Welcome to Otley …

…the friendly down-to-earth market town that bridges cosmopolitan Leeds and the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.

Take a wander around our cobbled streets which you may recognize as they are frequently featured on TV soaps and drama and browse our independent shops: antiques, unique gifts, art, jewellery and lots more. Wash down award-winning pork pies from our excellent butchers with real ale in historic pubs that pre-date the English Civil War.

Discover the town’s rich history, home of the country’s first interior designer Thomas Chippendale, the Wharfedale press that revolutionised the printing industry and quarries that helped build the very foundations of our democracy at the Palace of Westminster.

Hike to the top of the Chevin for breathtaking views over Wharfedale, bring your bike and cycle in the tracks of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, or walk your dog through scenic woods.

Picnic on the banks of the River Wharfe; see salmon leap over the weir, search for otter swimming upstream and marvel as Daubenton’s bats skim the surface in search of insects on a summer’s eve.

See the only hydroelectric scheme on the River Wharfe, generating green electricity

Visit Otley … make a day of it!