Manchester and Day Trips Out

Salts Mill
& The David Hockney Exhibition

Day Trips from Manchester in the Northwest of England & Yorkshire

Sir Titus Salt & Saltaire

Salts Mill is set in the UNESCO World Heritage
Site, Saltaire in the Aire Valley near Bradford in West Yorkshire.
The Grade II Listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir
Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers. The mill now
contains four comprehensive art galleries including the 1853 Gallery,
which altogether feature over 400 works by David Hockney. Salts Mill
is also home to a variety of shops and places to eat. The whole area
is of architectural and historical interest.

Salts Mill, Saltaire near Bradford

Titus Salt

(1803- 1876)

Titus Salt was the son of Daniel Salt, a woolstapler
a fairly successful businessman in Morley near Leeds. With his father
he had established important and profitable textile companies in Bradford.
Titus took over the running of the company when his father retired
and was to become the largest employer in Bradford. In 1848 Salt became
Mayor of Bradford and in 1850 he announced his plans to build a new
industrial community called Saltaire at a nearby beauty spot on the
banks of the River Aire. Saltaire, which was three miles from Bradford,
took twenty years to complete and eventually some 850 houses were
built for his workers as well as a park, church, school, hospital,
library and a whole range of different shops.

Sir Titus Salt portrait

Salt also installed public baths and wash-houses
in the village, keen to avoid the filth and squalor that remained
in Bradford. Active in politics, he supported the Chartists and helped
establish the United Reform Society, an attempt to unite middle and
working class reformers. On one hand radical and on the other he held
conservative views. For example, he refused permission for his workers
to join trade unions and employed young children in his factories,
being totally opposed to the 1833 Factory Act that attempted to prevent
children under the age of nine working in textile mills. He spent
two years as a Member of Parliament and was knighted for his entrepreneurial
and charitable works. Although he had been an extremely rich man,
it has been estimated that during his life Titus Salt had given away
all of his wealth, over £500,000 to good and charitable causes.

David Hockney & the 1853 Gallery

David Hockney

Bradford-born celebrated
artist David Hockney, an important contributor to the British Pop
art movement of the 1960s, is considered one of the most influential
artists of the twentieth century. Over the years he has consolidated
his position as the best known and most highly regarded British artist
of his generation. As well as painting, Hockney has produced a range
of work in lithography and in photographic collage and has also been
outstanding as a graphic artist and stage designer.
The 1853 Gallery was named after the year in which the original Victorian
Mill was originally opened. It hosts a permanent exhibition of works
by Hockney. The gallery also keeps a vast range of Art, Craft &
Design related books and artists materials. Telephone 01274 531 163
for more information.

What’s at Salts Mill


Zebra is a leading home furnishing brand with everything from unique
designed handmade rugs, fabrics and furnishings. Traditional and contemporary
handmade rugs in 100% pure wool as well as other fabrics including
silk, voile, chenile, velvet, cotton and linen. Telephone 01274 598
894 for more information.


As well as the David Hockney collection, there is also a Burmantoft
Pottery Exhibition, Books and Art materials. Telephone 01274 531 163
for more information.



A vast and varied collection of books including a kiddies book section.

“Excellent cuisine at affordable prices”. Telephone: 01274
530 533.

In Salts Mill since 1996 and specialising in contemporary jewellery,
silver and metalsmithing by renowned designers from Britain and
abroad. See website at or telephone
01274 599 790 for more information.

Also incorporating Rohan, a specialist shop for hiking, climbing
and travel clothing and equipment. Website:
or telephone 01274 589 692.

Commissioned paintings on “The Textile Process” by henry
Marvel Carr R.A. and Saltaire paintings and drawings by Simon Palmer
– all to commemorate Salt and the settlement at Saltaire.

History of the great mill and model village of 1853. Many fascinating
personal treasures of the Salt family are exhibited here.

Located just behind Salts Diner, The Home supplies the finest quality
practical and essential items for kitchen and home as well as the
outright luxurious, beautiful and bizarre. Telephone 01274 530 770
for more information.



Relax in this fish restaurant and enjoy attentive service from Wednesday
to Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm and bank Holiday Mondays. Table Reservations
Telephone 01274 531 163.

A beautiful selection of fresh flowers, house plants, pots and vases.
Silk flowers a speciality. Consult Shiela Barton on 07999 850 797.

Four of David Hockney’s many celebrated designs for the opera on
loan to the Mill, including Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”,
2 scenes from Stravinsky’s “The Rakes Progress” as well
as Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol”.

Bespoke gentlemens’ tailoring and accessories. Telephone 01274 531
167 for more information.

Malcolm Gray offers an array of 19th and early 20th century oil paintings,
watercolours, furniture and objets d’art. Open Wednesday to Sunday
from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Telephone 01274 592 103 more more information.



Formerly known as Riley Brother Cycles, an independent family run
business specialising in bicycles of all types. Open 7 days a week.
Telephone 01274 588 488 for more information.

Claiming to be the world’s largest early musical instrument specialists,
a large showroom brim full with mediaeval, renaissance and baroque
instruments of all kinds, as well as sheet music, CDs and accessories.
Telephone 01274 288 100 or visit the website at

General Information about Salts Mill

Salts Mill, Shipley, Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA.
Normally from 10.00am to 5.30pm Monday – Friday
and to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Salts Diner last orders for
food is at 4.30pm. Third Floor is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve open until 4.00pm. Closed Christmas
Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Entry & Parking: Free entry and parking. Parking
is so,mewhat limited during weekdays.
Groups & School Parties: Please book in advance
by telephone on 01274 531 163.
Photography: Allowed in most parts of the mill
except in The Home and the Opera Sets.
Contacts: Website at Email:
General Telephone Enquiries: 01274 531 163. Fax: 01274 531 184.
Location: Saltaire is 4 miles north of Bradford,
15 minutes from the M606 and the motorway network. Follow the brown
road signs from the motorway. The Saltaire train station is just
across the road from the Mill. It takes 15 minutes to Leeds or Bradford.
London to Leeds by train is a two and a half hour journey. The nearest
airport is Leeds/Bradford airport – 5 miles away.
Disabled Parking & Access: come along Salts Mill
Road, pass the ‘Visitors Parking’ sign and continue past
the chimney when you will see the wooden ramp outside the new public

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