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Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

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4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, is a local heritage museum which opened in the grand, Victorian, neo-Gothic Cliffe Castle in 1959. The museum is the successor to Keighley Museum which opened in Eastwood House, Keighley, in ca.1892. There is a series of galleries dedicated to various aspects of local heritage, and to displaying the house itself. Entrance to the museum is free of charge.HistoryIt is believed that Keighley Museum was established in 1892, because that is when its first location, Eastwood House, Keighley, was purchased for the public. In 1950 the local benefactor Sir Bracewell Smith purchased Cliffe Castle, and had it redesigned as a museum and art gallery for the people of Keighley. The museum re-opened as Cliffe Castle Museum and Art Gallery in 1959.The Cliffe Castle buildingCliffe Hall was built by Christopher Netherwood between 1828 and 1833, and designed by George Webster of Kendal, a gothic revivalist. The Butterfields, a textile manufacturing family, bought Cliffe Hall in 1848. Henry Butterfield transformed the building by adding towers, a ballroom and conservatories from 1875 to 1880, and renamed it Cliffe Castle in 1878. He decorated the building with the griffin motif, which he had adopted as a heraldic crest.
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  • We spent a very pleasant afternoon here. The boys enjoyed looking at lots of different items of interest in lots of rooms. There were activities for kids to do too.,like dressing up and quizzes. There...  read more »
  • A little gem - most unexpected The display of birds & small animals was amazing And entry is free Gardens are being renovated - must go back next year in the summer 
  • Cliffe Castle museum is a great local museum. It has many exhibits of local artefacts which are informative and well presented. The highlights for me are always the Victorian rooms on the ground floor...  read more »
  • Best museum in the area. Excellent varied collection, well set out with interesting information.
  • A surprising find in the middle of Keighley. Lovely gardens, although they could do with some investment and interesting house. Great new playground for the kids.
  • Awesome displays, love the park.
  • Cliffe Castle Museum will be rated 5 Stars in about another 10 months when work is completed on New Cafe New Avery and New Toilets.
  • Staff are enthusiastic about this old place free parking, a little playground for kids but wouldn't be it for young kids under 7 .
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