The village of Saltaire was built by the grandly named Sir Titus Salt to house his factory workers back in 1851, and these days it’s a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the site is still inhabited, and has become something of a living monument to the area’s industrial history, and it’s almost as it was when it was a bustling hub of activity.
Saltaire not only welcomes curious visitors throughout the year, but it also plays host to the annual Saltaire Festival for 11 days every September. The crowds are welcomed during May too, when the Saltaire Arts Trail sees friendly residents of the village open their doors to the public as they become art galleries for the event.
Victoria Hall (the Saltaire Institute back in its heyday) is still used for concerts and events too, and if you can time your visit to this unique village during one of its annual events you’ll get a glimpse of how things were when it was crowded with hardworking families. It all started with the textile mill, Salts Mill that was purchased by Sir Titus, and you can still visit the building every day of the year free of charge.