Salts Mill and David Hockney
Some Saltaire History
Saltaire is a perfect example of a Victorian village. Sir Titus Salt built what is now known as Salts Mill a grand textile mill in 1853, which employed over 3000 workers. He also built churches, schools and houses for the workforce, which still remains today.
The Mill was purchased in 1987 and was transformed into Salt's Mill. The mill is now home to the 1853 Gallery and one of the largest collections of art by David Hockney, as well as a selection of shops and restaurants.
Salts Mill is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire. The Grade II Listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers. The whole area is of architectural and historical interest.
1853 Gallery David Hockney
Salts Mill is home to one of the largest collections of David Hockney's art. On the ground floor you will find the 1853 Gallery which houses a permanent exhibition of works by David Hockney.
Gallery 2 and the Saltaire Exhibition
On the second floor beyond Salt Book and Poster Shop is Gallery 2 and the Saltaire Exhibition. Gallery 2 has a collection of work by Henry Marvell Carr R.A entitled "The Textile Process" and Simon Palmer's collection of Saltaire paintings and drawings. At the rear of the gallery is the Saltaire Exhibition which is a fascinating exhibition which explores Saltaire's history from 1853 to the present day.
If you enjoy shopping then take time to explore the many independent shops in the mill which include everything from bikes to antiques. Stroll around the Salt Book and Poster shop and browse in The Home a luxury home ware and furniture shop.
Cafes and Restaurants
A popular choice with locals and visitors alike is Salts Diner, found on the second floor. If you just fancy a coffee visit The Espresso Bar (go through the Diner and turn left). On the third floor is Salts Mill's excellent fish restaurant, Café in the Opera (open Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm).