Cliffe Castle Museum

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm 

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm
Last admission 3.30pm

Closed Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Christmas opening times

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and 1st January

We would like to thank our visitors for their patience during the conservation work on the Butterfield stained glass windows. As the work nears completion, we will need to close for a brief period of time for essential cleaning, scaffold removal and other associated tasks.

Therefore the museums will also be closed 31st December 2018 - 17th January 2019.

We will reopen again on 18th January 2019.

Contact us

Address: Cliffe Castle Museum, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH

email: [email protected]

Phone: 01535 618231

How to find us

Cliffe Castle lies in a park on the outskirts of Keighley off the A629 Skipton Road. 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.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit



Access and Facilities

Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor - about three quarters of the displays. Ramped access to the cafe and some of the hillside park. Disabled parking spaces and toilet facilities. For further Cliffe Castle disabled access information visit DisabledGo

Help for the visually impaired

Bradford Museums and Galleries are proud to announce the introduction of AppEar; a new system to help the visually impaired explore our collections. This year we have been working closely with RNIB and Bradford Talking Media to develop the use of the audio PenFriend devices, which are already widely used within the visually impaired community. Visitors can now borrow a PenFriend from our reception desk to hear visual descriptions of the surrounding displays. For more information on the introduction of the AppEar system please contact Kirsty Gaskin tel 01535 618231 email [email protected]

Enquiries and identification

Curatorial staff are happy to identify "finds" and other objects and can give information about the local area. Please ring 01274 618231 to arrange an appointment, giving as much detail about the item as you can

Reserve and reference collections

The Reference and Reserve Collections are held in storage. These mainly consist of local collections of entomology, concology, botany, bird and mammal study skins, petrology, mineralogy and palaeontology. These are augmented by some national material and international specimens. Access to the reference & reserve collections is by appointment only, please contact the Curator of Natural Sciences Dr Gerard McGowan Tel: 01274 431212; e-mail [email protected]

Museum Shop

The shop in the museum offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts including cards, books and toys. Specialities include mineral specimens and jewellery, and also a selection of dinosaur books and toys.

Pavilion Café

Cliffe Castle's Pavilion Cafe is open for customers between 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For bookings and enquiries please call 01535 957060.

The Cliffe Castle Support Group

The Cliffe Castle Support Group (registered charity 1129655) 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. Contact them via Cliffe Castle Museum 01535 618231 or email [email protected]