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Red House Museum

Red House Museum


Delightful 1830's cloth merchant's home with fascinating Brontë connections. Charlotte Brontë visited often and featured Red House in her novel "Shirley". Includes period rooms, enchanting recreated gardens and exhibitions in restored outbuildings.

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'. Her fondness for the house is evident: "There was no splendour but there was taste everywhere."

Red House still looks very much as it would have in Charlotte's day. Each of the rooms brings you closer to the 1830s, from the elegant parlour to the stone-flagged kitchen with its Yorkshire range, jelly moulds and colourful crockery.

The stained glass windows, described in 'Shirley' are perfectly preserved in the dining room. And the award-winning recreated 19th Century gardens, with their shaped beds, decorative ironwork and authentic varieties of plants and shrubs, help to capture the atmosphere of this fascinating bygone age.

Explore Charlotte Bronte's Spen Valley connections and her friendships with Mary Taylor and Ellen Nussey in The Secrets Out exhibition in the barn. What did local people say when they discovered that she'd based some of her characters in 'Shirley' on them? And how did Charlotte, Mary and Ellen react to society's strict view of 'a woman's place'?

Move along to the 20th Century and the Spen Valley Stories exhibition in the restored cartsheds. Relive schooldays, Teddy Boys, dance marathons and street parties through the pictures and mementoes of local residents. The latest audio technology lets them tell their own stories while you browse through historical photos on a user-friendly, touchscreen terminal.

And, before you leave, call in at the museum shop. With its period toys, books, gifts and preserves, you'll be more than tempted to take home a taste of the past!

Red House is a winner of an Interpret Britain Award.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome Host

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Boxing Day


Free entry


Red House Museum

01274 335100


Oxford Road,
BD19 4JP



See location of Red House Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 207263  Lat: 53.73318 Long: -1.68670

By Road:
From M62, jct 26 follow A58 towards Leeds, turning right onto the A651. Follow tourist signs, Red House is on the A651 in Gomersal.

By Public Transport:
From Huddersfield bus station take the 220 towards Leeds. Exit the bus on Oxford Road in Gomersal. Take a short walk following the brown tourist signs to the musuem.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Batley station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired