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Salts Mill, Bradford

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Must see · History Museum · Historic Site
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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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  • The village and the building are absolutely breath-taking. There is a fantastic atmosphere inside the Saltsmill with a lovely bookshop, an arts and crafts shop, and a lively café. It is a real... 
    The village and the building are absolutely breath-taking. There is a fantastic atmosphere inside the Saltsmill with a lovely bookshop, an arts and crafts shop, and a lively café. It is a real...  more »
  • This time we just came here for a big lunch on a wet day with a 2-year old and an 8-month old. Long queue for lunch but there’s quick turnover and the staff were v on the ball so we were sitting down....  more
    This time we just came here for a big lunch on a wet day with a 2-year old and an 8-month old. Long queue for lunch but there’s quick turnover and the staff were v on the ball so we were sitting down....  more »
  • The exhibitions are always interesting. Currently Ian Beasley’s photographic exhibit is superb. He captures Bradford at a pivotal moment in its history. David Hockney’s Year in Normandy is thought... 
    The exhibitions are always interesting. Currently Ian Beasley’s photographic exhibit is superb. He captures Bradford at a pivotal moment in its history. David Hockney’s Year in Normandy is thought...  more »
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  • This place was absolutely fabulous. I had no idea about the history of Saltaire and was in awe of it. The video presentation which was roughly 40-50 minutes was hugely informative. There's something for everyone here be it art, architecture, history, eateries, antiques. Well worth a visit. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to fully take in all the information about the production side of things. You could easily spend a full day here!
  • What an incredible place this is! I love the history behind it all and the philanthropy is evident all around. Artworks, home furnishings and large restaurant complete the experience. You can also walk along the canal towpath to bingley ( only 3 miles away) to see the amazing five rise locks.
  • A friend recommended a trip here and I spent a good couple of hours mooching around all the floors in the building.... lots of local artisans, concession shops, art installations, museum pieces, as well as David Hockney artworks. Plenty of places to grab food or a coffee, so don't stop at the first place you come across! Free parking.
  • One of the finest gallery spaces I have ever visited. The building itself is awe inspiring, and featured fantastic, vast exhibitions from David Hockney and photographer Ian Beesley. Super nice!
  • It was hard to guess from just looking at the building built in 1853, that it would have so much information about the history of Salt Mills, a beautiful gallery of paintings by the famous David Hockney, creating using an iPad, an amazing cafe & diner, antique & jewelry section, beautiful display of 3D paper cards, really showed the much appreciated “Making” culture of the folks of the Saltaire village society. I was overall very impressed with the plethora of ingenious Artwork and vintage collection, that I mostly saw in the movies, absolutely loved being here!!!Outside of the salts mill, was a beautiful park for friends & families to spend quality time in nature together:)

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