New exhibitions from1 July 2014: see War Beckons, 'Journeys Through a Family Archive', The Saving of the Settle Carlisle Railway
The Folly is a striking and impressive 17th century house close to the centre of Settle in the heart of Yorkshire's Craven Dales
The Folly was built in 1679 by Richard Preston, a wealthy lawyer. His new house, standing by the old main road into the town, formed the centrepiece of his estate in Settle and was undoubtedly built to make an impact.
More information on the Folly can be found on this website by following the links at the side and bottom of each page
If you have arrived at this page hoping to find The Folly Photography Gallery and Media Centre in Lancaster, please click on the link; we apologise for the inconvenience.
The Museum of North Craven Life occupies the South and Central ranges of the Folly. The ground floor of the north range has been painstakingly restored and is available as a luxury holiday apartment: see North Range for more information