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Dales Countryside Museum


For a fantastic family day out, come and explore the Dales Countryside Museum, set in the pretty Market Town of Hawes, Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.


Loads of interactive and hands-on exhibits

Many exhibitions, events, workshops and demonstrations run throughout the year. Visit website for further information

School Visits are most welcome

Demonstrations including drystone walling and traditional crafts such as spinning and weaving

Object handling sessions can be arranged (for pre-booked groups)

Outdoor Trail: follow clues, find sculptures and enjoy a refreshing woodland wander


Shop – featuring goods inspired by the Museum’s Collection and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Research Room available with internet access, primary sources for local history research

Refreshments Room

Toilets with baby changing facilities

Fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs (wheelchairs can be borrowed on site)

Hawes National Park Centre (TIC) is also housed in the Museum

Firebox Cafe

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority manages the magnificent Dales Countryside Museum which tells the story of the past, present and future of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales landscape and the people who call this home. There are displays which capture the Dales development from the prehistoric era to the present day. Themes within the Museum include home life, school days, leisure time, farming, transport, religion, communication and tourism, local crafts and industries.

Dales Countryside Museum is to be found in an imaginative and exciting conversion of the railway station in Hawes. It has been created to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and on site there is a wheelchair available if needed. There are many interactive and hands-on exhibits at the Museum and for pre-booked groups object handling sessions can be arranged. The Museum offers an array of educational activities and is FREE for children. A selection of workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and events run throughout the year.

There is the Firebox Café located in the National Park Centre. It is a new modern coffee shop offering high quality light refreshments made from locally sourced ingredients from suppliers located in the Yorkshire Dales. When the weather is kind there is an outside seating area so you can enjoy the lovely Wensleydale Ice Cream, also available are Grab and Go Bags for those of you on the move. Here at Firebox Café you will find it is the perfect place to refuel, relax and recharge. In addition Firebox Café is an integrated part of Stage 1 Cycles. On site there is a cycle equipment shop and workshop.


Adults £4.80; Concessions and Group rate £4.30; (Group comprises 12 people). FREE ENTRY for under 16s.

Open Daily - 10am - 5pm (closed January)


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