• 29-31 North Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3JL

Saltaire

Fancy moving to a living, breathing piece of history? Discover the unique appeal of historic Saltaire.

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to live in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But that is the unique appeal of Saltaire, a Victorian mill village founded on the banks of the River Aire by mill owner, politician and philanthropist Titus Salt (hence ‘Salt-Aire’).

Then, Salts Mill was one of a number of mills that drove Bradford’s own Industrial Revolution. Today, it is a wonderful combination of heritage attraction and refined living. That’s because, unlike most heritage attractions, Saltaire isn’t pickled, preserved and frozen in time. It wears its history lightly, proud of its legacy, but equally proud to be a thriving community of residents who come here for peace, tranquillity and the opportunity to live in a place that feels like nowhere else.

After all, where else could you live cheek by jowl with local produce markets (need some provisions for the weekend? Just step outside your door on Saturday mornings), a famous brewery, designer shops and a permanent David Hockney exhibition?

You needn’t worry that you’re about to move into a tourist attraction either. Visitors don’t detract from the joy of living here. If anything, they add to the life of the village, ensuring it never feels staid, yet the attraction element of the village remains pleasingly unobtrusive.

Transport links

Saltaire has its own train station, and a commute to Bradford Central takes just 15 minutes. Leeds is just 10 minutes’ further down the track.

Driving, depending on the time of day you’re setting out, can shave a few minutes off those times, or take rather longer. If you’re looking for a property where you can leave the car and still feel connected to work, the big cities and beyond, Saltaire is a perfect choice.

Local amenities

One of Saltaire’s great appeals is its range of independent stores. These range from designer fashion retailers to local butchers, bakers and greengrocers. There is a Co-Op in the area, and a new Sainsbury’s Local under development on the fringes of the village. For larger supermarkets. Shipley’s Aldi and Asda are just a few minutes away.

The local swimming pool is at Shipley, only a mile away, with further pools and leisure centres in Eccleshill and Keighley. You’ll also find a bowling alley, ice rink and sailing centre within a 5 mile radius.

Saltaire has a number of GP practices and dentists locally.

Schools

You can find information on Saltaire schools here.

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