Other attractions include the Victorian bath house in the town itself, and the recently refurbished Ilkley Pool and Lido, one of the country's last remaining outdoor public swimming pools. [N.B. Owing to the generally inclement nature of the British weather, this particular attraction is usually open in the summer months only !]

Other places of worship in Ilkley include Ben Rhydding Methodist Church (Methodist), Christchurch (Methodist/United Reformed), Ilkley Baptist Church (Baptist), Kingdom Hall, Ilkley (Jehovah's Witnesses), St John's Parish Church, Ben Rhydding (Anglican), The Church of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) and The Ilkley Society of Friends (Quaker). Churches Together in Ilkley exists to encourage co-operation amongst member churches.[80]

The Lotus flower symbolises rebirth, and our brewing team is reincarnating a beer from our past. Whereas the previous version epitomised the pinnacle of an English cask IPA, this new Lotus positions itself firmly on the American side of the style, packed full of big-hitting and fruity hops, which will be enhanced by the keg dispense.

Development based on the Hydro movement, and on the establishment of convalescent homes and hospitals, was accelerated in August 1865 by the construction of the Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway, which linked to the Leeds and Bradford Railway and the North Eastern Railway.[13][14][15] The Midland Railway built a connection to Skipton via Bolton Abbey in May 1888.[14]

Registered Office: Welcome to Yorkshire, Dry Sand Foundry, Foundry Square, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 5DL, United Kingdom Company Limited by Guarantee no: 2896762 | VAT No. 170 4702 85

Our famous Rhubarb Saison is going National for one month only. Featuring in Morrisons stores across the UK it's an opportunity to try something new from Ilkley if you live outside our region. Brewed with local rhubarb to complement the earthy sweetness of the Belgian yeast, this is a multi-award-winning beer. Grab a bottle now and see what all the fuss is about.

Three Anglo-Saxon crosses from the 8th century that stood in the churchyard of All Saints' Church have been moved inside to prevent erosion. The church site, as a centre for Christian worship, extends to 627 AD, and the present mainly Victorian-era church incorporates medieval elements.[6]

Nearby are the North Yorkshire hamlets of Middleton (1 mile (1.6 km)), Denton (2.7 miles (4.3 km)) and Bolton Abbey (6 miles (9.7 km)); the villages of Addingham (3.1 miles (5.0 km)), Burley-in-Wharfedale (3.8 miles (6.1 km)) and Menston (5.4 miles (8.7 km)); and the towns of Guiseley (7.6 miles (12.2 km)) and Skipton (9.4 miles (15.1 km)).

According to Census 2001, 75.64% of Ilkley residents are Christian. The second largest group are people with no religion who account for 15.53% of residents. 7.48% did not state their religion and 1.34% fall into a variety of other religious groups.[26]

Before 1974 Ilkley was an urban district, a type of local government district.[22] Ilkley Urban District Council shared local government responsibilities with the West Riding County Council.[23] The Local Government Act 1972 dissolved urban districts and in 1974 Ilkley adopted its current status as a ward of the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. Services provided by the urban district council are now run centrally by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

We can help you create your own website hosted on Ilkley.org which uses the Joomla Content Management System. This means you just need a web browser and a fast broadband connection to build and update the website.

The remains of a Roman fort occupy a site near the town centre. Some authorities believe it is Olicana,[4] dating to 79 AD, but the identification is not settled. A number of Roman altars have been discovered from the reigns of Antoninus Pius (138 to 161), and Septimius Severus and his son Caracalla (211 to 217).[5]

A free school was first established in Ilkley by a Mr Marshall who in 1608 bequeathed £100 for its endowment.[66] Current schools include four primary schools, All Saints' C of E Primary School,[67] Ashlands Primary School,[68] Ben Rhydding Primary School,[69] Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Ben Rhydding;[70] two preparatory schools, Moorfield School,[71] Westville House School, Middleton;[72] and one secondary, Ilkley Grammar School.[73]

Ilkley Moor Ilkley is the perfect place to explore the Yorkshire countryside and appreciate some beautiful views from Ilkley Moor, which provides a panoramic backdrop to this charming town. Ilkley...

Darwin Gardens, to the south of the town, is a Millennium Green which commemorates the town's links with English naturalist Charles Darwin. The Green features a maze, whose design was influenced by the Swastika Stone carving, and includes monuments with an evolutionary theme.[59]

Ilkley is a very pleasant spa town situated in Lower Wharfedale at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Although within easy reach of the cities of Leeds and Bradford in nearby Bronte Country, Ilkley is surrounded by fine unspoiled scenery, with Ilkley Moor and the famous Cow and Calf rocks positioned just above the town.

In addition a host of famous golfing greats have graced the original Rombalds Moor course and our current location. These include James Taylor, James Braid, Harry Vardon and Tom Vardon, John Ball, Harold Hilton, Peter Thomson, Christy O’Connor Snr, Gordon Brand and our current Members, former Walker Cup Captain Rodney Foster and James Hepworth.

