About 4 miles north-north-west of
Saltaire is at the edge of Shipley and about 2.5 miles south-west of
The village owes its existence to Sir Titus Salt, a mill owner, second mayor of Bradford, visionary philanthropist and politician. Its name is a combination of his surname with the River Aire, which is alongside the village.
On his 50th birthday in 1853, Sir Titus Salt moved his textile mills to a massive new textile mill he built there, sandwiched between the Leeds and Liverpool canal and then recently completed railway into Leeds and Bradford. Sir Titus employed his architects to create around it a model Victorian village of around 800 high-quality stone terraced houses. Over the next 20 years would be developed many local amenities such as public baths, an educational institute, reading rooms, gymnasium, schools and the Saltaire Congregational Church, now grade I listed as the Saltaire United Reformed Church.
Many of the facilities were based in The Saltaire Institute, a building opened in 1871 and now renamed Victoria Hall and today used as a concert and events venue.
The attractive riverside park has, since 2003, been the centre of the annual Saltaire Festival, an annual event of arts, music, activities, food and drink usually spread over 10 days in September.
Today Salt's Mill is divided into multiple uses, including music, arts, antique and jewellery businesses, cafes, exhibition space and art galleries, including exhibitions of the work of internationally-renowned Bradford-born artist David Hockney.
Part of UNESCO's listing of the village reads:"The industrial village of Saltaire is an outstanding example of mid 19th century philanthropic paternalism, which had a profound influence on developments in industrial social welfare and urban planning in the United Kingdom and beyond."
The village is on the River Aire.
Saltaire is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The village has a historic heritage as a Victorian mill owner's model village and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saltaire has historic houses.
Saltaire has a concert hall.
Saltaire has a choice of pubs.
Restaurant and bistro dining can be found in Saltaire.
A choice of cafes can be found in Saltaire.
Takeaway food outlets in the village include chinese, pizzas.
Saltaire has local traders and a supermarket.
Saltaire holds occasional outdoor markets.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has a pharmacy.
Saltaire has an art gallery.
The village has a park.
Saltaire has a community centre.
Saltaire has schools.
Places of worship: Methodist, United Reformed.
Bus travelThe village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Saltaire stationManaged by: Northern
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Northern - Saltaire Station and departure information at Northern website.
Road travelSaltaire can be reached via the A650 A657 A6038
Places to visit
Bolton PrioryBolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
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Skipton CastleThe Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire
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Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Operates from Embsay, about 1.5 miles from Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station about a mile away from the attractive priory ruins and beauty spot beside the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. The railway runs trains on most days during the summer and at weekends at other times of year, except January. It also has a range of special weekend events, dining trains and footplate and signal box experience courses. Tank engines are the mainstay of steam operations on the line, but the railway also has a collection of historic diesel locomotives.
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Ilkley Toy MuseumWhitton Croft Road, Ilkley
The museum features one of the finest private collections of toys with exhibits dating from 350BC to the present day. It includes early English wooden dolls and dolls houses, teddy bears, fairground models, tin-plate toys and die-cast vehicles, toy soldiers and cowboys and indians, and toys based on more modern TV characters. The museum opens on weekend afternoons and by appointment to weekday school visits.
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East Riddlesden Hall
The attractive 17th century home of a cloth merchant includes an array of needlework from the era. The house is set in colourful and peaceful gardens with an outdoor discovery garden and children's play area. The property, around 1.5 miles to the north-east of
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Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe Yorkshire Dales National Park starts just north of
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