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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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  • Firstly, the castle is free which is great! There is so much to see, many different exhibitions to see, and also some rooms showing how the castle would have looked like.  more »
  • We have visited many museums and private houses and can honestly say that Cliffe Castle Museum is absolutely the best! The interior of the house has not been compromised (unlike so many others) by bei...  more »
  • I was most impressed with the diversity of exhibits and displays at Cliffe Castle. When you enter the old mansion you will see some ornately decorated rooms from the Victoria era. There is written inf...  more »
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  • Excellent place to visit.. we always visit park and often museum on trips to Keighley Yorkshire from Lancashire. Great park to walk around with good children's play area. Excellent interesting museum.
  • This museum is fantastic! Very educational and its free! A great day out.
  • Great place to go for free. Museum getting a little tired now but great varied selection of things.
  • Staff are enthusiastic about this old place free parking, a little playground for kids but wouldn't be it for young kids under 7 .
  • Best museum in the area. Excellent varied collection, well set out with interesting information.