Ilkley's spa town heritage and surrounding countryside make tourism an important local industry. The town centre is characterised by Victorian architecture, wide streets and floral displays. Ilkley Moor, to the south of the town, is the subject of a folk song, often described as the unofficial anthem of Yorkshire, "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at". The song's words are written in Yorkshire dialect, its title translated as "On Ilkley Moor without a hat."

Just to the north of Ilkley lies Bolton Abbey in the Duke of Devonshire's extensive country estate, and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Ilkley is in the Keighley UK Parliament constituency whose seat is held by Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP,[20] who replaced Ann Cryer and was elected in the 2010 general election. Ann Cryer was elected in the General Election of 1997, and her late husband Bob Cryer held the seat between 1974 and 1983.[21] Ilkley is in the Yorkshire and the Humber European constituency.[20]

Bradford Visitor Information Centre, Britannia House, Broadway, Bradford, BD1 1JF - Tel: 01274 433678

Ilkley lies on the A65 road, which runs between Leeds and Kendal. The nearest substantial motorways are the M62 at Bradford, and the M1 at Leeds, and the A1(M) at Wetherby. The civil parish is served by two railway stations: Ilkley terminus[31] and Ben Rhydding.[32] These are linked by the Wharfedale Line upon which trains run between Ilkley and Leeds/Bradford Forster Square stations.[33]

Since 1969 Ilkley has been twinned with Coutances in France.[64][65]

Please click here for links to other Ilkley and Yorkshire related websites.

The town is famous for its moor and throughout the town there is a passion for the outdoors. They are proud to be a Walkers are Welcome town, due to its fantastic countryside, walks for all abilities and its commitment to welcoming walkers. The town is also home to one of the largest cycling clubs in the country.

The picturesque town of Ilkley is situated in the Wharfe Valley, at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. The former spa town rose to fame in the nineteenth century when thousands visited for the fresh invigorating air and first class hotels. The town may no longer be a premier health resort but it is still renowned for its fresh air, moorland and beautiful countryside with a selection of quality accommodation.

In 2014, the town had its biggest cycling moment to date when the Tour de France passed through. The route approached the town on the A65 from Otley and passed through the town centre along the A65.[50] As a direct consequence of the success of the Tour de France its organisers, ASO, established the Tour de Yorkshire. Ilkley features in Stage 3 of the inaugural Tour, with the race set to enter from the west along the A65, before turning to climb up past the Cow and Calf.[51]

Until 2006 Ilkley civil parish consisted of Ilkley ward, which includes Ben Rhydding, and the north half of Rombalds ward. The latter ward housed the villages of Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston. The population of the parish in 2001 was therefore considerably higher than it is today, consisting of 24,954 residents. In 2006 Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston established their own parishes and today Ilkley consists only of Ilkley ward (13,828 residents).


Ilkley is the ideal base for a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. This pretty, traditional spa town offers some of Yorkshire's finest tearooms, magnificent countryside and a rock climbers' paradise with the famous Cow and Calf Rocks sitting proudly above the town, on the rolling Yorkshire moors.

Charles Darwin stayed in the town during the publication of "The Origin of Species", a visit which is commemorated by the town's Darwin Gardens and the Millennium Maze.

Ilkley is a spa town and civil parish in West Yorkshire, in Northern England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Ilkley civil parish includes the adjacent village of Ben Rhydding and is a ward within the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. Approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Bradford and 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Leeds, the town lies mainly on the south bank of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, one of the Yorkshire Dales.

A complementary medicine festival has been held in Ilkley since 1988 and is currently held twice a year, attracting 2,000 visitors.[63]

Ilkley is the ideal place to relax and treat yourself. There are excellent restaurants and independent shops selling everything from gifts to vintage clothes and books. Enjoy afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms or enjoy one of the many events which take place throughout the year. 

A person from Ilkley is called an Olicanian which is derived from Olicana, thought to be the name of the Roman fort Ilkley is built upon. The ethnic make-up of Ilkley's population is 98.02% White, 0.74% mixed, 0.72% Asian, 0.37% Chinese or other ethnic group and 0.14% Black. The largest age group is 45- to 59-year-olds (20.73%).[26]

So go on why not visit and see for yourself.

The town is within the travel-to-work radius of Leeds and Bradford. Leeds is 18 miles (29 km) away and Bradford 15.6 miles (25.1 km) by road, with a railway connection offering about 35 trains to each destination per day from Ilkley railway station. The railway, before the Beeching axe, also connected to Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Skipton to the west, and to Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, meeting the main Leeds to Harrogate line at Arthington.[24]

Also on the moor is the famous whitewashed building known as White Wells - which houses a bath at a site which (reputedly) dates from Roman times. [N.B. Ilkley was an important outpost during the Roman occupation, when it was known as "Olicana".]

Other Victorian visitors to the town include Madame Tussaud.[16] The only remaining hydro building is the white cottage known as White Wells House. The cottage can be seen and visited on the edge of the moor overlooking the town.[17]

We are delighted to be a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

So if you are looking for golf courses in Leeds or golf courses in Bradford take a trip out to Ilkley and you won’t be disappointed.