Manor House Art Gallery and Museum

Manor House Art Gallery and Museum
Castle Yard
West Yorkshire
LS29 9DT



01943 600066


01943 817 079

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Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley’s oldest buildings, the Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum and art gallery. On the ground floor visitors are given a glimpse into Ilkley’s past while the first floor galleries provide the venue for a regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

While being a major exhibit in itself, the Manor House also stands on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana. Only a short section of defensive wall remains exposed at the back of the building, but Roman artefacts from the fort and surrounding area are on permanent display inside the Manor House, together with prehistoric artefacts and information about the development of Ilkley as a Victorian spa town.

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Opening hours

Wed-Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1300-1600

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Ukrainian Art: from the middle and second half of the twentieth century

  • 11 February — 10 August 2014 *on now

Part of the International Cultural Programme of the Kiev Art Gallery, ANN Gallery, Ukrainian Art and the world. This programme is supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom, the Union of Artists of Ukraine, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and a number of Ukrainian media.

The exhibition features paintings and drawings by famous artists such as Alexander Maksimenko, Arkady Pavlyuk, Maria Vinokourov, Ivan Parkhomenko and others. Priceless advantage of the exhibition is that it represents artists of different regions of Ukraine, schools of pre-war and post WWII periods, the works by the most professional and recognized masters and those who've left behind something really significant in the history of Ukrainian art.

Curators - Anna Lavrekha, Ukraine and Vlad Yamin, UK


Sikh Fortress Turban

  • 21 February — 18 May 2014 *on now

Unravel the stories of the Sikh turban and discover how and why turbans symbolise Sikh faith and identity, featuring the Sikh Fortress Turban on loan from the British Museum and part of the national museum's Spotlight Loan programme.

This unique item known as a Dastaar Boonga or fortress turban was worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs which protected the head in battle, comprising original weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs secured on a replica indigo dyed turban.

This is a rare opportunity for visitors to view a historic object from a world class national collection and to explore the intriguing story of Sikh warriors.


Burley and Menston Art Clubs Exhibition

  • 15 March — 1 June 2014 *on now

This exhibition displays the artistic talent present in the Burley and Menston art clubs. These groups have worked with the historic collection at Ilkley Manor House and Museum to inspire their work and provide visitors with a unique opportunity to view and buy original pieces.