Plan a visit to Cliffe Castle
Cliffe Castle closed for refurbishment
Cliffe Castle is currently closed for a major electrical and refurbishment programme. The site team look forward to welcoming you back from July 27th 2013.
We apologise for any inconvenience which the closure of the museum may cause and hope you will enjoy your visits from Summer 2013.
Cliffe Castle Museum was originally the spectacular mansion of the local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. It stands in attractive hillside grounds with greenhouses, aviaries and a children’s play area.
address: Cliffe Castle Museum, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6LH
telephone: 01535 618231
Currently closed for refurbishment
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
These may be viewed for research or interest purposes by prior arrangement. There are, for example, extensive collections of fossils, minerals, insects, shells and birds. Please telephone 01535 618231
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.
Meals and light refreshments are available in the Cliffe Castle Coffee Lounge in the park. The café is privately run and opening hours are seasonal (closed Mondays throughout the year but open Bank Holiday Mondays). Telephone 01535 606593.
Plant nursery shop
The shop stocks a variety of plants and gardening sundries plus dried flowers and gifts.
The Friends of Cliffe Castle
The Friends of Cliffe Castle (registered charity 1129655) support the work of Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley and organise a programme of talks and summer excursions. Contact them via Cliffe Castle 01535 618231.