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 Moor is the perfect place for walking, hiking and pony trekking, and the famous Cow and Calf Rocks are the ideal place to scramble or rock climb, if you're an experienced mountaineer that is!
Betty's Tea Room
After an energetic walk on Ilkley Moor, Betty's Tea Room is the perfect place to relax. The bright and welcoming tea room is lit by pretty stained glass windows and decorated with a collection of quirky antique teapots. Betty's Tea Rooms seem to encapsulate the very essence of Englishness, serving luxury Afternoon Teas, homemade cakes and pastries and of course speciality blend teas and coffees. An indulgent treat that's not to be missed.
Shopping in Ilkley also comes highly recommended, with a varied range of boutiques, high street classics and high class delicatessens. Visit Lishman's of Ilkley - one of the UK's finest butchers selling sensational award-winning pies and sausage, and keep a look out for the vintage fairs that often grace the town centre. Ilkley also boasts several great attractions nearby, including a medieval Manor House, the White Wells Spa Cottage and even a Toy Museum! The smart, family-friendly Ilkley Lido is also well worth a visit on warmer summer days.
Places to visit
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 Moor is the perfect place for walking, hiking and pony trekking.
A particular highlight of Ilkley Moor is the famous Cow and Calf Rocks are the ideal place to scramble or rock climb, if you're an experienced mountaineer that is!
For something a little different head to Ilkley Lido. The Lido was built in 1935. There are only 127 Lidos remaining in England. The Ilkley Lido entertains 4000 visitors on a hot summer day!
Relax in style
There are plenty of fantastic bed and breakfasts to stay in whilst in Ilkley as well as a wealth of self-catering options too. Here are a few of the top suggestions:
Westwood Lodge, To enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside, without having to drive to the back of beyond, look no further than Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor. Multiple award winners including Wharfedale Rural Innovation, Best in Tourism and Overall Business of the Year 2006, Yorkshire Tourist Board White Rose Award Winners 2005, Ilkley in Bloom First Prize three times and Civic Society Best Restoration Award.
The Wheatley Arms standing on a hillside between The Cow and Calf rock formation and the River Wharfe in the leafy village of Ben Rhydding, surrounded by charming lanes and groves with super rail links within a 2 minute walk and Leeds Bradford Airport all within easy reach. The Wheatley has a charming locals bar, delightful lounge areas, inglenook fireplaces, a light and airy garden room with super alfresco dining to enjoy weather permitting!
Ilkley Riverside Hotel is situated in the peace and tranquility of the Riverside Gardens. Their rooms are all ensuite, and offer stunning views of either the Dalesway and River Wharfe or Ilkley Moor itself.