Salts Mill, Shipley

Once the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area, Salts Mill contains a large collection of works by artist David Hockney and a number of independent shops and restaurants. This former mill was built in 1853 by Titus Salt, a local manufacturer and politician. The historic mill also includes an exhibition narrating the fascinating history of Saltaire, a World Heritage Site that once served as home to hundreds of Salt’s workers. Take a little time to explore the many shops inside the old building, which sell everything from bicycles to antiques. You can also walk or cycle on the canal path, which passes by the mill and is part of the national cycle network. Put Salts Mill at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bradford trip planner .
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  • Saltaire and Salts Mill is worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status - but the whole raison d'etre of the town has been lost - namely its textile machinery. This is a sorry testimony to how Engl...  more »
  • What a fantastic place full of culture, history, visionaries from the past, good food, amazing architecture and stunning landscapes. Well worth a visit both in the sun or rain....  more »
  • We revisited after more than 30 years and were amazed at the transformation! We had an amazing day walking around Saltaire and the Mill. So much to see and marvel at. Take in Roberts Park and experien...  more »
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  • Great place. Interesting history. Excellent book shop. Also has a jewellers featuring pieces by independent artists. Has a home store with lots of nice stuff and an antiques which is like a treasure trove. Top floor has art exhibitions on that change frequently. There is a restaurant and a cafe to eat- expect prices of a normal museum cafe (more expensive than you'd like to pay).
  • Salts Mill is an excellent place to visit for a full day out. The Mill is free entry and inside there is plenty to see. There are shelves and tables full of most of the books you could ever want. There is a large restaurant and also a coffee shop on the top floor. There are two art galleries, one showing the works of David Hockney and another recently opened in the roof space of the mill, showing the photographs by Ian Beesley, depicting the workers of the mill during the 1980's. The area surrounding the mill is comprised of little workers cottages, coffee shops and tea rooms. Highly recommended for an excellent day out.
  • Hockney gallery was a good mix of his work, including some sculptures. Venue was superb (vaulted ceilings of old mill). Good range of books and art materials to buy. Upstairs cafe was busy (wait to be seated) and the 'opera' cafe wasn't open Mon-Tues, but there are plenty of cafes in Saltaire including the Boathouse Inn down by the river. Loved the Spring exhibition (Hockney' s iPad drawings). Home dept had good selection of retro furniture and knick knacks. Nice walk around the local streets (originally the mill workers' houses) to finish the visit.
  • This is a beautiful building and the way it's been converted into art gallery/boutique shops and cafes is something to see. A huge David Hockney art gallery is the main event along with the amazing display of local pottery. Hats off to Titus Salt for this mill.
  • Fabulous range of works, especially Hockney of course. Surprised there wasn't a better selection of main themed prints available though. Very well stocked art supplies too at very good prices.

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