Days Out: Satl's Mill and Shipley Glen Railway

Explore the wonderful world of Saltaire, home to Salt's Mill and the Shipley Glen Railway.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 4th November 2017, 7:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:41 am

Whether you arrive by car, train, bus or even on bike after a trip along the canal path, the picturesque town of Saltaire is so accessible and has plenty to keep you busy for a day.

The mill and village are set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the whole area is of architectural and historical interest.

Salts Mill, which was built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853, is an imposing Grade II listed former cotton mill which is now home to the world’s largest collection of David Hockney work.

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It’s completely free to enter and has so much to explore – from the 1853 gallery on the first floor showing early drawings and oil paintings by Hockney, to the Saltaire exhibition and shops selling books, antiques, jewellery and even outdoor clothing.

Refuel at the fantastic Salt’s diner which serves up delicious dishes and snacks in a warm and quirky atmosphere.

After exploring Salts Mill, extend your trip into Saltaire – relax in Robert’s Park where you might catch a local cricket match, or hear a band performing at the bandstand.

Take a stroll to Saltaire’s fantastic shops down the lovely cobbled streets – some of which are named after Salt’s 11 children.

If you’re still looking for something to do, take in the stunning World Heritage site on the oldest working cable tramway in Britain – Shipley Glen Cable Tramway.

The tramway dates back to 1895, built to transport passengers to the beauty spot of Shipley Glen near Saltaire, which hosted huge Victorian and Edwardian Fairgrounds.

It’s perfect for visitors who want to enjoy a gentle woodland ride for a quarter of a mile or so.


Shipley Glen Railway: Prices: £1 for an adult single ticket and £2 for return, 30p for a child single ticket and £60p for a return.

Opening times: Salt’s Mill weekdays 10am-5.30pm, weekends 10am-6pm. Shipley Glen Railway: Open on Saturday and Sunday noon-4.30pm.