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. 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.

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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 younger visitors? Follow our museum mouse trail for fun activities and stories about the house.

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Walter Morrison Festival
21 May-23 Dec 2021

Exhibitions, Talks, Walks and Guided Tours

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What’s on

All what's on

  • Close up of one of The Folly's windows. There are green leaves in the foreground and a door pillar in the background

    A House and Its History

    Mon, 19 July 2021 - Fri, 31 December 2021

    This new exhibition about The Folly takes you from the building of the house, right through to the restoration works...

  • Black and white photo of two farmers in front of Land Rovers and a trailer from 1986

    Going to Market

    Tue, 5 October 2021 - Thu, 23 December 2021

    An exhibition of photographs of livestock markets, 1970s-present, by Settle-based photographer John Bentley. John focuses on the human participants and...

  • Walter Morrison Festival

    Fri, 8 October 2021 - Thu, 23 December 2021

    The Walter Morrison Festival concludes with an exhibition celebrating his life and works at The Folly. Walter Morrison of Malham...

Visit us in Settle

Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EY

The Museum is open:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 4pm

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

Plan your visit

THE FOLLY Victoria Street Settle North Yorkshire BD24 9EY