- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park offers a fun, fascinating, and free day out for the family with plenty to discover. Bagshaw Museum, housed in an extraordinary Gothic mansion that once belonged to a Victorian former mill owner, is set in 36 acres of lovely parkland and ancient woodland, and it's easy to imagine that you've stepped back in time as you approach the museum.
The museum has a wide range of unusual collections from around the globe, and it is probably one of the only places you can hear a Shirley Bassey hit and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile in this surprising and entertaining place!
The displays include 2 Batley local history galleries, where you can learn about iconic institutions like Fox's Biscuits, the ‘Spirit of South Asia' gallery, and ‘The Kingdom of Osiris', a dramatically lit atmospheric Egyptology gallery that recreates the interior of a tomb! You can see beautiful decorative arts from China, Japan, Africa, and India in the ‘Gods, Divine Creatures and Mythical Beasts' gallery. There is also a versatile temporary exhibitions space that is used to host activities and events.
Despite it costing the mill owner a staggering (in 1875!) £25,000 to build, the house and grounds were auctioned in 1901 for the princely sum of £5, and Wilton Park was born! The large formal park contains bowling greens and tennis courts, a paddling pool, and a large lake that is home to hundreds of water birds throughout the year. The park also has a discovery trail, playgrounds for older and younger children to enjoy, crazy golf, a toddler ride on play area, and a cafe! It's pretty hard to go wrong, here!
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Woodlands Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 0AS, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
September - October: Saturday to Sunday 12:00 - 17:00, Tuesday to Thursday (during School Holidays) 11:00 - 17:00
November - February: Saturday to Sunday 12:00 - 16:00, Tuesday to Thursday (during School Holidays) 11:00 - 16:00
Great day out
Written by Anonymous . 17.02.16
My daughter and I had a great time looking at alL the exhibitIons, our favorite was the EGYPTIANS. Lovely outside space and the shop was full of fun stuff at excellent prices... Id go again!
it was ok
Written by phoenix . 06.08.17
we travlled rom sheffield to this place was not too bad but isnt that big inside the out side grounds paths wer very hard work and poorley maintained not good for wheel chairs at all but the inside of the building is very wheel chair freindly dosnt take too long to go around the entire musem