Fodor's Expert Review Saltaire
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire was built as a model village in the mid-19th century by textile magnate Sir Titus Salt. When he decided to relocate his factories from the dark mills of Bradford to the countryside, he hoped to create an ideal industrial community. The Italianate village is remarkably well preserved, its former mills and houses now turned into shops, restaurants, and galleries, as well as private homes. Part of Salt's Mill, the main building, resembles a palazzo. The largest factory in the world when it was built in 1853, today it contains an art gallery, along with crafts and furniture shops. One-hour guided tours (£4) of the village depart weekends and some bank holidays at 2 pm from the tourist information center.