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This fascinating museum, managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present, and stimulates visitors to think about its future. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes include: school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries. The Museum itself is housed in an exciting and imaginative conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the National Park. It is designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and a wheelchair can be borrowed on site. The Museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits and object handling sessions can be arranged for pre-booked groups.


Dales Countryside Museum

The Forbidden Corner is often called a magical place but one of the best tricks it pulls off is to appeal to children and adults alike. Built in the four-acre gardens of Tupgill Park in the Dales, it's a warren of labyrinths, follies, passageways and secret doors. There are underground chambers, tunnels that shrink down to tiny doorways that adults have to crawl through and statues that are waiting to spring a surprise on the unwary. Entrance numbers are strictly limited so you have to book in advance but it's highly recommended to anyone with an ounce of imagination in them.


The Forbidden Corner

The series of waterfalls on the River Ure in Wensleydale are spectacular, particularly after the dale has been drenched in rain. Park at the visitor centre and walk through the woods to reach the Upper Fall. This is the biggest and most impressive and was used as a location for the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in the 90s. But the Middle and Lower Falls, where the river drops down over giant slabs of rock, are also breathtaking – you'll appreciate why Aysgarth has been voted one of the natural wonders of northern England. You can dip your feet in the water and explore the woods that line the riverbanks. There's also a museum, gift shop and cafe in the mill buildings by the Upper Fall.


Aysgarth Falls
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The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre is an extraordinary place to visit, full of history, heritage, and heaps of Wensleydale cheese-fuelled fun!

Take a trip back in time to where Wensleydale cheese-making began as you explore our museum or see our talented master cheese-makers in action from the Viewing Gallery!

Or, why not pop into our Cheese & Gift Shop to sample the cheese before heading to the 1897 Coffee Shop for a refreshing drink & light bite? Alternatively, dine with us in Calvert’s restaurant where you can sit back, relax and take in the stunning views over the surrounding Yorkshire Dales whilst you enjoy homemade dishes.

The best time to view our cheese-making is between 10am – 2pm. We do not make cheese every day, so please contact us for further details.


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A Postcard from Wensleydale - A selection of video clips and images taken throughout the year with music (Tundra) by kind permission of Beluga Lagoon - https://www.belugalagoon.com/