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

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What’s on

All what's on

  • A photograph of an art diorama. The diorama features geese and blue triangles on wires, twisted to say the word "Settle". The artwork is by Caitlin Mawhinney

    A Life in Letters

    Sat, 8 July 2023 - Sun, 17 December 2023

    Our summer exhibition showcases ten new artworks inspired by the writing of Settle poet and novelist, Jean Harrison. The works...

  • Six of Mark's artworks. Each features a cast piece of bronze and a stylised series of words

    Art Forms in Nature: 100 Days, 100 Artworks

    Sat, 7 October 2023 - Sun, 17 December 2023

    An exhibition which invites you to look closer… Ernst Haeckel observed nature in great detail, often under a microscope and...

  • Colour photograph which mixes the dramatic grey of Malham Cove with green trees, blue skies and deep reflections in Malham Beck

    Focus on North Craven

    Sat, 7 October 2023 - Sun, 17 December 2023

    Focus on North Craven features 40 photographs taken by members of Settle Photographic Group during the past few years, including...

Visit us in Settle

Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EY

The Museum is open:
Tuesday – Saturday every week and bank holiday Mondays, 11:00am to 4:00pm

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