Roberts Park

  • Roberts Park, Higher Coach Road, BD17 7LU
  • Open 24 hours a day all year round
  • Accessibility route
  • Bandstand
  • Café
  • Children's play area
  • River
  • Skate park

Robert's Park, Shipley, United Kingdom

A wonderful park on the banks of the River Aire and part of the Saltaire World Heritage Site.

What’s on

Roberts park has regular bandstand concerts throughout the summer, and hosts part of the Saltaire Festival in September and you might just catch a game a cricket whilst having afternoon teas in the Half Moon Cafe.  Check the calendar for details.

What’s there

Restored in 2010 with  Heritage Lottery Funds  Roberts Park is one of the Districts 6 Green Flag parks. There’s a brilliant new play area and skate park, as well as a beautiful bandstand where concerts are staged throughout the summer months. Come down for a stroll or relax on the grass and soak up the atmosphere of a cricket game.

The Friends of Roberts Park and  Bradford Council work together to maintain and promote the park.

History

Saltaire Park designed by William Gay, was opened to much fanfare on 25th July 1871 on what had formerly been riverside pasture and was the final piece in Sir Titus Salt’s ambition when creating Saltaire, “to do good”.

Originally known as Saltaire Park, the park was bequeathed by the Roberts family to Bradford Corporation in 1920 and subsequently renamed Roberts Park in memory of Sir James Roberts’ son.

Sir James Roberts was a local business man who took over the Salts textile empire. He also donated the statue, depicting Sir Titus Salt, prominent mill owner and founder of Saltaire village as it stands today. In 2001 Saltaire village, including Roberts Park, became inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The park, situated on the north side of the River Aire, is linked to Saltaire village via a footbridge over the River Aire at the bottom of Victoria Road.

A family picnic area and children’s playground are sited at the main entrance. Close by is the park lodge marked by its Italianate design, it sits serenely at the park gates. The lodge is grade 2 listed and was renovated in 2010, courtesy of £3.2m Heritage Lottery funding for the parks restoration. Three beautifully restored shelters overlook the eastern, western and northern aspects. Central to the park is the newly constructed bandstand located along a tree lined promenade with access to the Half Moon Pavilion. The popular Half Moon Café is located beneath the pavilion. Here visitors can relax, take in the beautiful setting and enjoy the panoramic views of the cricket ground.

Saltaire Cricket Club sits within the 5.5 hectares of park ground and takes up approximately a quarter of the park. Founded in 1869, it still has an active membership today.

The park hosts many popular events throughout the year. These are advertised on the notice board outside the lodge and at www.bradforddistrictparks.org or roberts-park.org

Natural History

A spring visit to Roberts Park will see the Magnolia lined promenade in full flower with mature Blossom trees straddling the bandstand crowning this kaleidoscope of colour.

Many Happy Returns and Harlow Carr Roses fill the promenade with colour and fragrance along with herbaceous boarders throughout the park in the summer months. This intern encourages insects and pollinators to populate this environment attracting an array of bird life.

Mature trees enhance the heritage value to this landscape while Holly trees, currently under a 10 year heritage maintenance plan, provide an all year round back ground colour to the park.

This quiet corner of Saltaire will provide an ideal breathing space for those wishing to find solace.

 

 

Directions

By car - From Shipley, follow the Otley road (A6038) towards Baildon. Turn left along Green Lane and follow the road as it turns into Coach Road then Higher Coach Road. Roberts Park can be found on the left hand side, free limited time restricted parking is available outside the park entrance. Park post code is BD17 7LU.

By bus - Bus numbers 675, 633 and 679 stop at the park on Coach Road. Bus number 660 stops in Saltaire on the other side of the river - the walk down Victoria Road takes only 5 minutes.

By train - Saltaire railway station is just over the river from Roberts Park. Exiting the station on to Victoria Road turn left downhill and follow the footbridge across the river into the park. Trains from Leeds, Bradford and Skipton stop at Saltaire Station. www.wymetro.com/bustravel/bustimetables/

Accreditations and awards

  • Heritage Lottery Fund