Ilkley Toy Museum
ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE
Children and grown-ups can spend many a happy hour here, picking out the favourite and the familiar, and wallowing in nostalgia of tin toy cars and plastic figures. It’s a private collection, with highlights including a working model fairground of the 1940s, a unique collection of wooden dolls dating to the 18th century, pre-World War I teddies, and a glorious 1930s dolls house.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Full access to ground floor
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Sat-Sun 12–4. Open extra days during school hols, please check website for details
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About The area
Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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