Things to do in Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Saltaire is a stunning Victorian village, originally founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site located at the base of the Aire Valley. The quaint name was formed partially using its founders name and incorporating the title of the River that runs through the middle of this picturesque place, the River Aire.
The main focus of this small piece of paradise has to be Salts Mill. Located in the heart of the village on the main street, this building acts as a haven for art, music, literature and culture.
Within this regenerated mill you will find peace and quiet like you've never heard, whilst being surrounded by artwork from Hockney (a local legend!), reading materials for all ages - ranging from Dr Seuss to Chaucer and the best chocolate milkshake this side of The Atlantic!
A portion of the building is separated to provide living accommodation, a number of the units are for short-term holiday rental for people who want to escape the hectic complexities of city life.
Nearby this historic site next to the charming Saltaire station, is the striking United Reformed Church (Grade I listed, originally known as the Congregational Church), which is well worth a visit.
One major aspect of Saltaire life never to be forgotten, is the social scene and well known belief that you can't get better than a Yorkshire pub! There are numerous local haunts within walking distance of the train station, and Salts Mill. If you find some wizened Yorkshire-man, sitting in the corner near the fire, with a good old pint of ale, wishing to regale you with an anecdote or two... why not listen, you may learn a lesson of olde.
To be brief, all of this and more is why Saltaire in particular, is more popular than ever, with tourists the world over.
Description by Ella Bake
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