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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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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Colne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Lots to see in quite a small space, Interesting to see all the old dalescrafts and artefacts. The two ladies on duty at the time of our visit 14th Dec 2014, were particularly pleasant

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

Thanks for your review. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. If you're regular visitors to Hawes you might be interested in our Annual Pass. This gives you free entry all year round. Have a happy Christmas! More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We visited as part of a 'double header' with the rope works across the station yard. An interesting if slightly underwhelming display and interpretation centre. We didn't use the café. There are plenty of other options in Hawes for meals. Should be more interesting when the proposed western extension of the Leyburn railway takes place over the next few years.... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. Amongst other things, in the Museum next year we'll be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pennine Way and featuring the work of Dales printmakers alongside the work of international artists. The Visitor Centre will also be featuring the work of local artists and makers. Hope to see... More 

Eckington, null, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Made a visit on a damp misty day. Was impressed with the layout of the different sections of the displays. Although didn't have grandchildren with us, thought the childrens inter-active items were good and intend to re-visit with grandchildren. Only thing that let museum down was the "cafe". Not at all inspiring so went elsewhere in the village.

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

Thanks very much for your review. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that you plan to return with your grandchildren. Do watch out for our events programme. You can sign up for our e-news by emailing dcm@yorkshiredales.org.uk and we can then send you news and event updates so you know what's going to be happening. Through the... More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We visited in a large family group and there was something to appeal to all ages and interests in our party. The entrance fee allows free re-entry, which is useful if you want to come back again on a wet day. My nieces who are 13 and 10 found it really interesting. The staff were very friendly and informative. We... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We're still developing the outside trail and plans for the coming year include different trails to follow, stepping stone logs, balancing ropes, mud kitchen and a willow den. If you have any suggestions about what you or your family would like to see out there it... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
50 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Senior Reviewer
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 

Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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223 reviews 223 reviews
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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