A lovely way to spend a day
Saltaire village is the perfect place for history or art lovers to while away a lazy Sunday. The village is named after its founder, mill owner Sir Titus Salt, and the River Aire. Although it’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire isn’t a museum, it’s a real community.
Take a step back in time
Salts Walks and Talks offersguided tours around the village. Or you can simply explore the beautifully preserved streets, each of which is named after a real person. It’s fun to imagine these characters while wandering along Ada Terrace, Daisy Place and Titus Street. Or take a 30-minute boat trip onboard the Titus along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
For afternoon tea
Try Jeanette’s Cakery – a Forties-style coffee shop packed with vintage touches – the cupcakes are amazing! For an up-to-date experience, visit Saltaire Canteen on Victoria Road, a unique community café using surplus supermarket food to provide meals on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis.
Explore Salt’s Mill
This enormous space houses a history exhibition and art galleries, including a celebration of the works of locally-born David Hockney, a loyal supporter of the village. Salt’s Diner offers great food among arty surroundings – the Salt Burger is really good and is made from locally -reared beef and a secret blend of spices. Book a table in advance if you want Sunday lunch.
- Salt’s Mill 01274 531163
An afternoon in the park
In the summer, Robert’s Park, next to the canal and across from Saltaire church, hosts regular cricket matches and free music concerts, usually on a Sunday. The little park café serves light refreshments and the atmosphere is very relaxed and fun.
Have a drink
Don’t Tell Titus is a cheekily-named bar, lounge and restaurant on Victoria Road near the train station. It is named after Titus Salt (believed to be teetotal) who allowed no public houses in his original plans for the village. Visitors often spill out onto the street in the summer months and it has a lovely, vibrant atmosphere.
- Call 01274 595633 or click here
The quirky Saltaire Vintage Shop on Victoria Road, which is brimming with clothing, homewares and gifts. I love the kitsch crockery and retro kitchen storage bins.