Bradford

Situated near the great industrial cities of Leeds and Huddersfield, Bradford is a diverse, cosmopolitan city with plenty to offer visitors. Enjoy the city’s grand Victorian structures, incredible art galleries, and fantastic restaurants, or venture out of town for an invigorating walk across the same brooding moors that inspired the Brontë sisters. Bradford offers a heavy mix of rich heritage and stunning countryside, alongside a city filled with an incredibly varied mix of cultures and languages.

With two Best Western hotels based in the city of Bradford and many more within easy reach, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to picking a place to stay. So if you’re looking for somewhere in the heart of the action or an idyllic countryside retreat, we’ve got you covered.

Image of pond in the middle of Bradford

Things to do in Bradford

Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, feel inspired by the area’s famous artists and writers, or enjoy some delicious local cuisine, Bradford has a huge range of exciting things to do. And whatever you choose, you’re sure to receive a warm Yorkshire welcome.

  • City Park: This fantastic public space has won multiple awards, and for good reason – the park’s stunning Mirror Pool is the largest water feature in the UK and well worth a visit.
  • Bradford Industrial Museum: Housed in an old Victorian mill, this museum provides a fascinating insight into life during the Industrial Revolution, complete with textile machinery and workers’ cottages.
  • Brontë Parsonage Museum: Home of the famous Brontë sisters and based beside the moors that inspired their writing, this historic Haworth parsonage is sure to appeal to would-be authors and history buffs alike. 

Colourful material available in Bradford

Shopping in Bradford

In Bradford you really can shop until you drop. Whether you want to explore the city’s independent offerings or high street favourites, this city has it all. For something different, don’t miss Saltaire’s boutiques, markets and vintage shops.      

  • The Broadway: Located in the heart of the city, this is Bradford’s newest shopping centre. And with over 70 shops, cafes and restaurants under one roof, it’s the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy.
  • Kirkgate Shopping Centre: This two-level shopping centre comes with over 650 parking spaces and an array of shops, from high street fashion to department stores.

  • Bombay Stores: Established in 1967, this is the UK’s largest Asian department store and a pioneer of Indian fashion – a true Aladdin’s cave.

An image of the outside of the National media museum in Bradford

Culture and nightlife in Bradford

If you want a night out, look no further than the popular North Parade area – it really is the place to be. And with the Bradford area being home to some pretty famous residents - including the Brontë sisters - there’s plenty of creative inspiration to soak up.

  • The Alhambra Theatre: The jewel in Bradford’s crown, this stunning theatre was built in 1914 and hosts a variety of entertainment from ballet to musicals.  
  • National Media Museum: In 2009, Bradford was declared the world’s first UNESCO City of Film – this museum is dedicated to film, TV, photography and video gaming, and houses Britain’s first IMAX screen.
  • The Sparrow Bier Café: If you can’t get enough of Bradford’s beer scene, head here – it was featured in the Guardian as one of the UK’s top 10 craft beer bars.
 

Chicken korma curry with rice and naan bread

Eating and drinking in Bradford

Known as the Curry Capital of Britain, Bradford is home to over 200 Asian restaurants, one of which – Prashad – reached the final of Ramsey’s Best Restaurant on Channel 4. But the city is famous for more than just curry – Bradford is playing a key role in the UK’s real ale revolution.

  • The International: For a taste of some of the city’s famous curry, head to The International, where you can enjoy this delicious cuisine in the heart of the city.

  • The Box Tree: Just half an hour’s drive from the city centre, this Michelin Star restaurant serves French-inspired fine dining, perfect for a special occasion.
  • The Beer House: Take part in Bradford’s real ale revolution and enjoy a wide selection of craft beers, Yorkshire cask ales and tasty home-cooked pub grub made from local produce.

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