Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

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About

Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included wool textile mills and a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China.

The completed house was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering social events. Butterfield family connections included the Roosevelt’s of America and members of the court of Napoleon III.

In the 1950s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith, a local man who became Lord Mayor of London. Sir Bracewell used 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.

In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a major restoration. Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, all of which can be seen on your visit along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community. Family areas ensure that there is something for all ages.

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

Sunday, 9th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil JacksonLook To The Stars: Pop-up PlanetariumCome and explore the solar system from the comfort of Cliffe Castle Museum in the amazing pop-up planetarium.
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Sunday, 23rd October 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Music At The MuseumMusic At The MuseumA season of monthly Sunday afternoon concerts – from 2pm
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Sunday, 23rd October 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Sunday, 20th November 2022 - Sunday, 20th November 2022

Sunday, 11th December 2022 - Sunday, 11th December 2022

Sunday, 15th January 2023 - Sunday, 15th January 2023

Sunday, 12th February 2023 - Sunday, 12th February 2023

Sunday, 12th March 2023 - Sunday, 12th March 2023

Sunday, 9th April 2023 - Sunday, 9th April 2023

Sunday, 7th May 2023 - Sunday, 7th May 2023

Sunday, 4th June 2023 - Sunday, 4th June 2023

Sunday, 2nd July 2023 - Sunday, 2nd July 2023

Music At The MuseumMusic At The MuseumA season of monthly Sunday afternoon concerts – from 2pm
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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

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park

Type:Museum

Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6LH
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Call direct on:

Tel01535 618231

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

Opening Times

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

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