Things To Do

Saltaire may be a village, but there is a lot to keep you occupied here.

· Salt’s Mill and the 1853 Gallery – The main part of Salt’s Mill today is the 1853 Gallery, which contains the largest collection of David Hockney works, an artist who was born and raised in Saltaire.

On the second floor of the Mill is Gallery 2, which displays the works of Henry Marvel Carr called “The Textile Process”. Simon Palmer’s collection of paintings and drawings of Saltaire are also on display.

Spend some time shopping in the many shops inside the mill which include everything from bicycles to antiques. There is also a book and poster shop.

Popular with locals as well as visitors is Salts Diner, which is also on the second floor. For just a coffee visit The Espresso Bar. Café in the Opera, an excellent fish restaurant, is on the third floor.

· Robert’s Park – This park was built at the same time that Titus Salt built the village of Saltaire. It was part of his effort to keep his employees and their families healthy. It is located across from the Saltaire United Reformed Church. Today, the park is popular for cricket matches and concerts. Underneath the statue of Sir Titus is a small café called the Half Moon where coffee, tea, and sandwiches are served.

· United Reformed Church – Being a religious man, Titus also included this church in his village plans. The church is a beautiful example of the Victorian architecture from than period.

The upper gallery was built at the request of Salt’s wife so that she and the other women did not have to sit with the workers as Salt did. It is alleged that Salt, while giving in to her wishes, hung huge chandeliers so that they blocked the view of the church service from those in the gallery.

Salt was buried at the rear of the church in 1876.

· The Lions of Saltaire – When Salt built Saltaire, all of the municipal buildings were centred around Victoria Square. At each of the four corners in the square were placed four lions carved from sandstone. Some locals like to recount the urban myth that says these lions were originally carved for Trafalgar Square. According to the legend, the carvings were so detailed that certain “features” of the lions may have offended Victorian Era Londoners so they were sent to Saltaire while new lions were carved for Trafalgar.

· Shipley Glen Tramway – A short walk through Robert’s Park into Shipley takes you to this little tramway that was built in 1895. It runs on narrow-gauge cable-hauled trams. The two trams travel up and down a steeply sloped wooded hill. A Tramway museum is located at the bottom.

· Canal Walks – The Leeds-Liverpool Canal that runs through Saltaire is an ideal location for a scenic walk. When facing down Victoria Road, turn to the left and the trail will take your through the picturesque countryside to the Bingley 5 Rise Locks.

· Saltaire Festival – If you happen to be in Saltaire in mid-September, you can enjoy the Saltaire Festival. It covers two weekends and includes musicians, street markets, dancers, and many other events including a beer festival.