About

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.

Our highlights include:

Dales Countryside Museum is in the former Victorian railway station at Hawes. See our loco, climb aboard the carriages and get crafty in our Creation Station – there are loads of things to do all round the Museum.

Step back in time and wonder at beautifully crafted objects like our Bronze Age spearhead and gold Viking ring.

Have fun on our outdoor trail – take a woodland wander, see how many animals you can find and invent your own stories in our special storytelling chair!

More than just displays

As well as our galleries showcasing objects from the weird to the wonderful, we also have a programme of special exhibitions that offer something new to see and a range of exciting events and activities, giving you the chance to roll up your sleeves and try something different!

You can also find out all there is to do and places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales from the National Park Centre onsite.

At the Firebox café, refuel, recharge and relax so you can make the most of your visit to the Museum and Hawes!

Browse our shop for Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and makers as well as maps, books and all you need for your trip to the Yorkshire Dales.

Dales connections? Dip into your family history in our Research Room – expert help is on hand on Mondays and Wednesdays.

It’s not just us that thinks we’re great!

Since 2012 we have been awarded the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme mark. This is a quality assurance scheme, managed by VisitEngland, which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions.