Things to do in Keighley in the Summer Holidays
Keighley has a number of places to visit during the summer holidays. In and around the town there are numerous things to do over the summer months. This post forms part of our summer holiday things to do / places to visit series.
Keighley is located in the Aire Valley: 9 miles south of Skipton and fifteen miles from Leeds. It is accessible from Leeds, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square railway stations on regular services along the Airedale line. A bus service also runs from each of those transport hubs.
Cliffe Castle Museum
Cliffe Castle Museum is situated a short walk from Keighley town centre. The museum is in the grandiose former home of a wool baron. The building was, as the name suggests, a mock castle though its interior was far from medieval! The museum highlights some of the architectural features of this fascinating building and has galleries containing furniture and artwork from the days when Cliffe Castle was a place of residence. Alongside this are interactive galleries on the geology of the Aire Valley and a permanent gallery of artefacts from Ancient Egypt. A large exhibition hall has a rolling programme of exhibitions and events on over the year. In the large surrounding park there is an aviary, recently refurbished cafe and a collection of birds; for example, peacocks. There is a children’s play area. In the summer the park’s band stand is sometimes used by brass bands and there are plans for a mini day long family festival to be hosted in the park. Museum Website.
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall is one of the oldest buildings in the area, with parts of the walls being dated back into the early post Norman invasion period. The main part of the house is a little later: late Tudor. The home is maintained by the National Trust who have endeavoured to make it look as close to how it would have done at that time as is feasible. The drawback with East Riddlesden Hall is that it isn’t entirely accessible. However the gardens are also worth visiting. East Riddlesden Hall is roughly a mile from Keighley town centre. It is accessible on some local bus routes. Museum website.
Ingrow Railway Museum
The Ingrow Railway Museum is one of a number on the Worth Valley Railway. It is home to a number of engines at various stages of renovation. The museum does not have as many examples as the railway’s other museum – at Oxenhope – but is the place where the Worth Valley Railway host their themed days and events for children. See the Worth Valley Railway museum, details below, for dates and details of the forthcoming events.
Worth Valley Railway
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is one of the best known volunteer railway services in the UK. Featured in films such as The Railway Children, it is Keighley’s main tourist attraction. The railway itself is a former branch line than ran up the Worth Valley from Keighley to Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope. The service uses renovated trains – mainly, though not exclusively, steam – throughout the year. The station at Keighley and indeed at the services other stations have been restored to their glory days prior to the Beeching closures. There are themed trains, children’s specials and even beer festivals run on the trains and at the stations. The Worth Valley line runs adjacent to the Network Rail station and is in central Keighley. See the website for timetables, fares and special events.