Schools / Education Groups


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Call us today on 01274 599887 or 07801 449105.

We have currently paused our walks and talks but there is still much to experience – check out our Saltaire History page which is regularly updated with Saltaire stories and Titus tales giving a fascinating insight into the experience of living and working in Saltaire during fully functioning Mill times. Inspiration for school projects perhaps.

For a flavour of Saltaire and what you might hear on a guided tour watch the 3 minute video of when Bill Oddie and Pete Waterman met tour guide Maria for Channel 5’s Britain By Barge. Watch here.

Once it is safe to do so, we will welcome you to Saltaire for a fascinating fabulously entertaining experience
(reserve your virus permitting dates now),
until then enjoy Saltaire from home, stay safe and stay well.

School Girl at Saltaire“Imagine  people that are funny while factual, that are educational while exciting, that are crazy while clever; those people are your guides.  Your tours for schools are enjoyable and exciting, funny and fabulous; this is how I would describe the amazing trip you provide for schools.” Baildon C of E Primary School, Ellen Watling 

Education Groups have been visiting Saltaire since Sir Titus Salt built his village, in fact he was the first guide for this World Heritage Site.  Clearly, we take our cue from him.

We have a great many years’ experience in looking after all types of educational groups, from  primary schools to PhD students.

There is very little we do not know about Saltaire World Heritage Site and we regularly answer questions about the social history, philanthropy, history of the buildings, conservation, town planning, architecture, regeneration, recycling, textiles, the dyeing industry, medicine and of course the Victorians.

Mill Worker Sarah EllenSo teachers, when planning a trip to Saltaire please contact us.

We offer lessons that pupils/students will never forget, and they walk away saying they never liked history until they experienced a Salts Walk.

“One girl said it was the best school trip she had ever been on…we would like to book our visit for next year.”

Derrick Rooke
Lightcliffe Primary School

We start inside the Saltaire United Reformed Church, with an introduction. Each participant is given a handmade laminated bookmark with the history of a real person who lived and worked in Saltaire on it. (We constantly add  and update these characters as we meet and are given information from the many descendants of the residents of the village.)

This means that each participant  is guaranteed a completely unique character. Watch students light up when they discover their character’s house, then squeal with delight as they find out they are married to each other and collapse with laughter when they see some of them are married to their teachers.

Our walks can be tailor made to meet your curriculum needs.

Our tours have the added advantage of allowing students new to a school, or university, to socialize.  Pupils often arrive  as strangers and leave as friends, particularly first years attending a senior school, and undergraduates starting courses at college or university.

In addition, our guided walks have the added benefit of giving the groups a thirty minute, or more, walk. As we all know, walking is wonderful exercise!

To make a booking or enquiry simply fill out our contact form with your preferred date and time and we will get back to you.  You also are most welcome to email or phone.



Suggested full day itinerary for a School  Visit

10.00 Arrive at Saltaire United Reformed Church to be met by Salts Walks guides in costume and character. Enjoy a stimulating introduction to the village.  A chance to see inside the Saltaire United Reformed Church, then start the guided walk.

12 noon A chance for your school to enjoy their packed lunch. There are many places to choose from Roberts Park, in the summer perfect. The Saltaire United Reformed Church.  Or ask one of the local schools for space. For something different book a taster Wurlitzer Concert in Victoria Hall and enjoy your packed lunch at the same time. contact Richard Stephenson 0845 400 2208 after 7pm.  or to book your experience. Or

Your school can book a time slot to go inside Salts Mill (by arrangement only with them 01274 531163) Or 

Organise an exciting trip on the Shipley Glen Tramway, contact Richard Freeman – 07773001250 email Or even a   trip on the TITUS, a canal boat on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Speak to the Skipper on 07944550488

So Much to Do in Saltaire World Heritage Site.

Some Primary schools who have enjoyed a Salts Walk


Testimonials from Schools and Educational Establishments

Poplars Farm Primary School, Jo Warden, Year 5 Class teacher ‘Dear Maria, thank you for a wonderful trip the kids are still talking about it and many have been back to Saltaire.’

Sandal Primary School, Gail Fieldhouse ‘Dear Maria , thank you for another brilliant visit. Could you please pass on my thanks and some letters of thanks from the children. See you next year.’

Mark Epstein, University Language Centre University of Manchester, said ‘ Thank you for organizing the guided walk so beautifully, we all really enjoyed it. Your guides all made the visit so alive, that the students (and us staff) really thought the whole experience was great.’

