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BRADFORD In the world’s first UNESCO City of Film you will find beautiful architecture, world-class artists, literary greats, outstanding museums and cuisine, all next to the wild and wonderful moors. In fact, Bradford is bidding to be the UK City of Culture 2025.
Left: Bradford City Park and City Hall. Below left to right: Wonderlab at the National Science and Media Museum. The Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor. Salt’s Mill. Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.
ne thing’s for sure, you won’t go hungry or thirsty! Bradford serves up fantastic curry dishes from across the subcontinent, it’s no wonder it held the title of Curry Capital of Britain for six consecutive years. Try the Gujarati cuisine at Prashad or Kashmiri delights from Aagrah. The elegant Restaurant 1914 at the Alhambra Theatre serves excellent food accompanied by unbeatable views of City Park. With the beautiful and rugged backdrop of Ilkley Moor, the nearby town of Ilkley has an enviable location and is bursting with fantastic shops and great places to eat. Try the delightful cakes on offer at Bettys Café Tea Rooms or if the spirit takes you, sip a signature cocktail at The Ticket Office bar. Bradford is home to many breweries and produces an excellent range of real ale. From Timothy Taylor’s and Naylor’s Brewery in Keighley to the artisan gin distillery, Haworth Steam Brewing Co. Cosy pubs in nearby countryside will pull you the perfect pint, The Dog and Gun in Oxenhope and The Fleece Inn in Addingham to name a few. Wander the streets to see the intricate design of City Hall and the welcoming Bradford Cathedral. Discover the neoclassical architecture of Little Germany, the legacy of 19th century European merchants who inhabited the city during the height of the textile industry. Nearby Saltaire, a Victorian industrial village built by the philanthropist Sir Titus Salt, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - just like the Pyramids! At its heart is the imposing Salts Mill, a grand textile mill that is now home to art collections, shops and restaurants.
For a taste of the local history and culture visit Ilkley Manor House which dates back to the 14th century. Today it’s a heritage, learning, creative and leisure quarter for the town. The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth is the home of the famous literary sisters, today it shares fascinating exhibitions of their lives and works. Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley is a local heritage museum where you can explore its Victorian neo-gothic treasures alongside natural history exhibits and Bradford’s haunted Bolling Hall has every nook and cranny packed with history. The Alhambra Theatre and the newly refurbished St George’s Hall presents a variety of the best musicals, dramas and touring music and comedy acts while Kala Sangam an intercultural arts hub have a diverse programme of shows and events. The annual Bradford Literature Festival is a real ‘novelty’ for book fans. Curious minds will enjoy Bradford’s galleries and museums. Located in the city centre, the inspirational National Science and Media Museum allows visitors to explore the impact of image and sound technologies on our lives through interactive and educational exhibitions. The internationally renowned Impressions Gallery is one of the UK’s leading photography galleries. Located in the picturesque Lister Park is Cartwright Hall Art Gallery home to permanent displays including David Hockney as well as visiting exhibitions. Unique and moving, The Peace Museum explores the history and stories of peace while The Bradford Police Museum, provides an insight into the history and heritage of criminal justice in Bradford.