What to do

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Our Top Activities

Below is a list of some of the best things to do, we’ve tried to keep things local meaning you don’t waste endless hours in the car. If you’re looking for something specific which isn’t listed make sure you ask one of the team.

Ilkley Cinema

This unique mini cinema blends the very best projection and audio technology with an intimate venue packed with charm. Showing many major releases and more obscure films there’s something for everyone. Check out the website for the latest showings.

Turkish Baths

Set in the famous spa town of Harrogate, the beautiful Victorian Turkish Baths and Spa allow you to unwind invigorate your body and mind.

Bolton Abbey

Owned and run by the Duke of Devonshire, the estate is nestled in the heart of the Dales, just 5 minutes from Olicana Park. With countless walks, a ruined abbey, cafes, nature trails, fishing and parkland abutting the river Wharfe there’s plenty to see and do.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

All aboard to ride the steam train up the Dale, a firm favourite of children and adults a like. The steam trains run throughout winter and summer providing an evocative and fun day out for all.

Ilkley Lido

Ilkley is home to one of the last remaining outdoor public pools, open from 28th May until September this local institution is popular on hot days but be warned the water is chilly! Surrounded by grass many visitors take a picnic and enjoy a day basking in the sunshine, occasionally braving a dip.

Skipton Castle

Explore one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the country sited only 15 minutes away in the traditional market town of Skipton.

Billy Bobs Ice-cream Parlour

Fusing an ice-cream parlour and an american style diner Billy Bob’s is a great place for children and adults alike, you’ll not leave hungry!

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock sited up the Dale. Incredible rock formations can be viewed; great for long walks or simple pootles whatever you’re in the mood for Malham Cove is a good starting point.

Salts Mill

This former textile mill sits on the edge of Bradford in its own model village which is a world heritage site. A stunning building, it is filled with David Hockney’s artwork amongst other artists whilst also containing many interesting and quirky shops. The café/ restaurant is often busy and worth a visit.

Cow & Calf Rocks

Looming above Ilkley are the famous Cow & Calf rocks, the rocks provide incredible views over the Wharfe valley and serve as a great jumping off point to walk across Ilkley moor. There’s a café and pub for those that don’t fancy a long hike.

Fountains Abbey

Another beautiful but ruined abbey that is worth a visit, especially on a summers day. The National Trust property is a popular destination on warm days and we’d always recommend a picnic and a tour with one of the guides.

Brimham Rocks

About 35 minutes from the park you’ll find Brimham Rocks, a unique rock formation that will have you exploring for hours, children love playing in the rocks with hide and seek been the perfect game.

Castle Howard

One of the country’s finest stately homes , it is open to the public. Still privately occupied, the stunning gardens and interior of the house draw thousands of people every year.

Beamsley Beacon

Feeling energetic? Walk from the base of the valley at the park to the summit at Beamsley Beacon. Amazing views make the hike up the hill worthwhile and earn you a pint on your return to the village.


The beautiful market town is the last major town/ village in Wharfedale, a popular destination for walkers and those that love afternoon tea, it’s worth a visit to take in the stunning countryside which surrounds it.

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