It’s one of those places you’d drive past if you didn’t know it was there, but East Riddlesden Hall is well worth a look.
Set in its own little picturesque world of greenery and flowerbeds, the 17th century manor house was once home to a local cloth merchant, James Murgatroyd.
With historic roots in farming, this award-winning National Trust property is home to some fascinating collections of furniture and textiles, and highly knowledgeable guides are on hand to explain more about the background to each room or its contents.
The delightful tearoom is nestled in the rafters of an adjacent building, with cosy fayre and a hearty atmosphere. It is not to be missed.
The gift shop is below the café, and offers the usual array of cutesy souvenir trinkets and more general gift ideas. There are some interesting displays about other aspects of the hall’s history, too.
Be sure to take a turn about the lovely gardens while you’re at it, as whatever the weather, there is always a pretty flower or two to marvel at – and a pretentious photograph to be attempted.
There’s the new Riverside Walk along the banks of the River Aire as well, where you can spot all sorts of river wildlife while indulging in a leisurely stroll.
It’s not all history and flowers, though, with outdoor play areas and adventure trails to entertain the younger, more energetic visitors to East Riddlesden Hall.
Parking is completely free, as is access to the tea-room and gift shop.
Prices: Adults £6.60, children £3.30, family £16.50. Free for NT members.
Opening Times: Sat to Weds 10.30am to 4.30pm
Address: Bradford Road, Keighley
Car Parking: Free, on-site
Attraction Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall
Telephone: 01535 607075
Sat Nav: BD20 5EL
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