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Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT, England
01969 666210
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Hawes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Very good museum reasonable entry fee £4 for adult £1 back if you've paid for parking.Part of the collection is shown in railway carriages on original platform which is novel touch.Museum is well laid out and very child friendly.

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Dales Countrysi... M, Manager at Dales Countryside Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope to be able to welcome you again at some point! More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is the old Hawes station, currently being used as the museum. Long-term plans are afoot to re-line the track to Hawes from Leyburn (in our lifetimes?) and this is the place to imagine. The museum itself asks a fee and is quite small. For local history I really do recommend it. Rare rug and knitting tools plus an array... More

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Dales Countrysi... M, Manager at Dales Countryside Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your recommendation! It's great to hear that you like the atmosphere of the Museum. We're working with the Wensleydale Railway who are using our recently renovated Weighbridge Hut to provide people with a little more information on their work. The Museum opened back in 1979 in the former Hawes station and has continued to grow since then. In... More

Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited during half term but were the only visitors. It is a small museum and really only good to visit if you have time to kill. It's not particularly informative about the dales as a whole. The staff were pleasant.

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Dales Countrysi... M, Manager at Dales Countryside Museum, responded to this review

Hello Karen Thank you for your comments. I do hope that you managed to see all of the Museum when you were here as we have several gallery spaces. In our new displays on Life and Spirit, we have been able to display beautiful artefacts like the gold Viking ring. The former Goods Shed features displays on three levels, on... More

Brisbane, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Although only £4 entry, we found the museum to be primarily aimed at 6-10 year olds and a waste of time for adults. So much money's pent on the buildings, but what was inside felt like going on a compulsory school excursion.

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Dales Countrysi... M, Manager at Dales Countryside Museum, responded to this review

Hello Julie Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. Throughout the Museum we have detailed interpretation panels describing all aspects of the history of the Dales from industry, crafts and farming, through to community life, leisure, transport and tourism. These are supplemented with our temporary exhibitions, which enable us to display more... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you have listened to great grandparents talk about 'the good old days', and thought they were idyllic times with none of the modern pressures of 21st century living, a visit to this museum will give you some idea what life was like for Dales folk. A series of well laid out and informative series of cameos about working and... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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62 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We heard that this museum was good, but it was even better than good - it was so informative and provided so much background about the history of the area - we probably should have visited on day one and not day three as we were leaving, but it was fine anyway - highly Recommend!

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Kent
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great Museum, many interesting sections nicely laid out in the old station, good value and well worth a visit!

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England
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20 reviews 20 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Having visited this area over several years, we returned this year with visitors from overseas. What a disappointment to see the once lovely open hall downstairs partitioned off into a payment or non payment area. The lovely quilting exhibition was squashed into a small stone area and the ladies were confined to demonstrating their beautiful work in a very restricted... More

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Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

For a small place there's a good variety of displays and exhibitions to interest everyone - several things for children to try out. Just spent 90 minutes there and enjoyed it. There was an exhibition of textiles and quilts which I loved but didn't raise a flicker from my other half - oh well - can't please them all!

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Hampshire
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106 reviews 106 reviews
49 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My personal view is that all museums should be free. If you pay a fee then they are not a museum but a visitor attraction. However this attraction was worth the modest fee of £4.00 and shed some light on many aspects of Dales history and life.

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