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Hotels in Shipley

Set in a commuter suburb of Bradford, Shipley hotels are conveniently positioned for visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire and exploring the natural beauty of Shipley Glen.

Saltaire

Built in 1851 by the leading industrialist Sir Titus Salt, Saltaire is a Victorian model village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name of the town is a combination of Salt's surname and the River Aire that runs through the town.

Salt set up five mills along with houses for his workers, bathhouses, a hospital, a library, a school, a concert hall, a science laboratory and a gym. Because of this impressive scale, Saltaire was a vital step to finding a solution to the slums that existed at the time in nearby Bradford and is today seen as an important development in the history of 19th-century urban planning. Salt's Mill is no longer in use and has been renovated to include a number of shops and restaurants as well as a gallery dedicated to the celebrated artist David Hockney.

Parks and glens

To the north of Shipley is Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot since the Victorian period. The Shipley Glen Tramway was set up in 1895 to take people to the top of the glen and is today still in use. Hop on board the funicular tramway and let it whisk you through lush woodland from Saltaire station to the top of Shipley Glen. There are also a number parks surrounding Shipley. Crowghyll Park features a public playground and Northcliff hill encompasses fields, woods and a private golf course.

Further afield

A short drive from Shipley will take you to the centre of Bradford. Here you'll find a range of historical and cultural attractions, including the Bradford Industrial Museum, the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the National Media Museum. Also within driving range of Shipley is the city of Leeds. In addition to a range of shops, restaurants and pubs, Leeds is home to the Royal Armouries Museum and Leeds City Museum.

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