ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE
Art Gallery & Museum
Castle Yard, Church Street, Ilkley LS29 9DT
tel. 01943-600066 fax. 01948-817079
The Manor House Gallery and Museum can be found through the archway
by the pedestrian lights in Church Street (A65) next to the Parish Church
opening times (admission free)
Monday closed (except Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 2pm - 4pm Friday 11am - 5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm Sunday 1pm-4pm
The Manor House
Wander through an unimposing archway in Church Street close by All Saints Church and you will discover Ilkley's most treasured building: The Manor House. Although it has undergone many alterations since the 13th century when it was first built it remains an attractive and wonderful place to house interesting ancient artefacts, changing exhibitions presenting some of the best of northern artists work and is the hub of a range of cultural activities.
The Manor House Collection
The ground floor museum houses Roman and Victorian artefacts.
The Manor House is an attractive Art Gallery and Museum situated in the pretty former Spa Town of Ilkley, benefiting from a picturesque riverside location. It offers the visitor exciting glimpses into the past and insight into the work of some of the best artists and crafts people in the locality. The Manor House has been arranged and furnished with items from the 17th and 18th century including some fine 17th century oak furniture. The 'SolarWing', now the Museum, contains displays that illustrate the historv of Ilkley from Prehistoric times through to the Victorian period when Ilkley was an important Spa resort. The displays include local finds of Prehistoric material, some Victorian items and some Roman artefacts recovered from the fort. On the first floor there are two galleries where lively and changing programmes of exhibitions are displayed.
Roman Fort of Olicana
The Manor House is one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley and stands in the Roman Fort of Olicana, which was abandoned in the late 4th/5th century AD. Although the fort fell into ruins it occupied an important site that also became the focus of Medieval Ilkley and it is to this period of history that the earliest parts of the Manor House have been dated. Situated in the grounds behind the Manor House is a small section of ruined walling that was once part of the Western defensive wall of the Roman Fort Olicana. In order to identify the position of the fort, four plaques have been put up to mark the approximate positions of the gateways into the fort. There are three interpretation boards on the site (see map above) and a 15 minute video in the museum.
Adult and school groups who would like information about education visits should contact Mary Bentham.
The shop stocks a wide range of souvenirs and reproduction Roman gifts relating to the Manor House and the Roman Fort of Olicana.
Talks, artefact handling sessions, workshops and other educational activities take place here. The centre and Manor House are available for hire when not in use.
Summer Walks on Roman & Victorian Ilkley.
Consult the Manor House for specific dates.
Friends of the Manor House (more information is available on our website manorhouse.ilkley.org)
The Friends hold regular meetings.
How to Join
Friends of the Manor House regularly present lectures on art and history in the art gallery, and organise fund-raising events throughout the year. By joining Friends of the Manor House you will receive information of events held in the Manor House and help to keep the Manor House Museum and Art Gallery open and accessible to everyone.
To become a member of Friends of the Manor House costs only £10 per annum.
To join please write, enclosing your cheque, to the Treasurer:
53 Grove Road,
Ilkley LS29 9PQ
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Financial funding from Yorkshire Arts