The Folly

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


The Folly, built in 1679, is the Yorkshire Dales’ only Grade I listed historic house regularly open to the public. It is home to the Museum of North Craven Life, which tells fascinating tales of the people and landscape of the local area.

The Museum has four permanent exhibitions. The Hall shows off the magnificent offices of Richard Preston, lawyer and landowner, the builder of The Folly. The Parlour houses a beautifully presented exhibition of Settle’s changing townscape. The Parlour Chamber is packed with detail about how people have lived and worked in North Craven since prehistoric times. On the top floor is the Settle-Carlisle Railway Room which tells the story of this historic railway, including the building of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. These are complimented by a range of temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year.

Our 2020 exhibitions include: Kill or Cure, which explores the history of healthcare in the local area, highlighting some historical healthcare heroes. The Lottery of Life tells the stories of real 19th century Settle residents, accompanied by an online game. Finally, we have Re… an exhibition in three parts about heritage, photography and the work of local photographer Tom Faulkner

We have lots of fun activities to keep kids of all ages entertained, including dressing up, objects to handle and a free-to-borrow Explorer Pack to get kids excited about museums. We run dedicated family friendly activities throughout school holidays. Please check our website for details.

Visit The Folly today and discover our fascinating museum, with its packed programme of exhibitions and events, enjoy a delicious drink, home baked cake or afternoon tea in our Coffee House and buy hand-picked work by Yorkshire makers in our Artisans’ Gallery shop.

The Folly will reopen in August 2020. Please visit our website for details on social distancing and other covid-19 safety measures.


Type Price
Adult £5
Full Time Student £2
Children under 16, Art Pass holders, Supporters, NHS staff and carers free

Opening Hours

Sun 11:00 16:00
Tue 11:00 16:00
Wed 11:00 16:00
Thu 11:00 16:00
Fri 11:00 16:00
Sat 11:00 16:00


  • Wi-Fi
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment


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