On Saturday we headed off to Saltaire near Bradford for the afternoon.I have posted about this former mill workers village before, but hey its so lovely its deserving of another mention. The wonderfully named textile factory owner ‘Sir Titus Salt’ designed and built Saltaire for his workers in the 1800s. The location was inspired.Away from the crowded and unhealthy conditions of Bradford , yet close to railway and canal links, Saltaire was built next to the river Aire and benefited from a church, a school, allotments to grow food,pleasant greens and squares, a hospital and even a large park. Many of the buildings were designed in a classical style , influenced by the italian Renaissance. For the times, Titus Salts workforce were very fortunate indeed. Today the village is a UNESCO World heritage site and Salts Mill houses several shops including Salts Book and Poster store & All terrain Cycles, as well as a huge David Hockney Art exhibition. On Victoria road there are several fab independant shops and cafes.
Well i’ve been participating in the #take12trips challenge for a few months now. The idea was thought up by Clare over at Need Another Holiday as a way of encouraging folk to travel somewhere new every month over 12 months. And you don’t have to travel far.Often places on your own doorstep are worth a visit. So far I have blogged about a nature reserve off the motorway and a quirky tea rooms in Manchester amongst other things.
If you fancy joining in head over to twitter and have a nosy at #take12trips.
This month I am posting about my recent trip to Leeds and Saltaire with my boyfriend. Back in September we discovered that a singer we both like ‘Newton Faulkner’ would be performing at the 02 academy in Leeds in February. Well Feb is here and at the wknd we went to see him, having decided that we may as well stop over in this vibrant Yorkshire City.
We booked a room in the Radisson Blu hotel in the city centre. Unknown to us the hotel was literally 2 mins walk to the venue. Result! Our room was a standard double at a very reasonable rate £68 ( room only) with all the usual facilities you would expect such as crisp white bed linen, tv,kettle,free safe,free wifi and a lovely powerful hot shower in the bathroom.
The hotels interior is decorated in an art deco style which gives the welcoming lounge and dining area a sophisticated air.
Its quite handy that the Radisson Blu is part of the The Light Complex which also features a Vue Cinema and several chain eateries such as Cafe Rouge, Nando’s and Browns Restaurant. So no shortage of places extremely close by to grab a bite to eat.
We arrived just before noon but still found we could check in ( another result! ) so we soon headed into town for a nosy round the shops, interspersed with a few drinks in several pubs. 🙂
Leeds is a great city for shopping and culture. I’m afraid I didn’t really have my bloggers head on in the afternoon ( I was to busy relaxing and enjoying the company of my other half! ) so the only pictures I took are of the impressive Town Hall ( future scene of the Tour De France Grand Depart 2014) and a romantic valentine Hearts Wall.
In the evening after some rather nice food at Cafe Rouge we headed up to the 02 Academy for the gig. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard Newton Faulkner but it was an amazing concert. We were so chuffed to finally see him!
The next morning we decided to buy breakfast in the hotel which was quite reasonably priced for a hotel~ £8 each for a cooked breakfast. At checkout we got a discount for parking in The Light car park so instead of £18 we paid £13. This did bring the price up of our night away just a tad but not to worry !
About half an hours drive from Leeds is Saltaire Village which is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill and the village to house its workers in the 1800s. It is now a UNESCO world Heritage site and people still live here today. Salt Mill houses a Hackney exhibition and a fab book shop, restaurant and large spaces for contempary home wear and furniture.
As it was actually sunny on Sunday morning we had a pleasant but bracing stroll round the park that Sir Titus created, had a wander up Victoria Rd where there were a couple of vintage shops 🙂 and had a lovely lunch in the Don’t Tell Titus cafe. Here are some pics. 🙂
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