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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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  • What a little hidden Gem, went on a rainy day for some where to go and we weren't disappointed, they had a photo exhibition on by the llkley Camera Club, excellent not to be missed, showed some good p...  more »
  • Took my two grandchildren , girl 7 ,boy 11 , and they loved it.such a variety of exhibits in a stunning house. Still under reconstruction and when it is finished it will be brilliant. Highly recommend...  more »
  • I visited after spending an hour at East Riddlesden Hall. You can get to this from there by walking or public transport. Fabulous museum with hundreds of items of interest from minerals to fashion. Pl...  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.