Bradford may be just a 20-minute drive from its neighbouring village of Leeds, but it couldn’t be more different and has its own unique personality. As a big player in the wool trade, the city has attracted a large number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants throughout the 20th century, making the city a multi-cultural melting pot where East meets with West. As well as having some of the best curry houses the UK has to offer, Bradford is also home to some stunning architecture steeped in history and is home to the fantastic National Media Museum. It manages to strike a perfect balance between old and new, which broadens its charm and appeal.
Compact enough to navigate and park in around the city, a hatchback is perfect if you wish to hit the motorways to explore the surrounding areas.
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Important things to note
Bradford is well connected to its neighbouring cities and has plenty of parking options available, most of which you must pay for.
The city is not particularly congested when compared to Leeds; just try avoiding the usual morning and evening rush hours.
One of the best places for parking is at the retail park near Forster Square train station. Spaces tend to be available most times of the day.
Highlights & Hotspots
Saltaire Village is a World Heritage site, which harks back to Victorian times and has a number of attractions to while away a day. Salts Mill houses the work of Bradford born artist David Hockney amongst others. Taking a stroll round Saltaire is like stepping back in time.
Adults and children will all be mesmerized by Bradford’s National Media Museum, which has a number of attractions which change throughout the year. As well documenting media history, the museum has an impressive 3D IMAX cinema and hosts exhibitions for popular TV shows.
If you want to catch a West End show, then head along to the Alhambra Theatre, widely regarded as the North’s premier touring venue. The venue seats up to 1,400 and hosts a variety of different stage acts, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to Miss Saigon to the Northern Ballet Theatre.
Bradford has something to suit all palates, with excellent restaurants offering Russian, Chinese, Thai, and fusion to name but a few. It is mostly famous of course for its curry house, the oldest being Kashmir, which opened in 1958.
Leeds and Bradford Airport is conveniently located just a short drive from Bradford city centre. The airport charters flights to a number of locations around the world and its relatively small size make the whole experience there faster and more efficient than most.
To get there, the best route to take is the A658, which goes straight from the city centre to the airport, which is connected via a link road.