Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

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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 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 for the latest events and activities on offer.

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

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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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Sunday, 1st December 2024

Within Nature – East and West | Sungsil Park Within Nature - East And WestA wonderful new exhibition at Cliffe Castle
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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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Thursday, 25th July 2024 - Thursday, 25th July 2024

Festival Of Archaeology Event: Cliffe Castle MuseumFestival of Archaeology at Cliffe Castle MuseumExperience the excitement of the Festival of Archaeology at Cliffe Castle Museum this summer! (Pay as you feel.)
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Saturday, 3rd August 2024 - Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Creative Eco Fest posterCreative Eco FestCreative Earth Eco Fest coming to the beautiful grounds of Cliffe Castle, Keighley, this summer.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2024 - Tuesday, 6th August 2024

Leaves (Canva)Printing Within NatureCheck out the Printing in Nature Exhibition at Cliffe Castle Museum this season and try out new printing techniques.
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Thursday, 22nd August 2024 - Thursday, 22nd August 2024

Cliffe Castle Park, KeighleyOur Nature - Our PlanetGet creative at Cliffe Castle Museum this summer with artist Bridget Tempest!
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Saturday, 31st August 2024 - Saturday, 31st August 2024

Teddy Bears (Canva)Teddy Bears, Fairies, and DragonsGet ready for a Teddy bear picnic like no other at Cliffe Castle Museum.
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • 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


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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