Salt’s Mill is a shopping experience and gallery with a difference. This huge Grade II listed building was originally a mill built by Sir Thomas Salt in 1853 near Saltaire in Bradford. When it first opened it was the largest industrial building in the world and today it is registered by UNESCO as a site of world heritage. The mill closed in 1986 and renovation began to turn it into an art gallery featuring work by a local artist the world renowned David Hockney.
The mill comprises 3 floors with the upper floor being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Upper Floor
Currently on the upper floor is a Cloth and Memory Exhibition, sponsored by the National Lottery via the Arts Council and featuring the work of three new artists with large installations of textile creations; an exhibition of local paintings and family pictures by David Hockney; and in the Projection room a series of I-phone and I-pad pictures by David not seen anywhere else in the UK.
There is also a florist, an antiques shop and a tailors making made to measure clothes.
The Main Floor
The main floor is mainly shops such as;
The Home – a large store selling furnishings , gifts, and kitchen utensils.
The Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery – featuring jewellery from a large range of independent designers with the range changing constantly throughout the year this is the place to pick up a uni
Trek and Trail – An outdoor equipment store selling waterproofs, hiking boots etc.
A poster shop and book store will be opening shortly.
The Ground Floor:
Zeba Textiles selling rugs and fabrics for home furnishings made from wool or a mixture of wool and artificial silk. Their range is extensive and they specialise in providing well co-ordinated ranges all designed in-house, so if you fancy something a bit different in your home this is the shop for you.
The Early Music Shop – stocking a range of traditional musical instruments from recorders to harpsichords and a huge range of sheet music as well.
The Yamaha Music Centre – offering the opposite end of the scale with a blend of tradition and technology making modern musical instruments famous throughout the world.
Art Supply Shop – and if looking at all this talent has inspired you you can pick up some supplies to take home and create your own masterpieces with.
All Terrain Cycle Store – to help you get out and explore even more of the beautiful countryside surrounding Salt’s Mill.
This is a shopping experience with a difference with unique boutiques interspersed with exhibitions there is also one illustrating the history of Saltaire, the nearest village. Because of the former nature of the building there is just so much space and light.
So if you fancy combining a bit of culture with a bit of retail therapy and also have an eye for the unusual then this is the place for you and is a real hidden gem. It is free to enter but may be heavy on your wallet as there is so much you will want to buy.