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.


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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.

More about the museum

What’s on

All what's on

  • An up close photo of two men engaged in negotiation. The horse they are negotiating over can be seen in the background

    On The Road

    Tue, 9 April 2024 - Sat, 29 June 2024

    Contemporary photography of the Gipsy, Roma and Travelling Communities at Appleby Horse Fair and across the British Isles. David Wright’s...

  • 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...

  • Colour photograph of Thwaite Scar. To the left are bare trees against grey sky. To the right, blue sky and sun

    Diamonds in the Landscape

    Sat, 4 May 2024 - Sun, 30 June 2024

    Originally designated in 1964, the Forest of Bowland celebrates 60 years in 2024 and starts the New Year with a...

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