Riverside Gardens Park

Riverside Gardens, alongside the River Wharfe in Ilkley, is a lovely park in which to spend an afternoon. Perfect for a walk, and for playing with the kids - or why not pop into the Visitor Information Centre before you get there and pick up a fishing license for a relaxing day out.

Visitor photos

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Useful Information

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Riverside Gardens Park, Bridge Lane, Ilkley. LS29 9

Opening times

All Bradford District Parks are open 365 days a year, 24 hours.


Access is available via New Brook Street, and Bridge Lane. There is level access from the car park on Bridge Lane.


By Car

From Ilkley Town Centre travel down New Brook Street, the park is on the left hand side just before the river bridge.

By Bus

Bus numbers 762, 765 and X84 stop along Skipton Road, a 5 minute stroll from Riverside Gardens. For bus timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or www.wymetro.com. Information is also available on the Keighley and District buses website or on 01535 603284.

By Train

Riverside Gardens is a 10 minute walk from Ilkley Train station. Trains travel to Ilkley frequently from both Bradford and Leeds. For train timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or www.wymetro.com.


Car Park

A car park is available on Bridge Lane next to the Riverside Gardens Hotel, and there is level access into the park.

Fenced in Play Area

Free to use, open 24 hours. No entry allowed to persons over 14 unless supervising a child.


Fishing is available on the River Wharfe which meanders along the edge of the park. You can fish between 8.00am and 10.00pm, Monday - Saturday, but need to obtain a license from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre (opposite the train station) - you can email them ilkley@ytbtic.co.uk or ring them on 01943 602319.


Fish and chips are available until 8.00pm. Contact the Riverside Gardens Hotel on 01943 607338 for more information.


Situated near to the Riverside Gardens Hotel (but in a separate building). Open 9.00am – 5.00pm – free to use.



Sport Keighley have designed a number of routes that take in Parks Across the north of Bradford District.  Download the route that includes Riverside Gardens Park (PDF 528kb).

For all the Keighley Walkways maps please go to the Sport Keighley website www.sportkeighley.com.


Help us to maintain this area by reporting any problems to  landscape.services@bradford.gov.uk