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Historical talk, Sat 19 Oct 2019

Ilkley & the Water Cure

Ilkley & the Water Cure


Professor Mike Dixon will present a richly illustrated history of Ilkley and the major reasons for its growth: namely, the introduction of “The Water Cure” in the mid 19th century at the great Ben Rhydding Hydropathic Hotel and the subsequent building of several other Hydros, the town’s increasing reputation as a health resort, and finally the arrival of the railway and the impetus to house building. It is a story of the transformation of a minor inland spa into the elegant town of today.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

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Sat 19 Oct 2019 14:00
Spaces are limited, so booking is essential.



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    Spring Gardens Lane,
    BD20 6LH



    See location of Cliffe Castle Museum and Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 056422  Lat: 53.87660 Long: -1.91622

    Cliffe Castle lies in a park on the outskirts of Keighley off the A629 Skipton Road. Approximately 12-25 minutes walk from Keighley railway station, 6-15 minutes walk from the bus station.
    Buses (for example Bradford to Skipton) pass the lower main gates. The 903 bus service operates from Keighley Bus Station and serves Cliffe Castle on a limited basis.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0.9 miles from Keighley railway station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups