In early 2017 Bradford Metropolitan District Council agreed to accept a proposal by the Ilkley Manor House Trust, a community group formed by local residents with a shared passion for the site. The Trust took over running the Manor House in April 2018 and since then have developed a thriving heritage and arts community centred around the Manor House.
Sir Rodney Brooke, President of the Ilkley Manor House Trust, described the agreement to transfer the running of the historic building to the charitable trust as ‘a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting cultural legacy for the town, visitors and the wider region’.
to create a lasting cultural legacy for the town, visitors and the wider region
The Trust has a small team of paid employees plus a group of committed and enthusiastic volunteers who design and run a wide programme of events, exhibitions and concerts in the Manor House.
The Manor House is also available to hire as a wedding and events venue too.
The Trust’s vision is to create a space that tells the story of the house, the land it sits on and how this has shaped the development of the town of Ilkley. From the unique rock art on the Moor, the Roman fort, the Saxon crosses, the Norman church, the Victorian spa town as well as the thriving town Ilkley is today. It’s hoped the centre will attract visitors from across the district, increasing footfall in the town, sharing Ilkley’s great assets more widely and bringing trade to local businesses.
The main rooms can be hired for events and the cottages are available for long-term letting.
Ilkley Manor House is based between the Riverside Gardens and the parish church, and on the site of a previous Roman Fort.
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