Days Out: Wensleydale Creamery

If you're crackers about cheese, then take a leaf out of Wallace and Gromit's book this half term and head to the Wensleydale Creamery.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 18th February 2017, 6:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:33 am

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is very much a part of the county’s DNA – it’s been made in the dale since the 12th Century when Cistercian monks pioneered this soft, crumbly cheese – so a trip to discover its origins is a must on any visit to the Dales.

Situated on the edge of the pretty market town of Hawes, the creamery has undergone a major revamp in recent years, but Wensleydale cheese is still handmade the way it always has been, using a time honoured recipe from local milk.

Watch this fascinating process from start to finish at the brand new cheese-making viewing gallery before trying some yourself in the visitor centre – there’s more than 20 award-winning flavours to try, from the classic Wensleydale and cranberry to the more exotic Wensleydale with orange and champagne, so come with an empty stomach.

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There’s also new touch screens showing behind the scenes footage, as well as hands on games and activities for the kids – they’ll get to drive a mini milk tank and learn how a cow makes milk.

If you’re still feeling peckish then head to the 1897 Coffee Shop for some homemade light bites. However, if you’re after something a little more substantial then try the mouth-watering Yorkshire delicacies at Calvert’s Restaurant. Their signature dishes include the Ultimate Yorkshire Wensleydale Experience – a three-course extravaganza of Black Sheep Ale-battered Wensleydale Cheese, Wensleydale chicken and the famous Wensleydale and ginger cheesecake. Just make sure you book to avoid disappointment.


Admission: Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience – adults £2.50, children £1.50. Free entry to cheese and gift shop.

Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4.30pm. Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Address: Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3RN

Parking: Free on-site

Telephone: 01969 667664