Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.


Upcoming events

Low Borrow Bridge in the Roman Period

An illustrated talk by Graham Hooley from Lunesdale Archaeology Society about the Roman Fort at Low Borrow Bridge. (more…)

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition
50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling – one of the most iconic features of the National Park landscape. (more…)

In the Kitchen

50 Years of Life & Tradition
50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where Mrs H will explain the hard work that went on there. (more…)

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Voices from the Land

01 February to 26 March (except 8 March)

This exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and writing shares the lives and practices of Dales farmers today. What does it take to work this harsh land? What has changed in the last 50 years and how does the future look? The work has been collected over ten months on farms and at shows and sales by Rob and Harriet Fraser and a team of volunteers. It will be displayed alongside items from the Museum’s collection.


Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales: A Celebration

01 April to 03 July (except 20-22 April)

Celebrating 50 years since the original publication of this important work that captured the last days of a disappearing way of life. We share the background to the book by iconic Dales authors Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby – who with their foresight and passion for collecting, founded the Museum in 1979. Original notes, photographs, sketches and artefacts give a glimpse into the everyday lives of Dales people.

Twenty Years of the Calendar Girls

06 July to 30 September

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the tragic death of Angela Baker’s husband John, an Assistant National Park Officer for the National Park Authority. During his illness, Angela’s friends began to raise money by creating an alternative WI calendar. Follow their story.

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