Christians have worshipped on this site since about 627 AD. The first church would have been built of stone taken from the abandoned Roman fort of Olicana which stood on this spot. The present building is partly medieval, but it was largely rebuilt in Victorian times, and there have been 20th century additions and alterations.
Each generation has adapted the building to suit its needs, but the Gospel message has remained unchanged throughout the centuries.
'Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever'
Far from being a museum, the church building today is the centre of worship for many local Christian people of all ages.
To go for a tour of some of the main features, click on the Brief Guide option above.
For more details on the famous Saxon Crosses that are now found within the church, click on the Saxon Crosses now found within the church, click on the Saxon Crosses link.
To see some the many stained glass windows, click on the Windows link.
And to read more about the many brasses found within the church, select the Brasses link.
Click here to access a booklet on Ilkley Parish Church written by John Le Patourel (updated in 1981)
We hope you will enjoy your visit, and we ask you to pray for us, as we pray for you.