Things to do in Ilkley in the Summer Holidays

Places to Visit

Things to do in Ilkley in the Summer Holidays

Ilkley is perhaps best known for its Moor. That, whilst a nice place to visit, is just one of the attractions on offer in this former spa town in the Wharfe Valley. Ilkley offers a gigantic legend, tea and cake at Betty’s, lovely riverside walks and some Roman remains among other things to do in the town.

Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley

Ilkley Moor

Ilkley Moor, the inspiration for the Yorkshire anthem, On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, is a popular place for visitors to go. The moor is actually part of a larger moor, named after the legendary giant, Rombald. The most famous part of Ilkley Moor is the Cow and Calf Rocks. These are popular with climbers and also attract a lot of people walking from the town centre. It is worth noting that it is a steep walk from Ilkley town centre to most parts of the moor. The Cow and Calf rocks are roughly one and a half miles from Ilkley railway  station.

For those interested in archaeology there are traces of the Roman road that once led from Ilkley to Manchester. There are also numerous examples of carved stones on the moor, dating back perhaps as far as the neolithic period.

Betty’s Tea Room

Situated on the Grove in central Ilkley, Betty’s tea rooms is synonymous with high quality teas, cakes and quality service. The tea rooms are extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. At peak times, you may need to be patient.

Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido is a large outdoor heated swimming pool. First opened in 1935 is is unusual in that it is not rectangular in design. The Lido has shallow sections ideal for toddlers as well as deeper water originally intended for playing water polo. There is now an adjoining indoor pool. The Lido has a cafe for customers. Visit the Friends of Ilkley Lido website for details of events and current admission prices.


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