We are open!

We have Covid-19 secure measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Our 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.

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Visitor Survey 2022

Thank you for visiting the Dales Countryside Museum.

We’d really appreciate it if you could complete our visitor survey by clicking on the link below.

We’re carrying out the survey to help us learn more about our audiences and how we can give them the best possible experience.

The survey should take around five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Dales Countryside Museum and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf.

You will be entered in a prize draw worth £30 of gift vouchers to spend in the shop or on the Yorkshire Dales Online Shop.

Thank you for your support!


Although we’re back open you can still enjoy the #museumfromhome, here is what we have got on offer.

Listen to our new podcast series ‘Voices From The Dales’ telling the stories of Dales folk and showcasing the rich accents of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

Have some family fun with our Created for Kids activities, learn something new and browse Past Exhibitions.

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Keep Safe

Upcoming events

Local History Month at North Yorkshire Libraries!

Dales Countryside Museum is partnering with Ryedale Folk Museum to provide activities in each North Yorkshire Library throughout the month of May, celebrating their local history month. Visit your library to contribute your local dialect words and to pick up your free family friendly activity pack inspired by the words recorded in the 1950 Survey of English Dialect. Check opening times of your local library. Part of the Dialect and Heritage Project.

Drystone Walling Demonstration

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. From the foundations to the top stones, find out how a pile of stones can be turned into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.

Flora and Fauna of Upper Wensleydale

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk exploring the flora and fauna in this area. The walk follows part of the riverside where flowers and birds can be seen. Walk along Sedbusk lane to Simonstone, taking in the flowers found on the waysides. On to Shaw Ghyll to see the waterfalls and plants like wild garlic like to grow. Red Squirrels are known to be spotted in this area too! Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £5. No dogs allowed. To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside Museum
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