Roberts Park

in Bradford

Address: Higher Coach Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD17 6AQ

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Description

The park has recently been restored to its former prime of the late 1800s and offers a number of interesting features and activities including a superb play area and skate bowl, a cafe, bandstand, flower beds and covered seating areas. The design by William Gay has changed little since it was opened which gives the visitor a true feel of what a Victorian park was like.

The site comprises of two distinct areas: the upper level is more of a traditional park setting with mature trees and an intimate feel and is crossed by a 300 metre grand promenade. Within this area there is a stunning bandstand and three elegant. covered seating areas one of which houses the intepretation of the park including the original park rules. This contrasts with the bottom meadow which is more open and has great views out to the surrounding moors including Ilkley Moor giving a feeling of wide open space far greater than the actual park size.

In keeping with the principles of a World Heritage Site the original styles, layout and colours used by Sir Titus Salt and William Gay have been closely followed giving visitors an experience of the 19th century. Some plants representative of the mill’s South American connections such as the Chilean Firebush, Andean ferns and Eucryphia have been added to promote interest and the range of hollies, so beloved of both Sir Titus Salt and Sir John Roberts has been significantly increased

Brief History
Roberts Park was opened in 1871 and was funded by the textile tycoon Sir Titus Salt and it formed part of his model village of Saltaire. In 2009 Bradford Council successfully applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore the park to its former glory and in 2010 work was completed. The listed buildings have been faithfully restored during the restoration works and artefacts such as the Alpaca statues and the bandstands were installed in keeping with the ambience of the park. Today the park attracts over 6 million visitors annually.

Features
Skate Park/Play Area
A brand new play area and skate park bowl has been built as part of the restoration. There are some great play features and there is even a graffiti wall.

Café
There is a café in the restored Half Moon pavillion which is open throughout the year. and sells quality coffee, teas, ice creams and a range of home made hot and cold dishes. There is plenty of seating inside and out with good views towards Saltaire and over the cricket pitch.

The cafe welcomes everyone and has facilities for people with disabilities and parents with young children. For more information, visit their website. Outside the café there is a sculpture of two alpacas which reflect the origins of Titus salt’s wealth as he imported the wool from South America for his mills

Bandstand
The bandstand is a beautiful feature with unique metalwork designed as part of the restoration woks. Concerts are sometimes held on Sunday afternoons during the summer. Check our events page for details.

Covered Seating areas
There are three beautifully restored covered seating areas in the park to take shelter in from both sun and rain. The shelters house interpretation about the park and storage areas.

River
The River Aire flows along the western side of the Park with a ‘beach’ area which allowed for the mooring of a steamboat in earlier times.

Fishing
Detailed information on fishing in Roberts Park and fishing licenses can be found through Saltaire Angling Association.

Cricket
A cricket pitch forms part of the park and is used by Saltaire Cricket Club with games being played most Sundays. The cricket pitch predates the park

Activities
There are many events hosted in the park including the Saltaire festival, the World heritage weekend and a Classic car rally….

Park Lodge
The lodge was restored as part of the recent works and has a number of meeting rooms which are available to hire. It also has a lift and fully accessible shower area.

Flower beds
The shrubs and flowers have been chosen to reflect those which were originally planted in the park and provide a beautiful show in the summer.

Pedestrian bridge
A bridge leads into the park from Saltaire.

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