The village of Saltaire was founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woollen industry to house the workers at his textile mill which forms the heart of the village. Local architects Lockwood and Mawson designed the entire village in a classical style, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Once complete, the village comprised of over 800 high quality homes, two churches, a school, adult education institute, park, hospital, baths and wash house and almshouses for the elderly. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today those buildings are not only largely physically unaltered, now with Grade II listed status, but remain in use, serving a vibrant modern community.
Salts Mill forms the heart of the village. This impressive building is now fully converted and boasts a contemporary gallery showcasing the work of David Hockney, a superb selection of shops and some tempting restaurants and cafes.
Other public buildings are home to Shipley College and to local businesses; the mill workers' cottages are now sought after homes and beautiful Victoria Hall, which was set up in 1871 as a "centre for recreation, culture and learning" fulfils exactly the same function today.
The village attracts artists and creatives, and there is a real sense of appreciation for the unique beauty of the site as well as a great community spirit here.
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Getting to Saltaire
Train: There are regular trains from Leeds and Bradford - just 15 minutes from either and the station is right in the centre of the village. For train times and information see www.nationalrail.co.uk
Road: Saltaire is 4 miles north of Bradford, 15 minutes from the M606 and the motorway network and just 5 miles from Leeds/Bradford airport. There are brown signs to aid your navigation. Parking is available at Salts Mill, Exhibition Road and Victoria Road.
Comprehensive travel information can be found at Saltaire Village Website: Travel
There are plenty of places to eat in and around Saltaire: in the village centre, on Gordon Terrace (Bingley Road), on the canal and in Roberts Park
When originally designed, there were no pubs in Saltaire. Titus Salt didn't object to alcohol - he just didn't want his workers getting together and talking behind his back! Fortunately we now have a fair few: The Boathouse, Fanny’s, the aptly named Don't Tell Titus, and a little further out, The Hop and the Cap and Collar.
Find out more about Saltaire hospitality at Saltaire Village Website: Places to eat