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A guide for visitors to Saltaire

About 3 miles north of Bradford is the small town of Saltaire, which was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 2001.

Sir Titus Salt

Salts Mill opened in 1853 as a textile mill.
It is now used as an art gallery displaying the works of David Hockney. There are also shops and restaurants inside. There is no entrance charge.

Salts Mill

View of the mill including the chimney tower

Old metal gate from the entrance to Salts Mill

The 1853 Gallery

Painting of Salts Mill by David Hockney

The housing was provided for the mill workers and their families. Almshouses around Alexandra Square (off Victoria Road) were originally provided for the old and sick.

Terraced houses ...

... for the mill workers and their families

Salt Building
(originally an elementary school) opened in 1868. It is now part of Shipley College.

Salt Building (Shipley College)

The Salt coat of arms (centre) and two llamas

School bell

South American llama (alpaca)

Victoria Hall was originally known as the Institute, opened in 1871. It now houses a Reed Organs and Harmoniums Museum.

Victoria Hall (front view)

The Salt coat of arms (centre) and two ladies

Victoria Hall (side view)

The Congregational Church opened in 1859. It is usually open to visitors from 2-4pm each afternoon (longer on Sundays, when services are held here).

The Congregational Church
(Saltaire United Reformed Church)

The carving on the church
is very intricate

Sir Titus Salt's

Roberts Park was originally called Saltaire Park and opened in 1861. It is the home of Saltaire Cricket Club. There is a programme of free Sunday afternoon concerts at the bandstand on Sunday afternoons during the summer.

View of the mill from the canal

Weir on the River Aire

Roberts Park

Shipley Glen
is a beauty spot for walks and picnics. It has a museum, and a tramway dating from 1895 which is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (only on Sundays from November to February)

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Saltaire: A Guide
Author: Simon Palmer
Publisher: Salts Estates Ltd
Date: August 1996
Hockney's Pictures
Author: David Hockney
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Date: December 2006

* Visitor information

Tourist offices
Bradford City Council:
Saltaire Tourist Information:
Yorkshire Tourist Board:
Local information website:
UNESCO World Heritage Centres:

Salts Mill:
Saltaire United Reformed Church:
Aire Valley Towpath:
Shipley Glen Tramway:
British Waterways:
Saltaire Festival:

* Tours
Guided walks:
Groups can arrange tours of the nearby Saltaire Brewery:

* Transportation
- There is a train station in Saltaire. There are direct train services from Leeds and from Bradford Forster Square. For train timetables and to buy a ticket online, see: Shop/Company/TheTrainline
- For local transport information within the Bradford area, see the Metroline website:

* Student links
- Shipley College:

* Weather forecast for Shipley (near Saltaire)

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