Built in the late 17th century, The Folly is Settle’s only Grade 1 listed historic house and the town’s finest and most significant building.
Once the home of Richard Preston, a wealthy lawyer, and standing on what was previously the main road into the town, The Folly was a symbol of wealth and power. Throughout its life The Folly has had a range of different uses, from a family home, farmhouse, bakery, warehouse, furniture shop, refreshment rooms, fish & chip shop, bank, salvage business and recently a holiday let.
Yet some of its history still remains a mystery.
Today, you can visit The Folly and discover our packed programme of exhibitions and events, enjoy a delicious drink, home baked cake or lunch in our Coffee House and buy work by Yorkshire makers in our Artisans’ Gallery shop.