Bradford travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bradford

Bradford is a city of 300,000 in West Yorkshire, close to Leeds and set in the foothills of the Pennines.

The city's population grew rapidly in the 19th century, based on success of its textile mills, which saw Bradford become the wool capital of the world. That heritage can still be seen today, with almost 6,000 listed buildings dating from the period.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bradford

1. Curry!

Bradford has been named as Curry Capital of Britain for five consecutive years; check out the restaurants around the West End, Great Horton, and Leeds Road.

2. Music

The city has a thriving live music scene encompassing everything from indie to opera. Check out the New Beehive Inn and St. Georges' Hall.

3. The Architecture

Bradford's industrial heritage has created a wealth of stunning buildings. Head to Little Germany.

4. The Countryside

The Peak District, Pennines, and Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach.

5. The National Media Museum

This free museum is a gem, celebrating film, TV, and photography.

Top activities & attractions in Bradford

Where to Eat in Bradford

When in Bradford, you really must try the curry houses. Karachi Restaurant is a great budget eatery with mains around £4.50, while Kashmir is the oldest and one of the best curry restaurants in Bradford, with mains around £6.

When to visit Bradford

Bradford in December
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Bradford in December
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Bradford's summers and warm and winters are mild. Rainfall is pretty even throughout the year, so visit anytime!

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How to Get to Bradford


Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is just 8 miles to the northeast. The 737 and 747 buses take you to the city for £3.80.


Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange railway stations have extensive connections to the rest of the UK.


Bradford is easily reached from north or south via the M1 to the east and the M6 to the west.


Megabus and National Express both run services to Bradford from many major British cities.

Airports near Bradford

Airlines serving Bradford

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Where to stay in Bradford

Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel is a good mid-range hotel to the north of the city center, while the ibis Budget Bradford is an excellent low-cost option by the canal in the city center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Bradford

The West End - is convenient for the city center and is home to many of the city's leisure attractions, such as the the National Media Museum. There are some good bars here, including Stein Bier Keller and Tiki-O.

Great Horton - is a great place to experience some of the city's best curry restaurants. Expect bustling streets with some good examples of Victorian architecture.

Saltaire - is a well-preserved former industrial town now within Bradford. Its architecture has placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The former Salts Mill building now contains a splendid gallery dedicated to the works of local artist David Hockney.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bradford

Most booked hotels in Bradford

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa - Skipton
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Hotel Rendezvous
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Holiday Inn Express Bradford City Centre
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The Bradford Hotel
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Campanile Bradford
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How to Get Around Bradford

Public Transportation

West Yorkshire Metro runs an extensive bus network around the city.


Taxis cost £3.25 for the starting fare and then around £2 per mile.


Car rental is widely available from as little as £19 per day; Europcar and Enterprise can be found in town.

The Cost of Living in Bradford

Shopping Streets

The new Broadway shopping mall is good for mainstream shopping, while North Parade is the place to go for smaller, independent shops.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk will cost around £0.84 and a dozen eggs is £1.73.

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