History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

You’ll be fascinated by our amazing – and occasionally bloody – history.

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; it has a range of exciting things to do in Wensleydale. From family days out to historic tours; the raft of sights, sounds and smells brings the castle to life!

Churches Conservation Trust

Churches Conservation Trust

Discover great days out in historic churches! Explore the Dales and you will find St Gregory’s in Sedbergh, Holy Trinity in Wensley, Christ the Consoler in Skelton-cum-Newby and All Saints’ at Harewood and more!

Dentdale Heritage Centre

Dentdale Heritage Centre

At the Dentdale Heritage Centre visitors will find a wealth of information on the working lives and social customs of the Dales folk who inhabited this beautiful area in times past. Most of the exhibits are of genuine Dale’s provenance.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Eden Camp first opened to the public in 1987 and have since, with the help and support of visitors, grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is a Cistercian abbey with an elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic.

Gayle Mill

Gayle Mill

Gayle Mill is a restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill, complete with Victorian machinery driven by water-powered turbines. Dating from about 1784, is thought to be the oldest structurally unaltered cotton mill in existence.

High Corn Mill

High Corn Mill

One of the oldest buildings in the historic town of Skipton, High Corn Mill is is home to a fascinating taste of history along with a mix of quality independent shops, health, beauty and wellness services and businesses.

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle

No day out in the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to Middleham Castle. Once the childhood home of Richard III, you can relive the castle’s illustrious history and unlock the deeds of its great owners.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. It has something for all with 25 acres of award-winning gardens and a miniature railway.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is one of the best-preserved castle’s in North East England, Lord Barnard’s home provides over 600 years of history and a glimpse of life throughout the ages. With many examples of fine interiors and a stunning art collection.

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

With its breathtaking views, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire. Learn all about the castle’s past in the exhibitions before taking a peaceful stroll around the gardens.

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle and Gardens is situated 3 miles from Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out.

Swaledale Museum

Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers with the aims of collecting, displaying and making accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The focus is on lead mining and the culture and community it created.

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum offers one of Britain’s most fascinating museum experiences and is home to the most important collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, including paintings by Goya and El Greco.

Wensleydale Railway

Wensleydale Railway

From the lowland Vale of Mowbray to the upland splendour of the famous Yorkshire Dales, the Wensleydale Railway is a rural railway line that passes through market towns, woodland, villages and farmland, offering a great day out.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil. It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. Together, nature and people have created a landscape of immense beauty.