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Things to do in Ilkley

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Tea Room
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“You’ll only find Betty’s Tearooms in Yorkshire and this is the nearest one to us. Approximately 40 minutes drive away from the cottage but well worth it. Saturdays in the summer are especially special with the brass band playing in the band stand and a happy buzz of happy shoppers. The gift shop is delightful. Perfect for purchasing a gift or a foodie keep sake to remember the experience of the one and only ‘Bettys’. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Hundreds of great walks along the moor in Ilkley - many shown on line. We have guide books and Ordinance Survey maps back at the property if you prefer to peruse at leisure. Ian is a great resource if needed.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Pub
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“It a very popular place to walk on the moors. When you finsih your walk there is the Cow and Calf pub just opposite and a marquee cafe at the foot of the rocks. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“20 minutes drive from Skipton, great walks and views. visit The Cow and Calf pub afterwards for a well earned cuppa (or pint) ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
“Fantastic 50 seater delux cinema. Your own sofa or armchair along with the latest movies, live theatre streaming and served food and drinks. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The oldest pub in town! Lovely open fire, dog friendly and serves local beers”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
  • 3 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This Michelin star restaurant is very high end. Great modern English. 20 minutes by car. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the tastiest restaurants in Ilkley, and the local area! Really great Vietnamese food.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Amongst many others of course, this is a go to pub for me. Plenty of guest ales and beers. Also has a good pub food menu.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Hidden gem located downstairs from the wine shop. This cellar bar offers great wine list, gin menu and tapas”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“very good pub food serving between 12-2 and 6-9. Nice 1 hour walk to this pub along Ilkley river and then into addingham”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“The beautiful 3 AA Rosette award winning Burlington restaurant is the place to go for fine dining or perhaps enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea in the main hotel ater a walk around Bolton Abbey www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Italian restaurant over two floors with a fantastic roof top terrace open all year round ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Our local eatery in the village. Only a minute walk from either cottage. Fabulous AA rosette standard and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Especially appropriate for a romantic night out or special occasion. Also does a wicked take away fish and chips!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Wetherby Whaler is a family owned chain of fish and chip restaurants and takeaways.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“This Michelin star restaurant is very high end. Great modern English. 20 minutes by car. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the tastiest restaurants in Ilkley, and the local area! Really great Vietnamese food.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“The beautiful 3 AA Rosette award winning Burlington restaurant is the place to go for fine dining or perhaps enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea in the main hotel ater a walk around Bolton Abbey www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Italian restaurant over two floors with a fantastic roof top terrace open all year round ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Our local eatery in the village. Only a minute walk from either cottage. Fabulous AA rosette standard and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Especially appropriate for a romantic night out or special occasion. Also does a wicked take away fish and chips!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Wetherby Whaler is a family owned chain of fish and chip restaurants and takeaways.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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