On Wednesday we took a trip to Saltaire village, a World Heritage Site near Bradford. It's a beautiful place, and thankfully the sun was shining the whole time we were there! It feels a bit like you're stepping back in time, especially because as soon as you emerge out of the twee little terraces and bunting you are confronted with council estates and industrial looking buildings! The village was built by Sir Titus Salt, who was a Victorian textiles manufacturer and invented the cloth 'alpaca', as a place to build a big textiles factory (Salts Mill) and for his sons and workers to live.
We spent the afternoon wandering around picturesque streets, encountering friendly cats and whiling away time in various cafes. There is a beautiful park which is alongside the river and a canal where you can find Are Jay Bargie - a barge selling fresh doughnuts, ice creams and old fashioned sweeties. A real treat! I had some pear drops and some blue bon bons, whilst Paul went for his staple chocolate ice cream! There are also lots of little vintage-y shops to explore as well, should that sort of thing tickle your fancy!
Salts Mill is the real tourist attraction in Saltaire, and although it looks like a bit of a building site at the moment, everything inside is still open, including a fantastic David Hockney exhibition! I was not expecting that when we took our trip, so it was a great surprise - I had never really seen his work before and there were some fantastic portraits of friends and family that he'd drawn solely on the iPad. Now that's what you call modern art! There was also a lovely little bookshop, which I could have spent hours losing myself in if our parking ticket wasn't running out! Not only that, but a homeware shop with lots of signs telling you not to touch things - the chairs cost more than our rent! But, as a subscriber to Living Etc it was nice to lust after these things in person (including some amazing plates that were about £60 but which I would love to have in our kitchen!)
All in all, a lovely afternoon out! I would definitely recommend a visit to Saltaire if you're around this way, there's plenty to do for people with all sorts of interests - lots of cafes, bars and restaurants including the stunning looking Boathouse Inn right on the river which we're hoping to take a trip to soon, it would be glorious in the sunshine! If you're interested, Saltaire train station is right slap bang in the centre of the village, and is only a fifteen minute journey from Leeds, and ten minutes from Bradford.