Peter Lambert, Woodhouse Grove School ‘Just to say thank you for an excellent visit. The students were genuinely interested in the guided tour of Saltaire and your costume and characterization was absolutely brilliant. It really helped bring the place to life. Salts is a place we visit regularly as a family and I learnt a huge amount myself that I did not know.’

 EASA, Ulrike Knox ‘Thanks for such an enjoyable and informative performance. It really helped everyone get under the skin of Saltaire’s social history.’

Jean Pierre Billen, Belguim ‘Hello Maria, at last some time to send out a few ‘thank yous’. I’m very happy how you arranged our visit. Please send on my thanks to the two wonderful guides who worked with you and who took us around. A pity we were limited in time. I think we could have spent much longer in your companionship. The Saltaire visit is one that shall be remembered for a long time. Thank you all for a lovely morning.’

Blackburn College, Barbara Pulling, Geography students ‘Yet again thanks for the excellent, funny and highly interesting tour of Saltaire yesterday. I know the students got a lot out of it as they talked about the village all the way back to Blackburn.’

Edgerton College, Julia Pomeroy ,College Manager  ‘Thank you for the wonderful guided tour you provided for us. The talk was fascinating and informative, and I am sure will contribute to our History GCSE.’

Baildon C of E Primary School, Ellen Watling ‘Imagine  people that are funny while factual, that are educational while exciting, that are crazy while clever; those people are your guides. We all thoroughly enjoyed the talk at the beginning and the guided tour was fascinating. Your tours for schools are enjoyable and exciting, funny and fabulous; this is how I would describe the amazing trip you provide for schools.’

Buttershaw Primary School, Hazel Thompson ‘Many thanks  for your super guided walks. The children were very interested and had a lovely time in Saltaire.’

University of Hong Kong, Department of Geography, M.R.Peart ‘Thank you very much for the guided tours of Saltaire. We have been coming for over 15 years and your tours just get better and better. As usual this visit was a great success and all the students enjoyed their time in Saltaire. See you next year.’

Heaton St. Barnabas’ CE Primary School, Judith Starkey ‘Many thanks for a great visit.’


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  9 Responses to “Schools / Education Groups”

  1. Hi,

    I am thinking of bringing 3 different Year 3 classes to visit Saltaire next half term Oct – Dec for a costume guided walk. What days are available preferably a Wed, Thurs & Friday?

    Emma Gibson (Year 3 teacher)

  2. Hi!
    I brought my Year 3 class last year for a guided tour, and am very interested to bring them again. This time we have a 1 1/2 form entry with 2 main class teachers and 41 pupils, although we have space for 45 and it’s entirely possible we may end up with a couple more before June.

    I’m just wondering if it would be possible for you to accommodate us some time in June? We could have two groups over the day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon although I’m not sure how you’d want us to work it out but we can be flexible in the grouping and times, working with what you think is the best use of your time (but coming from Wigan, we’d probably end up coming for 10.30 rather than 10.00).

    Hope you can help, my class and I had a wonderful time last year and I’m very excited to bring my new class to see Saltaire and experience the tour and the wonderful village!


    • Dear Louise,
      we would be delighted to conduct guided walks for your school groups Dates available in June, Thurs 2nd June Friday 3rd June, Monday 6th June. Wed 8th June PM only Thursday 9th June Pm only Friday 11th June Pm only, Monday 13th June am only, Tuesday 14th June anytime, Thursday 16th June pm only Friday 17th June anytime, Monday 27th June Pm only, Tuesday 28th June PM oly , Wed 29th June anytime.
      Will any of the dates suit you please let me know. call me on 01274 599887 or 07801449105

      Best wishes

  3. Hi Maria

    I spoke to you on Tuesday regarding a booking for 28 children and 4 adults from Salterlee School Halifax for 28th June. This was for a 12noon walk. Can you please confirm that this is ok.

    Jennifer Kaye

  4. Are you able to provide a guided tour for college students on a midweek in October 2017 . How much would it be how long and what time. ?

    regards R

    • Dear Richard,
      We would be delighted to conduct a guided walk for college students midweek in October. The cost is £5.00 per person, however we do have a minimum charge of £75.00 if there are 15 or less students. Do you have any dates in mind? then I can check availability.
      The time of the walks are booked by arrangement with you and last about 90 mins.
      I look forward to hearing back from you.
      Best wishes

  5. Hi there,
    I am looking to bring 80 children from year 3 – 6 on Thursday 6th June. Please can you let me know how much it would be for 4 guided tours throughout the day?


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