Dales Countryside Museum

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This fascinating museum, managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes include: school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries.

The Museum itself is housed in an exciting and imaginative conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the Park. It is designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and a wheelchair can be borrowed on site. The Museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits and object handling sessions can be arranged for pre-booked groups.

The Research Room is open for local and family history research and volunteers can assist on Mondays and Wednesdays. Base for the Yorkshire Dales branch of Young Archaeologists.

Hawes National Park Centre - a networked tourist information centre - can be found in the same building as the Museum. Shop, Firebox café (opens Easter 2016) Exhibitions, events and demonstrations. Outdoor sculpture and nature trail. Creation station for children on the train.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archive, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 10.00-17.00

Closed: 24, 25, 26 December and all of January

Admission charges

Adults: £4.50
Concessions: £4.00
Children: Free
Group rates also available (a group consists of 10 people) £4.00 each
Annual pass £9


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Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Medicine, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Lead Mining in the Yorkshire Dales


A history of lead mining, a major industry in the Northern Pennines 1650 to 1900


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Document Library


Downloadable PDF educational files, aimed at different age groups from KS2 - further education. Subjects covered include the Yorkshire Dales National Park; the story of how UK National Parks came about; conserving a changing landscape; geology; wildlife and conserving biodiversity; cultural heritage - lifestyle in the landscape; tourism in the Dales; how the National Park Authority is building sustainability into tourism; access management; a case study of tourism in the Malham area; hill farming in the past, present and future; the quarrying industry in the National Park; and changing rural communities.

Out of Oblivion: A Landscape Through Time


This website showcases the unique cultural landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Timelines section examines geology, and explains 12,000 years of human history in the Dales. Themed information is arranged under topic headings such as ‘Leisure’ and ‘Agriculture’. There’s a dale-by-dale guide to exploring the historic landscape, a Kids’ Zone section with creative writing and PowerPoint presentations on work done by local ‘Young Archaeologists’, videos and audio trails, and an illustrated database of sites and artefacts based on our much larger Historic Environment Record.

Dales Countryside Museum
Station Yard
North Yorkshire

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01969 666210

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