The Museum opens for the 2014 season on Tues 15 April 2014, with a new exhibition: Slow down with a stunning exhibition of contemporary crafts: Make it Slow at The Folly, Settle: 15 April-29 June 2014. Please see our new 2014 leaflet and our guide to events April-June 2014 (pdf).
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