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Cliffe Castle Museum

Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley West Yorkshire, BD20 6LH
01535 618231

About Cliffe Castle Museum

There really is something for everyone at Cliffe Castle in Keighley. You can see sparkling Victorian rooms, overflowing with paintings, furniture and art of every style. But there are also rooms dedicated to nature, the district’s archaeology and a display of stained glass by Morris and Co.

It’s an absolute feast for the imagination.

Cliffe Castle was originally built in the 1880s as the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield and was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering parties and society events.

In the 1950s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith, who 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.  That continues to this day, winning (and retaining) a coveted Heritage Green Flag award – the first in the district!

In recent years Cliffe Castle has had a glow-up, inside and out, with Victorian features in the park reinstated, and the breathtaking stained glass Butterfield Window on the Grand Staircase restored. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community, as well as a fantastic café.

Stone Age to Bronze Age at Cliffe Castle Museum
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Baby Changing



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Belonging at Cliffe Castle Museum
Rocks and Fossils at Cliffe Castle Museum
Musical Rocks at Cliffe Castle Museum

Explore Cliffe Castle with 21st Century Technology

Cliffe Castle Museum has a feast for your eyes with their new virtual reality tour.


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

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

By public transport

Approximately 12-25 minutes walk from the railway station, 6-15 minutes walk from the bus station. Buses (for example Bradford to Skipton) pass the lower main gates. The 903 bus service operates from Keighley Bus Station and serves Cliffe Castle on a limited basis.

What's On

Cliffe Castle Museum

25 July 2024 11:00 am – 25 July 2024 3:00 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

3 August 2024 11:00 am – 3 August 2024 3:00 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

6 August 2024 11:00 am – 6 August 2024 3:00 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

22 August 2024 11:00 am – 22 August 2024 3:00 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

31 August 2024 11:00 am – 31 August 2024 3:00 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

6 September 2024 11:00 am – 6 September 2024 3:30 pm

Cliffe Castle Museum

7 September 2024 – 7 September 2024

Cliffe Castle Museum

29 November 2024 11:00 am – 29 November 2024 3:30 pm

Black and white etching of woodland. The trees are bare of foliage and in the foreground, there is a fallen trunk
Cliffe Castle Museum

1 June 2024 10:00 am – 1 December 2024 4:00 pm

Listen to the Cliffe Castle Gavotte

Latest News

Our newest exhibition at Cliffe Castle has just opened to visitors. In this blog Lowri, our Collections curator gives us an insight into the exhibition.
In 2023, Dr Lauren Padgett, Assistant Curator of Collections, worked closely with Keighley Art Club to co-curate a temporary exhibition celebrating the Club’s history, spanning over 100 years. The Centenary Celebration was launched in September 2023 and runs until Sunday 14 January 2024.
One of our wonderful volunteers, Ian, has been busy reading and transcribing elements of the Butterfield archive - most recently he’s been piecing together some of the stories that the receipts and other documents can tell us.  Here’s a timely one for the festive period…
I must apologise to our visitors at Cliffe Castle for the hammering and banging of late but rest assured, it isn’t anything paranormal and just me using a nail gun for the first time!
Further Information
Evolution at Cliffe Castle Museum

Find out everything you need to know before you visit us. Including opening times and how to find us.

Bradford District Museums & Galleries’ Learning Team offers schools a wide range of curriculum-linked workshops at our inspiring sites.

The Cliffe Castle Support Group support the work of Cliffe Castle Museum and Park, Keighley. The group is working with the museum and park teams to promote all aspects of the historic museum and park.

The latest news and updated from Cliffe Castle Museum


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Learn At Cliffe Castle Museum

Bradford Museums & Galleries’ Learning Team offer a range of exciting, hands-on, curriculum-linked workshops at Cliffe Castle Museum.