Cliffe Castle Museum

Opening Times


We continue to follow national and local guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and although we have reopened Cliffe Castle Museum for our visitors, we have implented the following revised opening times.

Winter Opening Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

11am - 3pm 

These opening hours may be subject to revision as we assess the situation.

Contact us

Address: Cliffe Castle Museum, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH

email: [email protected]

Phone: 01535 618231

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.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit

The Cliffe Castle Support group have created a useful map for walking up to Cliffe Castle from Keighley Town Centre. You can find it here: 




Access and Facilities

Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor - about three quarters of the displays. There is ramped access to the cafe and some of the hillside park. There are bluebadge parking spaces andaccessible toilet facilities. For further Cliffe Castle access information visit AccessAble.

Help for the visually impaired

Bradford Museums and Galleries are proud to use AppEar; a system to help the visually impaired explore our collections. We worked 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. 

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

The Reference and Reserve Collections are held in storage at Cliffe Castle and offsite. These mainly consist of local collections of entomology, concology, botany, bird and mammal study skins, petrology, mineralogy and palaeontology. These are augmented by some national material and international specimens. Access to these and other collections is by appointment only, please contact the Collections Curator Dr Gearóid Mac a' Ghobhainn Tel: 01274 431212; e-mail [email protected]

Museum Shop

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.

Pavilion Café

Cliffe Castle's Pavilion Cafe is open again - For bookings and enquiries please call 01535 957060.

The Cliffe Castle Support Group

The Cliffe Castle Support Group support the work of Cliffe Castle Museum and Park, Keighley.

The group is working with the museum and park teams to promote all aspects of the historic museum and park

Contact them via Cliffe Castle Museum 01535 618231 or email [email protected].

They do not have a membership fee, and all the events they organise are free, although booking may be required.  They keep members informed of upcoming events and projects and actively encourage others to become involved.

You can help the Cliffe Castle Support Group by:

  • Helping at openings and events
  • Working as a volunteer on conservation, research and development projects
  • Fundraising for projects