Where heritage meets countryside

22nd May, 2015 | Article By Bradford VIC

Saltaire takes it name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire, which runs through the village. Thanks to its preservation as a model village, in 2001 Saltaire was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are many reasons why you should visit Saltaire from the spectacular architecture as you wander around the village, to the independent shops and restaurants scattered around the village. There is world class art on display at Salts Mill with one of the largest collections of David Hockney’s, and all surrounded by countryside and moors.

One, not to miss experience, is the Shipley Glen Tramway; this unique tramway was built in 1895 and operates narrow-gauge ‘toast rack’ cable-hauled trams. Relax in the trams carriage, whilst you travel the quarter-mile journey through the woodland, a far better option than the steep path. Once at the top, Shipley Glen is only a short distance away.

Although Saltaire is known for its industrial heritage, it is also a fantastic place to explore the great outdoors. It was deliberately built next to the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which nowadays means you can explore the area by foot or on bike, as the tow paths form parts of the National Cycle Network.

To find out more contact our Visitor Information Centre:

Saltaire Visitor Information Centre

Tel: 01274 437942

Email: Saltaire.vic@bradford.gov.uk


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