Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield and was completed in the 1880s. The house was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering social events.
In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a major restoration. Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, all of which can be seen on your visit along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community. Family areas ensure that there is something for all ages