Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

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About

Part of Bradford District Museums and Galleries, Cliffe Castle was originally built in the 1880s as the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield.

The completed house was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering social events, and Butterfield family connections included the Roosevelts of America and members of the court of Napoleon III  - as reflected in some of the displays.

In the 1950s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith, a local man who became Lord Mayor of London. Sir Bracewell commissioned architect Sir Albert Richardson to turn Cliffe Castle’s gardens into a grand public park and remodelled the Castle to be a free museum for the people of the district – which continues to this day, winning (and retaining) a coveted Heritage Green Flag award – the first in the district!

In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a series of restorations, inside and out with Victorian features in the park reinstated, and the breathtaking stained glass Butterfield Window on the Grand Staircase restored.

Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms, furniture paintings, and decorative art.  There’s also galleries specialising in galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, alongside the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co.   

The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions drawn from our collections and the wider community.   We like to say there really is ‘something for everyone’ on a visit to Cliffe Castle!

Bradford District Museums & Galleries are a family friendly organisation.  We regularly organise free events, activities and workshops across all four sites particularly during the school holiday periods – check www.bradfordmuseum.org for the latest events and activities on offer.
 

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

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View AccessAble’s Access Guide to find out about this venue’s accessibility. The guide contains detailed, accurate information which has been put together following a visit to the venue by one of AccessAble’s trained surveyors (link opens in a new window).

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Events

Wednesday, 14th February 2024 - Tuesday, 30th April 2024

SamuraiThe Art Of The SamuraiCome and see Samurai costumes and swords at Cliffe Castle Museum.
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Friday, 22nd March 2024 - Sunday, 14th April 2024

Totally Chaotic History Museum Trail posterTotally Chaotic History Museum TrailExplore the amazing world of Ancient Egypt at Cliffe Castle Museum this Easter.
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Sunday, 14th April 2024 - Sunday, 14th April 2024

Bird WalkCCSG Bird Walk Led By John PreshawJoin the Cliffe Castle Support Group (CCSG) Bird Walk with John Preshaw to discover the birds of Cliffe Castle Park!
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Sunday, 21st April 2024 - Sunday, 21st April 2024

Watercolour paintingCherry Blossom CelebrationJoin us for a afternoon celebrating Cherry Blossom at Cliffe Castle
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Sunday, 5th May 2024 - Sunday, 5th May 2024

Cliffe CastleDawn Chorus at Cliffe CastleExperience the magical dawn chorus at Cliffe Castle in Keighley, by joining 'A Sense of A Place' and the 'Cliffe Castle Support Group.
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Sunday, 5th May 2024 - Sunday, 5th May 2024

Sunday, 2nd June 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Sunday, 30th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Music at the MuseumMusic at the Museum: Monthly ConcertsMusic at the Museum: a season of monthly Sunday afternoon concerts – from 14:00 at Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley.
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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Sunday, 1st December 2024

A drawing of treesWithin Nature - East And WestA wonderful new exhibition at Cliffe Castle
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Saturday, 3rd August 2024 - Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Creative Eco Fest posterCreative Eco FestA fantastic festival at Cliffe Castle.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry

Children

  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Cliffe Castle lies in a park on the outskirts of Keighley off the A629 Skipton Road. Approximately 12-25 minutes walk from Keighley railway station, 6-15 minutes walk from the bus station. Buses pass the lower main gates. The 903 bus service operates from Keighley Bus Station and serves Cliffe Castle on a limited basis.

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park

Type:Museum

Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6LH
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Opening Times

* Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 - 16:00.

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