Bradford town guide
One of the great industrial centres of Yorkshire and once a major centre of the Wollen Industry, Bradford has much to offer the present day visitor.
"Broad ford", which later became known as Bradford, was first settled in Saxon times. By the turn of the 19th century, Bradford was a small, rural market town of 16,000 people, where wool spinning and cloth weaving was carried out in local cottages and farms.
Bradford offers visitors an unparalleled range of attractions. Exciting attractions include the award winning Colour Museum, Bradford Industrial Museum and Horses at Work, the National Museum of Photography Film and Television, the Bronte Parsonage, Salts Mill, the 1853 David Hockney Gallery and much much more.
The city also boasts IMAX, Britain's biggest cinema screen as well as the world's only public cinerama. Bradford's beautiful Edwardian Alhambra theatre hosts the top West-End productions whilst Bradford Playhouse and Film Theatre alternates between 'arthouse' cinema and stage plays.
For walkers, the Bradford District offers tremendous diversity. The rugged moors of Haworth and Ilkley Moor contrast with superb countryside rambles across Bronte Country whilst family walks alongside the Leeds/Liverpool Canal mix leisure and history for a great day out.
The nearby Yorkshire Dales provide a glorious combination of challenge and breathtaking natural beauty that are easily reached by hire car.