Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

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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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  • Took the kids (19 months and 4) to Cliffe Castle and was really surpised at how good a day out it is. Started upstairs which seemed quite random and low key (highlights being the bees and my 19 mth ol...  more »
  • Visited July 2017. Last visit over three years ago when they had a small cafĂ© and conservatory with plants etc. Still a great museum and the developments in the grounds look really good so far. A new ...  more »
  • This attraction just keeps on giving! The building is an imposing Victorian edifice and the entrance porch is stunning, with its stencilled and patterned walls and its beautiful stained glass. The fur...  more »
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  • A victorian bling mansion, with an eclectic mix of items. Some lovely Morris stained glass, stuffed animals, rocks and crystals, and much much more - all for free!
  • Hadn't been in Cliff Castle for years. Absolutely wonderful museum. If you haven't been in yet, you're really missing a great experience. Lovely settings with local and international interests.
  • Very welcoming museum with excellent presentations especially the stained glass collection. Enjoyed the numerous examples of trades, fossils, grand living of the gentry and all ancillary exhibitions. Would definitely return. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.
  • A very family friendly park. Museum is awesome and a new cafe too.
  • Very historic. The grounds are being updated at the moment (2017) however they should look very stunning come 2018.

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