Red House Museum - Closed

Red House Museum with yellow roses around the front door.
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Closed - Red House Museum closed permanently on 21 December 2016

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

Red House Museum closed permanently on 21 December 2016

Admission charges

Red House Museum closed permanently on 21 December 2016

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

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

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