Bradford, nestled in the heart of West Yorkshire, has become more popular with tourists in recent years. As well as being home to a vibrant shopping scene and a diverse selection of restaurants, cafés and bars, Bradford boasts several historical highlights.
Bag yourself a cheap car share to get to Bradford on a budget. With lifts going from big cities such as Leeds
and even London
, there’s never been a simpler way to save your cash and make some pals along the way. Once you arrive in this part of Yorkshire, prepare to meet some friendly locals and explore our round-up of awesome activities…
The blossoming arts scene
In 2009, Bradford was named the first UNESCO City of Film, and is home to the National Media Museum. This fascinating space has exhibitions not only on the history of film, but on how to create different media and where the industry is headed in the modern world. Even better? It’s free to enter. There’s also the Alhambra Theatre, a Grade II listed building where you can catch the latest touring shows, and the film festival, which takes places every March.
Art-lovers can visit Cartwright Hall Art Gallery for a selection of contemporary works. The gallery is set in the beautiful Lister Park
, which is perfect for strolling around when the sun is shining. There’s also the Salts Mill
, where you can browse plenty of art exhibitions, as well as independent shops and cafés.
History, shopping and scenery
The Bradford Industrial Museum is free to enter, and a fun day out for the whole family. Housed in a former textile mill, you’ll find relics of Bradford’s past on display, with a particular focus on textiles and printing. There’s also Bolling Hall, a well-preserved stately home that tells the story of the families who lived there during the Civil War (look out for the ghost!).
There’s a great shopping scene in Bradford too. The Kirkgate Shopping Centre
lives at the heart of the city, and is home to plenty of familiar brands, as well as an indoor market that sells everything from homewares to fashion. Take some time to explore the serene countryside and rolling hills that surround Bradford too – there really is a reason that the picturesque area was immortalised by the Brontës.