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The Salts Mill was a textile factory until 1986 and now is a reminder of Yorkshire’s industrial development. The long and imposing structure, which stretches along the banks of the River Aire, has been converted into a shopping mall and art gallery. Purchase art materials, books and old-world musical instruments from the array of intriguing stores.
Capture photos of this enormous building, with West Yorkshire’s rolling hills serving as a bucolic backdrop. The façade is made up of cupolas and turrets, countless symmetrical windows and a simple red inscription of “Salts.”
Enter and make your way to the People and Process and Saltaire History displays for a deeper understanding of the factory’s past and purpose. Attend some of the temporary art and literature exhibits, which have previously included photographs by Kevin Cummins and poems by Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison.
Among the highlights is The Arrival of Spring display by David Hockney in the Third Floor Gallery. Marvel at the works composed by the acclaimed modern artist on his iPad.
Take a break in one of the cafés and restaurants inside the old factory. Wander through the book shop, renowned for its children’s collection.
Consider the history of the mill, which was constructed in 1853 and is named for politician Titus Salt, who built the village of Saltaire. Despite the changes, the building today remains a large part of the region’s economy, providing work for more than 1,000 people.
Parking and admission to the complex, most of which remains open daily, is free. Note that hours vary, but most shops, galleries and restaurants run from morning to late afternoon.
The Salts Mill is in the heart of Saltaire, in the northern outskirts of Bradford. Take a bus to one of the surrounding stops or board a train to Saltaire railway station, which is next to the mill. While here, visit neighboring attractions such as the Shipley College Exhibition Building, Victoria Hall and Roberts Park across the river.
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