Settle's House of Mystery


The Folly is a striking and impressive 17th century Grade I listed building close to the centre of the market town of Settle.

The Folly is Settle's finest building and is of outstanding architectural importance.

It was built in the late 1670s by Richard Preston, a wealthy Settle lawyer. Standing by the old main road into the town, the house was undoubtedly built to make an impact.

Throughout its life The Folly has been a family home, farmhouse, bakery, warehouse, furniture shop, refreshment rooms, fish & chip shop,  bank, salvage business and holiday let.

​Today, you can visit The Folly and explore local history in the Museum of North Craven Life, enjoy a delicious drink, home baked cake or lunch in our Coffee House, take part in a year-round programme of events and exhibitions and buy work by local craft makers and artisans in our Gallery.

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The Folly Coffee House is open 
every day throughout the year.
(apart from Christmas Day
& Boxing Day)

The Coffee House and licenced cafe serves delicious breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon teas, coffee and cakes in the wonderful setting of our 17th Century Grade I Listed Building

Gluten Free & Vegetarian options
always available

Family Friendly  #  Dog Friendly

Museum and Exhibitions

Open Every Day 11:00am to 4:00pm

Changing Exhibitions, Events, Workshops and Family Fun


The Folly Artisans Gallery is open every day throughout the year.
(apart from Christmas Day
​ & Boxing Day)

The Gallery sells the very best
of arts and crafts produced by
very talented artisans from the
North Craven area of the
Yorkshire Dales.

A fantastic gallery in the wonderful setting of our 17th Century Grade I Listed building

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