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Salts Mill is one of the most intriguing and historically interesting destinations in Yorkshire. With a range of wonderful things to do, place to eat and shop – it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to visit Salts Mill whilst visiting Yorkshire.
Not only is parking and entrance completely free of charge, within the historic Mill which has been featured in several major films and TV programmes, but its character is such that even if there wasn’t a gallery full of priceless artwork by world-renowned David Hockney, one of the best cafes in Bradford, and a number of intriguing shops – it’d would still be worth visiting.
When visiting, you can expect to learn about the history of the mill and the surrounding Village of Saltaire through an unrivalled exhibition with lots to take in.
What’s more, they have a vibrant calendar of events and exhibitions, which showcase various points of interest, including world-class photography, critically renowned poets such as Simon Armitage and even a selection of Fashion related exhibition.
Within the walls of the mill, there are over 1000 people who work here, in a variety of industries ranging from technology to graphic design.
The mill dates back to 1853, and is the jewel in the crown of Sit Titus Salts model village of Saltaire. Everything in the village was at one point centred around the impressive mill, and a stroll around the cobble streets of the village is highly recommended if you’re planning a visit to Saltaire.
It was in 2001, when Saltaire was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, although its popularity as a tourism destination skyrocketed after receiving this accreditation, it has always been popular. If you’re interested in history, art or are simply looking for a place to spend an afternoon – Salts Mill and the 1853 Gallery is an essential part of your Yorkshire itinerary.
Located a short 4 miles north of Bradford, if travelling by car, Salts Mill is well signposted. It’s 15 minutes away from the M606 and the motorway network.
In terms of public transport, Saltaire train station is minutes from the Mill and welcomes regular trains from Leeds City Centre – which is roughly 15 minutes away by train.
Regular services also arrive from Bradford and locations on the Skipton line.
Salts Mill has a substantial car park, which is free of charge. There are also a number of disabled spaces, and there are precautions taken to make accesibility easy for disabled visitors.
Aptly named after the year that Salts Mill opened – one of the biggest draws for tourists who visit the iconic building is the superb art gallery, which hosts paintings, drawings and other artwork from Bradford-born, world-renowned artist David Hockney.
As well as the innovative artwork – which has been compared to the work of Van Gogh – there’s a wonderful shop where you can pick up art supplies, books and other unique products which are not exclusively themed around Hockney.
The Gallery’s open from 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
With a wonderful reputation locally, found in the heart of Salts Mill, is Salts Diner.
One of the most popular cafes in the village and beyond, you can pick up a quick coffee and have a rest after exploring the mill – or even enjoy a 3-course meal if you’re feeling hungry. The Diner’s often busy, and serves a varied menu full of sweet treats, salads, sandwiches and others.
What’s more, who can ignore the wonderful art which is dotted around the walls of the dining space. This makes it the perfect place to enjoy an interlude between taking in the joys of Salts Mill.
Salts Diner is open for breakfast from 9.30 – 10.45 Monday to Friday and 9.00 – 10.45 at the weekends. Lunch is served from 11.30 – 16.30 every day.
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