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

Trees and Woods

An illustrated talk by author David Joy as part of the launch for his new book "Discover your woods : Trees in the Dales". Included in museum admission.

Men of Lead

An illustrated talk  by author David Joy on the history of lead mining in the Dales. Included in museum admission. Part of our Dales industrial heritage talk series.

Richmondshire Youth Theatre Presents - Miners of Lead and Dales Nurses during WW1

See two short plays back to back. The first tells the story of Dales lead miners and the second explores the efforts of Dales Nurses (Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses) during WW1. The cast of this production are from Richmondshire Youth Theatre, who provide high quality youth theatre opportunities within the Dales. The members of the group will also be in character within the galleries, helping to bring the stories of the Dales to life. This production is funded by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities Sustainable Development Fund and supported by the Dales Countryside Museum. Included in museum admission.
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Shepherdess – One Woman Farm

22 May to 08 September

A tough and tender portrait of a ‘true-to-life’, born and bred shepherdess, Alison O’Neill . In a special corner of the Yorkshire Dales, there is deep gratitude and spiritual fulfilment to be found in the essential work of a Shepherdess. Documented in heartfelt photographs and personal words, this exhibition portrays the growing intimacy between a woman, her flock and her love affair with life on a small hill farm, and the intractable realities of this traditional existence.

Photographer Ian Lawson produced a book Shepherdess – One Woman Farm here



Dairy Days

12 September to 31 December

Dairying has been at the heart of the Wensleydale economy since records began and still thrives today.This exhibition is the culmination of a two year project to research and share the story of this unbroken thread. The local community has shared personal stories and collections helping to bring the wonderful historic dairying artefacts and archive photographs in the Museum collection to life. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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