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 2021 exhibitions include: a local history festival to celebrate the life of Walter Morrison, MP and philanthropist; Run the Dales, a selection of modern photography celebrating fellrunning; and an in depth look at the history of The Folly itself.

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 gift shop.

Please visit our website for details on our covid-19 safety measures.


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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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