An extraordinary historic house and museum in Settle, nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Built in 1679, The Folly is one of the Yorkshire Dales’ only Grade I listed buildings open to visitors. It started life as a gentleman’s residence, but The Folly has also been a farm, a lodging house, a holiday let and even a fish and chip shop.


More about the building

The Folly is home to the Museum of North Craven Life

Discover the stories of Settle and its surroundings and check out our changing exhibitions featuring art, history and everything in between!

Bringing children? Explore the museum together with our Fun at the Folly family trail.

More about the museum

What’s on

All what's on

  • Photo of limestone pavement at Malham Cove

    Finding Fault

    Tue, 9 April 2024 - Tue, 3 December 2024

    The spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is witness to over 400 million years of dramatic geological history, shaped by...

  • Close up of architectural details of The Folly

    Tours of The Folly

    Thu, 13 June 2024 - Thu, 26 September 2024

    Join one of our volunteers for a tour of The Folly, a stunning grade I listed house in the North...

  • Hester Cox - July

    Within These Walls

    Sat, 6 July 2024 - Sat, 28 September 2024

    An ongoing print project exploring and celebrating our valuable but endangered species-rich hay meadows. A celebration in print of Yorkshire...

Visit us in Settle

Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EY

The Museum is normally open:
Tuesday – Saturday and bank holiday Mondays, 11:00am to 4:00pm (last admission 3:30pm)
We close for around 6 weeks in January and February each year

The Folly Coffee House is open:
Monday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Plan your visit

THE FOLLY Victoria Street Settle North Yorkshire BD24 9EY