Salts Mill
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Things to do in Saltaire

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Saltaire is unusual in that the whole village was constructed at the same time as Victorian mill complex Salts Mill. The village started as an idealistic Victorian dream, where workers in the mill would have access to decent housing and nature. Nowadays, it is still just as picturesque, but the industry and Victorian interiors have been swapped for art galleries, independent shops and craft beer. The Mill now houses one of the largest collections of David Hockney’s art alongside fascinating exhibitions dedicated to Saltaire’s history.

The area has many cultural offerings, alongside many scenic walking routes. You can visit the excellent Bingley Gallery, or for live music we recommend The Live Room. This renowned and well-established roots music club attracts crowds from all over West Yorkshire and often puts on big names from the roots and folk circuits. There’s also plenty of opportunity to flex that creative muscle yourself with Salt Pots ceramics.

During your visit you’ll find plenty of delicious dining experiences. We particularly recommend the authentic and homely Indian cooking at Rajshahi just outside Saltaire. They are a popular favourite of the locals and hold the best all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet in the area. Find all this and more in our guide to the best things to do in Saltaire.

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