See the Authentic Yorkshire at Keighley

Keighley is a West Yorkshire town with lots of attractions in the town itself and in the vicinity. Its position is ideally suited to discovering the moors, especially splendid when covered in heather.  Built on wealth from the textile industry, many grand Victorian buildings remain. As part of Bronte Country, it’s very convenient to visit Haworth, the former home of the literary family. Keighley is also part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage line that runs for five miles, with steam locomotives as part of the fleet.

Aside from good shopping, a cinema and other amenities, Keighley is well served by a number of museums, some of them quite unusual. Keighley Civic Centre Police Museum is housed in a former police station. Exhibits include police cells, both modern and Victorian, and a horse-drawn black maria. Keighley Bus Museum contains a collection of around 70 buses and other commercial vehicles, ranging from the 1920s to the 1990s, including the very last trolleybus in Britain. On the outskirts of the town, Cliffe Castle Museum has a wonderful home, in a former mansion and parkland once belonging to a local, Victorian textiles tycoon. It’s a great day out, with a costume collection, children’s play area, aviaries, old dolls and toys, geology specimens and much more.

The Picture House is Keighley’s independent cinema, which first opened in 1913 and has operated as a cinema continuously ever since. Today, it has state of the art equipment and a choice of two screens.