Red House Museum

Red House Museum with yellow roses around the front door.
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This delightful, red-brick house, built in 1660, was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor, daughter of the house in the 19th Century, was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often, featuring the house as 'Briarmains' in 'Shirley'. Red House still looks very much as it would have in Charlotte's day, each room bringing visitors a step closer to the 1830s.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open: Tues to Thurs 11.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission to Red House (annual ticket including entry to Oakwell Hall)
Adult: £2.50 (£6.00)
Child: £1.00 (£2.50)
Family £6.00 (£14.50) for two adults and up to 4 children.

Additional info

Wheelchair access to "The Secret's Out", "Spen Valley Stories" and the ground floor of Red House. Fully accessible toilets. Stairs to upper floor. Induction loop facilities in the exhibition galleries. Braille plan and room guide.

The award-winning garden, recreated from 19th Century maps of the site, helps to capture the atmosphere of this bygone age. In the more modern setting of 'The Secret's Out' exhibition in the barn, visitors can see items owned and used by the Bronte family and learn all about Charlotte's connection with the Spen Valley and her friendships with Mary Taylor and Ellen Nussey. The new 'Spen Valley Stories' exhibition, housed in the restored cartsheds, relives the 20th Century memories of local people, using a mixture of pictures, mementoes, a user-friendly touchscreen terminal and the latest in audio technology.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Charlotte Bronte
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Gomersal and the Great War

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 March 2017 *on now

A community exhibition exploring the First World War including details about the Gomersal men who ‘joined up’ and how the war had an impact on village life.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Admission to House and Brontë exhibition: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Red House Craft Bee

  • 30 August 2016 1-4pm
  • 24 September 2016 1-4pm

Monthly social craft group sharing and learning skills in a friendly inspiring environment. For details/to join call Marilyn Moon on 01274 872224.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Explore the World with Kirklees Museums

  • 16 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Summer quiz trails with a prize draw and self-led craft activities in the house on the theme of New Zealand and Australia. Giant garden games will be available outside too.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Admission to House and Brontë exhibition: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6. Free entry to the garden and shop.

A photo of Red House Museum with yellow roses in flower around the door.

Heritage Open Weekend

  • 10 — 11 September 2016 12-5pm

Enjoy free entry to the house over this national weekend celebrating Britain’s rich heritage. Craft activities for children all weekend and Sunday will include demonstrations of traditional crafts and pastimes with the Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Red House Museum
Red House
Oxford Road
Nr Cleckheaton
West Yorkshire
BD19 4JP

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01274 335056


01274 335105

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