Bradford is a vibrant and diverse city with a mixture of old and new, and has a lively, multicultural life. The city is rich in heritage and there are lots of historical buildings to visit, and it is an important centre for manufacturing, technology, retail, computing, science and culture. There are many festivals that take place in Bradford which include the Bradford Film Festival, and other cultural events involving dance, music, art and theatre.
Entertainment is Bradford is varied, whether you want music, ballet, opera, drama, or cinema, and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs for many different tastes. For business and trade, there are various conference centres in Bradford including Life Centre Events, which is a large centre that holds conferences and exhibitions, and for air travel, the city is served by Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Bradford Car Hire
Wherever you are in Bradford, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Bradford car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
There are many things that you can do on your visit to Bradford and here is a selection:
This delightful Victorian village was built in the mid 19th century by Sir Titus Salt and includes houses, a dining room, church, mill and a park. The Mill is home to a gallery that has pieces by David Hockney, shops and restaurants. The Mill has Italianate architecture, as does Victoria Hall which is a grand building that also has a Wurlitzer organ to see inside. Saltaire is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and you can explore the village, learn about the history and have a boat trip along the canal.
Bradford Industrial Museum
At this interesting museum you can see lots of industrial exhibits from Bradford’s past, which include a spinning mill with lots of original machinery used for making textiles, steam engines, water wheels, steam roller, trolleybus, vintage cars, printing machinery and there is also a horse drawn tram that you can have a ride on.
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
At this interesting gallery you can see collections including many British works of art dating from the 1800’s to the 1900’s, with many prints by artists such as Goya, Warhol and Hockney. Cartwright Hall is a superb building built in Baroque style and located in Lister Park which also has a lake and beautiful gardens.
Bronte Parsonage Museum
A few miles to the west of Bradford, you can visit this Georgian House in Haworth, now a museum, where the Bronte family lived in for over forty years in the 19th century. The house still has the original furniture and many other items that the Bronte sisters used and lies by lovely moorland.
Visit this splendid Cathedral which was built in the 15th century, and with additions made in the 1900’s. Both the exterior and interior are lovely and it has sculptures, colourful Victorian stained glass windows, and intricate wood carvings and embroidery.
This is a lovely historical building was once used as a fortress for the Royalists in the English Civil War and is now a museum. You can explore the grand rooms and admire the wooden panelling and ornate carvings, and luxurious furniture such as a Chippendale bed.
National Media Museum
In this popular museum you can see interesting media displays including film, television and photographs with exhibits such as cameras from the 1800’s, a range of early photographs and Daleks, and there are interactive exhibits you can get involved with such as filming, news reading or having a go on early games consoles.
Bradford City Hall
You can request a tour around this splendid 19th century building which is Grade I listed. There is a grand dining hall, ornate wooden carving, marble staircase and has a distinctive bell tower where the bells are rung regularly.
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