UNITED REFORMED CHURCHSaltaire church is a grade I listed building. Titus Salt’s wife Caroline laid the foundation stone for the church on 27th September 1856. The opening of the church took place on the 13th April 1859. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Saltaire. The front of the church has a ornate tower supported by six Corinthian...more
The owner of our weekend accommodation recommended that we joined this walk 'to learn about Saltaire and it's history'. I do enjoy guided walks by locals, and Phil was up for it.We headed to the Tourist Information Office in time to join the walk, handed over £4 each to Marie (under 12's £3) who handed us a laminated ticket/bookmark. I glanced at...more
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal runs through Saltaire and built during the 18th Century and further extended in the 19th Century. Titus Salt commissioned for the Salts Mills to be adjacent to the canal for the transportation of textiles to and from the busy ports on the coast particularly Liverpool. To learn more about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal...more
The Salts textile Mills opened in 1853 and closed when the textile industry declined during the 20th Century. It was subsequently bought by Jonathan Silver (1949-1997), an entrepreneur, who created the 1853 gallery, and successful regeneration of the Mills space took place.Today the Salts Mill has been converted in business units including Bradford...more
This listed church was built in 1859 by Sir Titus Salt for catering his workers' spiritual needs. This congregational church was very popular among the mill workers and subsequently became the United Reform Church in 1972 where the Congregational Church joined up with the Presbyterian Church.The church has recently been restored to its former glory...more
After enjoying a few hours wandering around Salts Mill on the Sunday morning, we'd worked up a thirst, and decided to pop into this trendy looking venue.So why Don't Tell Titus?Well Titus Salt, although not a teetotaller, had sympathies with the Temperance movement. He refused to allow a pub or saloon to be built in his Model Village (although he...more
On our last day in Saltaire we headed to the Half Moon Café as we hadn't had the chance to see Roberts Park. We were told that their Eggs Benedict and coffee were very good. Well, the Eggs Benedict were only available at weekends as part of their Brunch Menu (10.00-14.00), so I opted for the bacon butty and a latte, Phil opted for a sausage butty...more
Following our guided walk of Saltaire, we were ready for a sit down in a warm place with a pot of tea! Vicars was open, and looked to tick the boxes. We'd been told that this place was run by a vicar. Well-We received a friendly welcome from our waitress, who told us that she could only offer us drinks and cake (home made) -What more could we ask...more
fter our meal at Vicars, we headed for this place that had been recommended to us - a traditional pub with Real Ale with lots of rooms.As I'd drunk wine with my meal, I decided to stick with wine, and was offered a glass of Merlot - Phil had no qualms of mixing grape and grain and went for his favoured Timothy Taylors Landlord. The pub was packed,...more
The West Yorkshire Metro trains (it's not a Metro as you think of it in other cities) are fast, efficient, and (so long as you stay in the Metro area) fairly cheap. They link the major towns & cities of the area including Saltaire, Shipley, Bradford, Bingley, Leeds, Skipton and Ilkley.more
This little tram opened in 1895 and takes you up the short distance to the wooded ravine of Shipley Glen - a popular local recreation area. It has the distinction of being Britain's oldest working cable tramway. It only takes a few minutes and its more for the kids but at only 35p what do you expect! Take a ride on the "toast rack" tram up and walk...more
When Saltaire festival is on (see elsewhere) the main street (Victoria Road) is lined with stalls selling all sorts of craft goods, both edible and inedible. We bought loads of dried fruits to make special museli with, and a selection of goodies from this, a stall selling traditional Greek cakes!more
Set inside the main floor of the mill the shops are in huge rooms that are almost cathedral in size. It gives them a very spacious feel and you can browse both shops for ages. The bookshop has a nice range of books, a lot of them concerned with art and architecture, and quite a selection of children's books too.The homeshop sells mainly...more
We visited Saltaire at Easter. We were told that the only ATM was at the Co-Op. So on the Saturday afternoon we joined a small queue to withdraw some cash for the weekend.
On the Sunday, we needed a bit more cash as our accommodation bill could only be paid by cash or cheque. There was no money left in the ATM!
Luckily the Co-Op offers cash back - maximum £50.
So, I purchased a couple of items, paid with my debit card and got £50 cash back.
The Co-Op has a range of food, drinks, magazines/newspapers etc
54,Bingley Road, Saltaire, Shipley,West Yorkshire, BD18 4SD
07.00 - 2300 hours
Ok its not too far - even for me uphill ;-) but i took a ride on the little tram
Unique Suggestions: ..its helps the local business here anyway.
The "Five Rise" locks at Bingley are one of the most beautiful flights on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. You can walk to them along the canal path from Saltaire in about an hour. The whole walk is lovely and you pass other locks and hand operated swing bridges along the way, as well as a pub and a tea room.more
Beyond Roberts Park is Shipley Glen, a wooded hillside that offers some nice gentle walking and good views back from the top. There's a funicular railway to the top if you're not feeling energetic enough. It's quite a vintage attraction too, looking like something straight from the Victorian Era.more
In the summer months there's almost always a cricket match going on at the sports ground which lies between the river and the canal. Watching is a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon, though I guess there are plenty of other things to be doing around here too.
Had enough of streets and mainly dark houses? Then a walk don the canal path is a great change of scenery. We enjoyed the walk down the canal path with Steve and Susan to the 5 Rise Locks at Bingley - this is about 4 km away. Even if you don't want to walk that far its worth a short stroll and a few minutes walk will bring you to the Hirstwood...more
The houses in Albert Rd were built in 1866 as part of the final phase of housing. The houses at the lower end, either in pairs or fours, were built for company executives. They have more Gothic detail and larger gardens than the other workmen houses in the village such as in Herbert and Amelia Street.more