Dales Countryside Museum

“Fascinating museum shares the stories of the Yorkshire Dales –past and present.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Hawes, North Yorkshire

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The Dales Countryside Museum shares the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales. Start your visit to the Yorkshire Dales at the Dales Countryside Museum. Discover incredible objects, personal stories and family fun to make the most of your trip. Children visit free and with the Annual Pass for adults, families can make the most of our drop-in holiday activities. Take time out, treat yourself and learn a new skill at a workshop.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Hidden Gem accolade
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Dales Countryside Museum
Station Yard, Burtersett Road, , Hawes, HAWES, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lifts, access ramps and a low-level information counter
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: We are open daily: 10am–5pm February to October; 10am–4.30pm November; 10am–4pm December; weekends only 10am–4pm in January

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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