Saltaire mill is a former textile mill, known as Salts Mill named after Sir Titus Salt who built the mill on the river Aire. Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson it was opened on Sir Titus Salt's 50th birthday, 20 September 1853
Titus Salt he took over his father's textile business in 1833 and, designed a way spin highly desirable cloth from the fleece of Peruvian alpacas. For this he built specially-designed 'vertical' mill - today's Salts Mill - that could taken in untreated raw alpaca wool and, in one place, take it through all the myriad processes needed to turn it into finished cloth of the highest quality.
A vast complex of more than one million square feet, it passed through many owners until Illingworth Morris closed the doors in the early 1980s.
The late Jonathan Silver, a Bradford born entrepreneur, art lover and businessman took over Salts, threw open the doors and created the 1853 Hockney Art Gallery exhibiting the works by David Hockney, considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
The mill now exhibits the largest collection of works by Hockney, combined with high quality retail outlets and restaurants and it is a major national attraction.
Salts Mill, Shipley, Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA.
Opening: 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 ChristmasDay, Boxing Day and New Years Day..
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 www.saltsmill.org.uk. Email:
General Telephone Enquiries: 01274 531 163. Fax: 01274 531 184.
Location: Saltaire is 4 miles north of Bradford,
Directions and Free Parking
The Saltaire train station is just across the road from the Mill. It takes 15 minutes to Leeds or Bradford.
Sat nav users: set your Sat Nav to BD17 7EF. When it tells you you've reached your destination, keep going along Salts Mill Road following the brown signs - you'll pass a big red brick chimney on your left as you cross the canal and The Waterfront, an office building, on your right, then you'll see the mill at the end of the road. Proceed through the gates into the free Salts visitors car park on the right.
Disabled parking and access
Come along Salts Mill Road, pass the 'Visitors Parking' sign and continue past the chimney where you will see a glass canopy with disabled parking spaces. Level access to all public areas and the lift is through the tunnel opposite these parking spaces. For additional information or help please call 01274 531163 during opening hours.
1853 Gallery, displays the worlds largest permanent collection of works by Bradfordian David Hockney.