Trains to Ilkley

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Ilkley is a notorious Spa town in West Yorkshire, located approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Bradford and 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Leeds. The town lies on the south bank of the River Wharfe. The town’s spa heritage and surrounding countryside attract tourism to the town that throughout the years has become an increasingly important font of income. The railway line arrived in Ilkley in 1865 when the train station was opened. It significantly contributed to the development of the town transporting visitors to the spa destination. The train station is in the centre and it has been recently refurbished offering a polished look to visitors. Tourists travelling to Ilkley train station are advised to purchase train tickets in advance, when booking their holiday to benefit from widely discounted rated up to 43%. Ilkley remains a popular tourist destination, hundreds of people travel each year to experience its popular Victorian parades of Grove and Brook Streets and thanks to its beautiful surrounding countryside.  Visitors arriving in town by train can take a short stroll to the town centre characterised by a Victorian architecture style with wide streets and floral displays. A good range of shops, restaurants and pubs can be found, as well as the legendary Betty's Tea Rooms. Ilkley Moor, which looks down upon the town, is home to the famous Cow and Calf rocks, a popular climbing spot, and the town centre is the official starting point for the Dales Way long-distance hiking route to Bowness-in-Windemere in the Lake District.

Ilkley train station offers regular direct and indirect train services to Leeds that take up to 30 minutes. On average weekdays there are 48 trains per day connecting the two stations. The travelling time may increase on weekends and holidays. The first train to Leeds departs at 6:02am, while the last train departs at 11:18pm. All train services are operated by Northern. On weekdays Ilkley offers daytime services that consist in two trains per hour to Leeds and Bradford Forster Square. In the evenings and on Sundays these services run hourly.

Ilkley station has two platforms serving trains that run on the Wharfedale Line connecting the town to Bradford and Leeds. Trains directed to Bradford Forster Square leave from platform 1, whereas trains for Leeds leave from platform 2. The station has three entrances, the first one coming from the town centre, the second from the car park and the third one from the bus station. The station offers good services to travellers that include shops, a post office, a ticket office and a cafe. Just outside the train station there is a car park with a capacity of 36 spaces and bicycle racks to accommodate 30 bikes.

Tourists travelling to Ilkley should visit White Wells, a spa bath built in 1700 as an open-air spa bath. Visitors can admire a single plunge pool. Heritage-passionate are welcome to pay a visit to Manor house museum and art gallery where local heritage and preserved local archaeological artefacts are
displayed. Family friendly attractions in Ilkley include Ilkley Toy museum and mystery treasure trail. In addition, children will enjoy visiting Ilkley Toy Museum exhibiting toys dating back to 350 BC. Nature lovers should book train tickets to Ilkley and arrange a hiking day out to Ilkley Moor that is part of the Rombalds Moor, located 402 metres above the sea level, between Ilkley and Keighley.