About Saltaire


The College is easily accessible by train or bus from Leeds, Bradford, Shipley, Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley and Skipton.

Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876) built the village for his woolen mill workers in a style inspired by the architecture of the Italian Renaissance. He named it after himself (Salt) and the river it is next to (Aire). Three of the five main College buildings are all Grade II listed, providing a unique atmosphere & environment for education, and we added the Jonathan Silver building in 2015.

Saltaire became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, which puts it in the same league as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and the Great Wall of China! It is one of the most visited areas in the Bradford district and draws more than a quarter of a million visitors annually. There are a host of attractions and regular exciting events in Saltaire to entice the tourist, as well as the historic cobbled streets and beautiful buildings.

Annual events include the Saltaire Arts Trail, showcasing Yorkshire's best creative talent in and around the Grade II listed village houses, and the Saltaire Festival with exhibitions, street markets, music, entertainment, and even a beer festival. It now also holds a weekend every April to celebrate its World Heritage status with exhibitions, activities, demonstrations and much more.

There are attractive shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, art galleries and parks in the village surrounding the college – perfect for a break and to chill out during your studies.

Saltaire has also been a popular filming location in recent years for TV shows and movies, with appearances in The English Game, Peaky Blinders, Agatha Christies ABC Murders and An Inspector Calls.

Salts Mill, the historic Grade II listed building, is home to an art gallery containing Europe's largest collection of work by Bradford's David Hockney, a designer shopping complex, the Salt's Diner Café and restaurant.

Saltaire is a unique place with something for everyone and we hope that you think so too.

Shipley College is proud to be a part of the Saltaire community.


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