The great complex today known as Salts Mill houses the 1853 Gallery which boasts one of the largest collections of art by David Hockney, a local artist.
Saltaire the village was largely built by local mill owner, Sir Titus Salt, in 1853 (interestingly about the same time as Walshaw Lodge) in order to provide a decent standard of accommodation for his workers. The village is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of visitors who come to marvel at its magnificent architecture and to visit the wonderful Salts Mill.
Salts Mill’s David Hockney Collection
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. Visit the third Floor to see four of David Hockney’s Opera Sets and a large painting of The Magic Garden from “Les Enfants et les sortileges”.
Cafes, Restaurants and Shopping
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).
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.