Find out more about the glorious Dales at the Dales Countryside Museum. 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. Highlights include being able to step back in time to find out why creatures like rhinos, elephants and hippos once roamed the area plus you can also see amazing and precious objects such as the Bronze Age spearhead and Viking gold ring.
Head to Swaledale Museum. This one of a kind museum is run by volunteers who aim to collect, display and make publicly accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Housed in a Methodist Day School built in 1836 the stimulating displays and exhibits showcase the development of the area from its geological foundations. The historic building has been modernised and allows visitors a gateway to beautiful walks, good food and plenty to see.
Gayle Mill is a restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill, complete with Victorian machinery driven by water-powered turbines. It is run by the voluntary organisation Gayle Mill Trust and supported by the Friends of Gayle Mill. Gayle Mill Trust has four main areas of responsibility; running the Mill as a historic visitor attraction, providing commercial wood services, electricity generation and heritage education and training.
Head to Bolton Castle. This extraordinary 14th century castle is one of the best preserved castles in the country, originally built as one of the finest homes in the land the castle scars over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the grade 1 listed building was damaged in the English Civil War but much of it remains and is still in the ownership of the descendants of the Scrope family. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, over 20acres of land that enjoys fine views and romantic spiral stairways.