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Visitor Attractions in The Yorkshire Dales • Arts and Crafts

Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre, Keld (Swaledale)

The Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre was opened in May 2011. It is a small visitor centre telling the story of the village, the landscape and the lives of people working and living in the upper dale, both past and present. The centre is adjacent to the Chapel and the Manse and was formally used to stable the ministers' horse and trap. The original stalls, hayracks and cobbled floor have all been retained. Visitors can browse the points of interest wall displays, artifacts or listen to the auditory memoires of local people both young and old. A comprehensive range of information leaflets and suggested walks are also available. Throughout the year, local people will be demonstrating their skills and sharing their local knowledge with visitors. Drop in and you may see wool being spun by hand, waving, rug making, paintings of the dale or artists at work.
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Tel. 01748 886845

The Swaledale Museum, Reeth (Swaledale)

The Swaledale Museum is an independent Museum run by volunteers with the aims of collecting, displaying and making publicly accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Website:
Tel: 01748 884118

Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes (Wensleydale)

Housed in the former Hawes Railway station and more recently extended to include a purpose built museum complex, including circular exhibition/lecture theatre. The museum displays an era of the dales way of life and traditions long gone. These include vetinary, leadmining, knitting, agriculture, wartime, cheesemaking and much, much more.
Tel: 01969 666210

Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes (Wensleydale)

Receiving over 200,000 visitors each year, their Visitor Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant. Website:
Tel: 01969 667664

The Ropemakers, Hawes (Wensleydale)

Recent expansion has seen the Ropeworks grow to over 10,000 square feet and it attracts thousands of visitors every year, who come to watch traditional ropemaking in progress. Part of the facination of watching ropes being made is the satisfaction of seeing the complete process, in which many thin strands of yarn are rapidly twisted into a strong rope and to enjoy the facilities on offer, including a well-stocked shop full of gift ideas. Website:
Tel: 01969 667487

Forbidden Corner, nr Middleham (Coverdale)

The strangest place in the world! This place is difficult to describe, a labyrinth that takes you both in and outdoors, through waterfalls, hidden doors, beautiful gardens, deer park and woodland. Well worth a visit! Have to book in advance. Website:
Tel: 01969 640638

Bolton Castle (Wensleydale)

As featured on ITV's 'The Dales' programme. Castle Bolton is a little different to other castles and is well worth a visit! You really get a feel for what life was really like during the Castle's heyday through providing the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the past! Visitors often comment on the incredible atmosphere of the Castle with many of the rooms giving the feeling that their inhabitants had just walked out. There's also the Falconry Experience, Wild Boar park, Bee Keeping through the ages and Archery!
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Tel. 01969 623981