New life for an old building

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Otley Courthouse Arts & Resource Centre opened in May 2004 after the conversion of the 19th century Magistrates’ Court complex (which ceased to operate as a Court in 1997).

It is now a thriving multi-purpose space for all kinds of arts activities, concerts, workshops and meetings. It is fully accessible throughout. The complex also houses the Otley Maker Space ‘where people get together to make stuff’ – see their section on the website for more information.

In November 2005 Otley Courthouse and its architects (Groundworks of Nottingham) were awarded a RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Award for conservation.

Since we have opened we have worked with volunteers to document the history of Otley Courthouse:


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


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Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

Telephone: 01943 467466 email: admin@otleycourthouse.org.uk

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