Photo: Linda Spashett

Everyone has fond and treasured memories of the toys they had when they were growing up, when our imaginations were vivid and our games were more than that. Ilkley Toy Museum holds one of the finest private collections of toys and games in the North of England. It acts as homage to each and everyone’s childhood, however distant that may be.

Exhibits on display include a fine collection of early English wooden dolls, doll houses, teddy bears, tin plate figures, as well as games and wooden and paper toys dating from 350 BC to the present day. A fantastically fun day for old and young, find a toy that you had long forgotten about, or discover weird and wonderful old games that you never knew existed.

See an English working model fairground from the 1940s, meet Blanche the German teddy bear from 1910, and learn about his colourful history. Don’t forget Miss Barwick – a Georgian wooden doll circa 1750-60, complete with a real hair wig and contemporary sedan chair engraved with an ornate ‘B’.

Let these exhibits and many more take you back in time for an afternoon, teaching children how some things have changed through the decades, and how some things are still the same when it comes to children and their toys.


Whitton Croft Road, West Yorkshire, LS29 9HR
Tel: 01943 603855
Times: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
More opening days during summer holidays.