The Folly

Step inside and discover The Folly, built in 1679, which 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.

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 opening times, social distancing and other covid-19 safety measures.


Victoria Street
BD24 9EY

Tel: 01729 825185