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Things to do in Ilkley

Polly Checkland Harding

Ilkely in West Yorkshire has been a settlement since the Roman era. Close to both Bradford and Saltaire, the picturesque spa town gives you easy access to the moors for walking, but its vibrant cultural life is not to be underestimated. The area is particularly well known for the annual Ilkley Literature Festival, which attracts crowds from all over the UK and big hitters on the literary scene. Dive into the local activities such as Ilkley Lido, a Grade II listed outdoor pool that’s one of the most scenic swims you can find in Yorkshire, or try the small but perfectly formed tapas plates at La Casita, which make a delicious lunch or dinner.

Alternatively, head for one of Ilkey’s double Michelin Star offerings, The Box Tree. This exceptional restaurant has been serving acclaimed food since the 1960s, and yet continues to keep things exciting and fresh in the present day. For more of our top things to do in Ilkley, read on.

Discover our top picks

  • 1. Ilkley Lido

    Ilkley Lido
    Ilkley Lido. Image courtesy of James Smith/ Only By Land.

    Ilkley Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ - Visit now

    Ilkley Lido is a grade II listed outdoor pool, with a stunning view of the surrounding moors. The complex also includes an indoor pool, tennis courts and a bowling green.

  • 2. Ilkley Manor House

    Ilkley Manor House
    Image courtesy of Ilkley Manor House.

    Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DT - Visit now

    Visit the collection of Roman artefacts in one of the oldest buildings in Yorkshire, or host a particularly special occasion at Ilkley Manor House.

  • 3. La Casita Tapas Bar

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    La Casita Tapas Bar, The Victorian Arcade
    , Ilkley , West Yorkshire, LS29 9DY - Visit now

    Find small and perfectly formed plates that give you an authentic flavour of Spain at La Casita in Ilkley.

  • 4. The Box Tree Restaurant

    The Box Tree Restaurant

    The Box Tree Restaurant, 35-37 Church St, Ilkley, LS29 9DR - Visit now

    The Box Tree has been a vital step in many top chef’s careers, and with two Michelin stars to its name you can expect a meal to remember.

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