Shipley & Saltaire
Saltaire Branch Manager Matthew Fox's guide to Saltaire and surrounding Aire Valley villages
Designated a World Heritage Site in 2001, thanks to its historic importance and architectural appeal, Saltaire's roots link firmly into the region’s textile heritage. The community now provides a highly desirable living environment set on the banks of the River Aire which, with the adjacent Leeds Liverpool Canal, offers fantastic leisure opportunities.
Saltaire village provides an excellent range of shops, restaurants, schools and local facilities, whilst the local cities of Leeds and Bradford, along with the towns of Skipton and Ilkley, are all readily accessible thanks to frequent services throughout the day from the village’s railway station. Leeds Bradford International Airport is just nine miles from the village.
Beautiful Pennine countryside made famous by the Brontes is just a short drive away as is stunning Wharfedale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The surrounding villages of Thornton, Clayton, Queensbury and Allerton are all desirable and have excellent facilities with good access to open countryside.
Living in a World Heritage Site is really quite an honour and it is one of the reasons that Saltaire is such a sought-after location. It really does have a unique vibe: eclectic, historic, arty yet down-to-earth. There's nowhere quite like it.
What we love about Shipley & Saltaire
Saltaire Monthly Local Produce Market
On the second Saturday of every month, the centre of Saltaire comes alive with the vibrant sights, sounds and delicious smells of its local produce market. Here you will find a wide range of foods including cheeses, pickles, pies and cakes, fresh hand-picked organic vegetables, beers and deli produce, as well as street food stalls and fresh coffee.
Saltaire Brewery Beer Club
Anyone who enjoys high quality beer and a great night out, in interesting surroundings, will surely find themselves on the last Friday of the month at the famous Saltaire Brewery, where the Saltaire Beer Club's mini beer festival is held, featuring three bars and 13 pumps it serves a range of Saltaire ales as well as guest beers.
Roberts Park is a super open space enjoyed by Saltaire residents. The Park Lodge, Half Moon Cafe and bandstand enhance the surroundings, whilst the children's playground, skate park and Saltaire Cricket Club provide activity and entertainment for the young and not so young!
Saltaire residents are especially fortunate to have in their midst one of the largest collections of David Hockney's art, housed in the 1853 gallery at Salts Mill. The Grade II listed restored mill, built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, also houses the popular Salts Diner, Espresso Bar and an excellent fish restaurant into the Opera. Independent shops selling everything from books to fashion and antiques, as well as the luxury furniture and accessories shop The Home, ensure that there is always something new to experience every time you call in.