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Bradford City Guide

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film due to its rich film heritage and inspirational movie locations. It is a cultural city with many attractions and an impressive history, reflected in the striking architecture found throughout. Be amazed by the multi award winning City Park, which is not only a beautiful water feature but also an arena for a spectacular events programme throughout the year. The Broadway Shopping Centre is the perfect place for meeting with friends and keeping up with the latest trends. Keep an eye out for their fun filled family friendly events and enjoy a ride aboard the Broadway Express!

Bradford city centre is home to The Alhambra Theatre and St George’s Hall both of which are over 100 years old. They offer a complementary mix of west end shows and comedy events. For a more contemporary feel visit the National Media Museum which offers a mixture of high profile exhibitions and interactive galleries. Proud to have once been the wool capital of the world, Bradford boasted pioneers such as Sir Titus Salt who built businesses in the area. The Wool Exchange, built in the 19th century, still shows the wealth and importance wool brought to Bradford through its architecture. Visit Little Germany where you will find a unique collection of 19th century buildings 55 of which are listed!

In 2016 Bradford was named Curry Capital of Britain, for the 6th Year. A Bradford Curry is a must when visiting the city, but Bradford also offers an eclectic mix of traditional and international cuisine. Try one of the buzzing independent real ale bars on North Parade or visit Bradford’s west end. Be wowed by Sunbridge Wells, a maze of fully restored tunnels, which now host a unique shopping, eating and drinking experience in characterful and quirky surroundings. Bradford city centre is packed full of exciting things to do whether you are visiting for a day or longer. So be bold and book a trip today.

Renowned for our rolling hills and rugged moorland, Bradford district is a paradise for walkers and cyclists or to simply escape and enjoy the big blue skies and inspiring views. Depending when you visit, the countryside can be either tranquil and inviting or wild and windswept. The rugged and beautiful Pennine countryside and open spaces are what makes Bradford district picturesque and inviting and home to many fantastic walks taking in spectacular views. One of the best ways to explore is on foot, and as Bradford district has three Walkers are Welcome towns; this proves we really are walker friendly. However if you prefer heading out on two wheels to explore; whether you choose a road bike or mountain bike you won’t be disappointed. You can retrace the greatest sporting event ever to visit Yorkshire – The Tour de France, and follow the route through the district. Alternatively for those of you who prefer to be off road, the Bradford district, and surrounding areas, offers some great opportunities.

The Heritage Tail

Bradford has a rich and fascinating history from Roman remains to Victorian grandeur. Within Bradford you can walk the streets and see the architecture or learn more about Bradford’s history at Bradford Cathedral in Little Germany, Bradford Industrial Museum or the magnificent Bolling Hall a 17th century mansion house. Nearby Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a joy to visit. Saltaire became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its preservation as a Victorian industrial village Today the great mill complex is the key feature of Saltaire and home to quality shops and galleries. In Keighley look out for East Riddlesden Hall, a 17th century manor house and Cliffe Castle Museum originally the spectacular mansion of a local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, now a local history museum. We can’t forget one of the jewels in our crown, Haworth. The Brontë Parsonage was home to the literary sisters and is now Brontë Parsonage Museum, preserved as it would have been in the Brontë’s time, full of their personal possessions and a fascinating exhibition on their lives.

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Cuisine of Bradford

Bradford offers a tempting mix of traditional and international culinary delights, whether it’s real ale or fruity mocktails you are looking for, our restaurants,
cafes, pubs and bars are sure to get your taste buds tingling. The choice of food throughout Bradford district is amazingly varied, from the Michelin starred Box Tree in Ilkley, award winning Terrace in Saltaire to over 200 Asian restaurants. Outside of Bradford, Shipley and Saltaire are getting a name for themselves for the diversity of restaurants. There is everything you could want including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish Tapas and French. You definitely won’t go hungry whilst
out exploring the district. Bradford has a fantastic reputation for curry and our Asian restaurants specialise in all types of curries from Kashmiri and Punjabi to Moghul. The restaurants are proud to serve authentic Asian cuisine, so a Bradford curry is a must when visiting. We are also extremely proud of  our real ale offering being home to numerous breweries. From the renowned Timothy Taylors in Keighley to smaller local breweries including the Bradford Brewery and Brew Factory. There are many great real ale pubs, some of which are situated in the district’s beautiful countryside. Fanny’s Ale & Cider House in Saltaire, The Sparrow in Bradford, The Flying Duck in Ilkley, The Dog and Gun in Oxenhope and Haworth Steam Brewery, just to name a few

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