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Dating in Shipley: a town that inspires

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With a reputation that stings as much as the spiciest curry, it is undeniable that central Bradford is a little rough around the edges. Industrial and unglamorous, it is often described as a lesser Leeds. However, it is this notion which makes certain parts of the wider City of Bradford area all the more surprising. The town of Shipley, case in point, is just one of the places which people should know about: as a popular residential spot and home of the World Heritage Site, the village of Saltaire – it deserves some long-awaited praise.

If you are one of the many Shipley singles thinking of asking out one of your free to review matches, there are many things to enjoy doing in your local area. Here’s a quick guide to two of the best Shipley dating ideas!


As Shipley’s crown jewel, Saltaire is the number one place to go on a date. A Victorian ‘model’ village, it was first built by Sir Titus Salt as a way of housing the workers from his Alpaca wool mill. In contrast to the dank and desolate slums of nearby Bradford, Saltaire’s stone houses and purpose-built facilities were incredibly attractive as well as practical. Today, protected by UNESCO, the village has been beautifully preserved and remains an example of fine Victorian planning. 

With a mix of antique shops, old houses and great little eateries, a day out in Saltaire would be wonderful, but for a great Shipley dating experience, make sure you head to Salts Mill: an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex all-in-one - housed inside the former working mill. If one of your matches is an art lover, the exhibitions on local painter David Hockney will undoubtedly appeal. Alternatively, a meal in one of the Mill’s restaurants would be the perfect way to while away the hours getting to know one another.

Shipley Glen

If you’d prefer to really get away from it all, consider a free dating idea and a visit to local beauty spot Shipley Glen. Situated just below Baildon Moor, this stretch of heathland has been popular with walkers and ramblers for centuries.  To make the most of the views, be sure to take a trip on the Shipley Glen Tramway; a quaint little funicular train, it starts from Saltaire Park up to the top of the Glen where you can enjoy a quiet drink at the tea room or pub in Prod Lane. With its old fashioned charm, a day out here would be the perfect way to experience Shipley dating.

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