A rich railway heritage centre, Keighley in West Yorkshire is the start of the popular Keighley & Worth Valley line running for 5 miles up into the Worth Valley to Oxenhope, via Railway Children Country at Oakworth and Bronte Country at Haworth. A classic Victorian railway route first opened in 1867, the scenery surrounding Oakworth station famously featured in the 1970s ‘Railway Children’ film. The Railway Children Trail, commencing from Oakworth Station, takes in various sights and scenes from the film.
Stay in a Keighley hotel and B&B and leave the car behind! Keighley’s mainline station offers fast direct rail links to Bradford, Saltaire, Leeds, Carlisle and beyond. This Victorian railway centre offers the ultimate base for exploring Bronte Country and Yorkshire by rail. Take a tour of the Keighley Bus Museum and see a classic collection of vintage buses dating from as far back as the 1920s.
Essential visiting is the quirky Cliffe Castle Museum, formerly the Victorian mansion home of the eccentric millionaire textile giant Henry Isaac Butterfield. The Gothic estate with ‘Grand Tower’ is the ultimate in Victorian kitsch, featuring ornate greenhouses, aviaries, William Morris stained glass and a fascinating collection of old toys.
Other attractions in the area include the National Trust’s 17th Century Manor house estate of East Riddlesden Hall just to the East of Keighley. Come and explore Bronte Country and book Keighley hotels & accommodation with Iknow now.