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

Admission charges

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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.

Dinosaurs, Trolls and Dunderheads. Childrens book illustration by David Roberts

  • 20 September — 23 November 2014 *on now

David Roberts was born in Liverpool. He has always loved drawing from an early age and couldn’t wait to escape high school and go to Art College. After working as a shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, film extra and coffee-maker, David finally realised his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator when his first book ‘Frankie Stein’s Robot’ written by Roy Apps, was published in 1998. This book was shortlisted for the ‘Mother Goose Award’ for emerging illustrators. Since then he has illustrated works by some fantastic authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestley.

His most recent works include ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’ by Andrea Beaty, ‘The Troll’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘The Dunderheads’ by Paul Fleischman, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Kate Greenaway Award. David is also the creator of the ‘Dirty Bertie’ character about a little boy with bad habits such as picking his nose and trumping loudly!

David now lives in London. This exhibition is in collaboration with A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, 28 June - 9 November 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age