Ilkley in the Wharfedale Valley is the perfect gateway into the Yorkshire Dales and West Yorkshire, offering a beautiful market town base just a short distance from Leeds Bradford Airport and Bradford city centre. The town is perfect for gentle walking holidays around adjacent Ilkley Moor and ideal for romantic breaks, with a choice of luxury boutique B&Bs available in the area.
One of Yorkshire’s iconic Betty’s Tearooms is here in pretty Ilkley town centre alongside an array of craft shops, quirky bookshops and independent boutiques. Ilkley also has a reputation for fine dining with a creative twist – you’ll find a selection of chic cafes and contemporary restaurants around the centre.
A more beautiful setting for an outdoor lido would be hard to find – Ilkley’s lido is Yorkshire’s only lido with additional on-site facilities including a cafe, tennis, bowls and putting. Take a ride on the nearby Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and tour Ilkley’s Manor House museum housed in the town’s oldest building which digs deep into its famous spa history.
You’ll also find premier golf locally and a choice of pretty walks along the River Wharfe and into the gentle countryside of the Wharfe Valley. Stay in the beautiful historic spa town of Ilkley and book accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.