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On top of beautiful countryside, the town is also very well appointed when it comes to attractions and amenities too. In the centre of Ilkley you'll find Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms, the Ilkley Lido, Kings Hall and Winter Gardens, Middleton Woods, Ilkey Riverside Gardens and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

For families in particular who are looking for a new home in Ilkley, it is worth noting that there is a good range of pre schools, primary and secondary schools all within easy reach and the nearby city of Leeds and the town of Harrogate are both accessible within just 40 minutes by car too. The Ilkley train station also provides easy access across Yorkshire and to the rest of the UK, making Ilkley popular with affluent commuters as well.
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  • Ilkley Train Station is ideal for regular trains into both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square, with services to each destination occuring every half an hour at peak times



Ilkley Grammar School has been rated as Outstanding by Oftsted and it specialises in humanities and sciences. It gained academy status in 2011 and is a very popular choice for secondary education in the area. Westville House School provides primary education for 2 to 11 year olds in Ilkley and it enjoys especially beautiful surroundings from it’s Wharfe Valley hillside position. 

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Box Tree Restaurant

The Box Tree is an award winning restaurant focused on serving seasonal dishes in a modern style. It is located inside one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley and is regularly regarded as one of the best restaurants in Yorkshire. 

Ilkley Moor Cow and Calf Rocks

Located high up on Ilkley Moor, the Cow and Calf Rocks are a large rock formation that is part boulder and part outcrop. According to local legend, the Calf was split from the Cow when the giant Rombald was fleeing an enemy, and stamped on the rock as he leapt across the valley.

Bolton Abbey

Sitting on the banks of the River Wharfe in the heart of the YUorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey really is one of the regions best beauty spots. It enjors 30,000 acres of sprawling countryside and over 80 miles of walkways to explore. It offers a lively events calendar throughout the year and provides plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

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A Luxury Collection of Detached Homes In Menston. Our exclusive development of just 11 luxury four to six bedroom homes at “Wharfedale”, Menston is perfectly located for you and your family to enjoy the best that Yorkshire has to offer.

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