Getting to Saltaire
- By Car, Minibus or Coach, it may be useful to use the AA route planner if you haven’t visited before. Put in your destination and use one of the destination post codes below to arrive at a suitable park for your vehicle:
- Salts Mill, Coaches and Cars – Free Parking – Post Code BD17 7EF
Please note: if you use a sat Nav to the Mill itself it takes you to the wrong side of the mill.
- Using the post code above takes you into a large car park and when your Sat Nav tells you that you have reached your destination, keep going along Salts Mill Road, following the brown signs, the Mill is at the end of this road and proceed through the gates to the car park.
- For Coaches there is an alternative drop off point for passengers on Exhibition Road Saltaire and a ‘height restricted’ car park for cars (costs £1 for up to 2 hours and £3 for over 5 hours)– Post Code BD18 3JW
- There is a small car park at the junction of Victoria Road/Caroline Street (costs £1 for up to 2 hours and £3 for over 5 hours) – Post Code BD18 3LF
- Saltaire United Reformed Church has a car park that can take minibuses (but it is best to check this first, see page 2) The Church is towards the end of Victoria Road, opposite the front of the Mill (costs £2 for 3 hours and £3 for the day) – Post Code BD18 3LF
- By Bus, the 662 Shuttle Bus operates every 10 minutes from Bradford Interchange and Keighley Bus Station. Other bus services that are available are 622, 623, 675 & 677. The best bus stop to use if travelling from Keighley is at ‘The Hop’ a large pub/restaurant near to the top of Albert Road. Walk down Albert Road and all the streets to the right are part of the World Heritage site. The best bus stop from Bradford is by the row of shops, near to Victoria Road (use the 2nd stop for Victoria Road). You will need to cross the road via the pelican crossing to Victoria Road. You are then on the main thoroughfare for the ‘village’. Saltaire United Reformed Church and Salts Mill are towards the end of the road (a second pelican crossing on Saltaire Road, takes you to the lower end of Victoria road)
- By Train – Saltaire has its own train station and trains are frequent from Skipton, Bradford and Leeds. The station is just before Saltaire United Reformed Church at the end of Victoria Road and very near to the front entrance of Salts Mill.
- Toilet Facilities and Gathering Spaces
- Currently, there are no public toilets in Saltaire (those that were there were closed for health and safety reasons). If your group intends to Visit Salts Mill, which needs to be by arrangement (the Mill allows two school visits each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon), it is essential to contact the mill on 01274 531163 to pre-arrange your visit. They will also provide a guide for school visits which is available on this link Download the Salts Mill information sheet . If visiting the Mill, there are toilets and bathroom facilities on every floor and the Mill offers some space for groups to eat a packed lunch but also has dining spaces
- There are very good facilities for visitors at Saltaire United Reformed Church who are very experienced at accommodating school groups. The basement of the church has plenty of space for groups to gather, leave bags if necessary and have access to toilet facilities. This space is used every week by the commercial tour operators Saltaire Village Walks (who provide tours of the village on a paid basis) but schools can make independent bookings and arrangements through, emailing the church directly on firstname.lastname@example.org . Please make sure that you give the church plenty of notice as they receive thousands of visitors each year and they do have to make a charge for use of their facilities. As above, it is also possible to park there, and the Church is a very brief walk from the train station.
- Please be aware that the small cafés and sandwich shops in Saltaire are not able to respond to requests to use their toilet facilities only. There are several outlets that can supply water and other drinks if needed.
- Saltaire’s Streets and Public Buildings there are a range of resources on this website that provide historically accurate information about:
- How the streets got their names
- What the original purposes of many of the public buildings were (e.g. the hospital and alms houses)
- The founder of Saltaire – Sir Titus Salt
- The Loss of the Salt’s Mill business and Saltaire in 1892 by the Salt Family
- Successive owners and managers
- Oral Histories drawn from workers and residents
- Some important information and stories about people migrating from other countries to work in the textile industry
- A Heritage Trail with brief information about each ‘stopping point’
- A children’s treasure trail with clues to solve a puzzle
- Map – please use the link below to download a map of Saltaire and for Parking Facilities