Salts Mill

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Salts Mill information

Location
Saltaire , England
More information
www.saltsmill.org.uk
Opening hours
10am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, to 6pm Sat & Sun
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Saltaire, a Victorian-era landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site, was an industrial village purpose-built in 1851 by philanthropic wool baron and teetotaller Titus Salt. The village's factory is now Salts Mill, a splendidly bright and airy cathedral-like building where the main draw is a permanent exhibition of work by Bradford-born artist David Hockney.

In a fitting metaphor for the shift in the British economy from making things to selling them, this former engine of industry is now a shrine to retail therapy, with shops selling books, crafts and outdoor equipment, and a cafe and restaurant.