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Dales Countryside Museum

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Address: Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT, England
Phone Number: 01969 666210
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Interesting and varied

I was particularly interested in the Dales history from the 17th century onwards and there were interesting displays about that. The time period covered goes back much further... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
DawnandSteveinLeeds
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A must visit museum for all ages as you go back through time in the Yorkshire Dales. There are recreations of how the Dales formed over the centuries, how the land has been worked by farmers and miners through the years, how livestock has developed and helped maintain the landscape. There is even an old steam train with carriages to... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I was particularly interested in the Dales history from the 17th century onwards and there were interesting displays about that. The time period covered goes back much further than that, though, including the Bronze Age. The museum has a variety of types of displays including in an old railway carriage.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is well worth a visit if you want to learn about the history of the dales and its people. I found it fascinating. When we went there we found one of their historians working in the library, and he was able to help us with tracing our family history. Lovely to meet someone with so much enthusiasm about their... More 

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

Thanks for the lovely comments. I'm really pleased that you were able to make use of the research room and that one of our volunteers was able to help you. We have a wonderful team of very knowledgeable volunteers that we rely on to help with enquiries! Hope to see you again at some point. More 

Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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390 reviews 390 reviews
145 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The organisers are to be congratulated in what they have achieved here. There is a wide range of exhibits, from ancient Viking jewellery to semi modern household items. The various exhibitions outlining the different trades, crafts and lifestyle of the Dales are well put together and very informative. My only disappointment is the train, and I agree with a previous... More 

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

Thanks for your review and suggestions for the carriages. We're working with the Wensleydale Railway in various ways and may be able to look at developing something in relation to the carriage interiors with them. The carriages we have here were bought from Carnforth in the 1990's and had only just been decommissioned at that point, so unfortunately they didn't... More 

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Quite interesting but pleased I'd not paid for the kids as what there was for them was too young and the adult stuff a bit over their heads. Interesting exhibition about the pennine way though and the different industries in the dales.

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

Hi - thanks for your comments, I was really interested to hear your thoughts. If you have any suggestions for the type of display or activity that your children or examples of things that they've really enjoyed elsewhere I'd really appreciate you getting in touch. We're looking to develop the range of activities for families and I'd like to make... More 

Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
6 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Not particularly a large attraction but they have made the best of what they have. The old railway out the back would have been interesting but there is none of the original interior. It had all been stripped out and designed for kids.

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

Thanks for visiting and I'm pleased you enjoyed your trip. I should perhaps explain that the railway carriages have never had original interiors, they were 1980's carriages with blue velour seats in them when they first arrived. Perhaps we can include some photos of original carriage interiors from the late 19th or early 20th century to show how people would... More 

Leyburn, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Until April 26 there's a great art exhibition at the museum celebrating 50 years of the Pennine Way. What with the other very interesting displays at the museum, the shops, the children's playground, teashops, and the Wensleydale Creamery Hawes certainly provides a great place for people of all ages to visit.

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

Thanks Pip. We've really enjoyed reading all the comments from visitors and seem to have inspired a few more people to get out there and way the Pennine Way! More 

Keighley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

So much information here and very helpful staff. tons of free Leaflets with Info on the area and the Dales in general.

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

Thanks for your review. I'm so pleased that you had an enjoyable visit and were made welcome by our staff. More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Been here so many times, lots of interesting things to learn about my beloved Dales, staff friendly and welcoming as always

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

Thanks for your review. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again when you next come to the Yorkshire Dales. More 

York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Informative and well presented displays and exhibitions. More read and understand rather than interactive. Very firendly staff

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

Thanks very much for sending a review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your visit and thought the Museum gave a good introduction to life in the Dales. More 

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