Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Saltaire, West Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s Salts Mill, near Bradford, is a hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

This Grade II listed mill forms the focal point for Saltaire, a model village created in 1853 by the Victorian industrialist Sir Titus Salt for his workers. Today its spacious, well-lit interiors are dedicated not to industry but to a host of cultural activities.

On the ground floor you’ll find the 1853 Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of David Hockney’s works, including the influential Yorkshire artist’s iconic scenes of Bradford. On the second floor is Gallery 2 and a collection entitled “The Textile Process”. Simon Palmer’s Saltaire paintings and drawings are towards the rear, documenting the site’s history from 1853 to the present day.

Spend your cultural holiday browsing the hub of independent shops, everything from bikes to musical instruments to textiles. Then explore Yorkshire’s industrial heritage with a walk along the canal towpath, following the Aire Valley Canal up to the Five Rise Locks at Crossflatts.

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