Discover Things To Do In Bradford

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About Bradford

There is no place like Bradford. It is a unique and vibrant city which offers distinctive and diverse tourism experiences, whether you are a single adult traveller, a couple, or a family with children, and whether you're a new visitor or someone making a return trip to explore further. You will find plenty of ideas and inspiration on the latest sightseeing opportunities and things to do in Bradford, from seasonal events for the festive period to the restaurants, walking trails, parks and other leisure activities that can be enjoyed all year round. The paragraphs below have all the details that travellers need to enjoy their choice of all the events and attractions to be enjoyed in Bradford - take a look!

Featured Trails

Get out and explore the best parts of Bradford on the family-fun trails below:

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Upcoming Things to do in Bradford

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Things To Do in Bradford Year-Round

Hikes & Walks around Bradford

The countryside around Bradford, including the nearby River Aire is a hotbed for hiking and walking in the north of England, and (when the weather is co-operating) is a great place to take some stunning landscape and nature photos too!

The Foodie Scene in Bradford

No trip to Bradford can be considered complete unless some time is dedicated to the city's food scene. From high-status restaurants to trendy caf├ęs and bars, and of course a raft of 'local legend' takeaways and smaller establishments that for many serve as the 'if you know, you know' diamonds in the rough of Bradford's gastronomic offering. Whatever cuisine, venue type, dining experience or price point you might be looking for though, such is the diversity on offer in Bradford that you're sure to find something that hits the spot with no trouble at all!

Museums in Bradford

Bradford is home to a wide range of museums covering a wide range of topics - from. There's the National Science and Media Museum - set to become even more important in the run-up to Bradford's term as UK City of Culture in 2025, which already details Bradford's important place in the history of British TV and film-making. (and which is home to the UK's first IMAX cinema), to. And alongside that you will also find more 'traditional' curations covering the city's history and background to, and more specialised exhibitions, such as the Bradford Police Museum or the Peace Museum. One thing's for sure though, Bradford's museums are a great way to learn about the city itself, as well as many interesting topics related to it!

Shopping in Bradford

Bradford is the perfect destination if you're looking to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. No matter the kind of shopping experience that you're looking for, this city delivers. If you're looking for a combined shopping and entertainment experience then The Broadway is the place to go, with plenty of food and drink options and even a cinema to go alongside a wide range of big-name stores. If you fancy some bargain hunting then the stalls of Oastler Shopping Centre might be more your thing, while throughout the year Tong Garden Centre has plenty to offer. In the summer it's the perfect place to find everything you need to keep your garden in great shape, while over the festive period you'll find a fine selection of festive activities, decorations, trees, and gift ideas.

Children's activities in Bradford

Families will have no trouble keeping the kids occupied in Bradford - there's an activity for kids of all ages in the city, from inflatable and soft play areas to climbing, laser tag and everything in-between.

Theatres in Bradford

When it comes to TV and cinema, Bradford boasts an offering that can rival the West End. From Pictureville at the National Science and Media Museum to The Light at The Broadway, those interested in big-screen cinematic experiences will have plenty to keep them occupied. However, Bradford also caters handsomely to those looking to enjoy live stage productions too, with two theatres - Bradford Playhouse and The Alhambra Theatre - in town as well.

Sports in Bradford

If you're into sports then Bradford again is a great place to indulge that interest, with two professional sports teams in town. The Bradford Bulls Rugby League team - previously known as Bradford Northern - have a long and storied history in the sport. As you might expect for a city of this size, Bradford also has a professional football team - Bradford City, who currently play in League Two. However, those with a preference for the non-league game are also well taken care of, thanks to National League North side Bradford Park Avenue.

Historically Significant Buildings / Architecture in Bradford

As a key city in northern England with a rich history, Bradford has it's fair share of historically significant buildings too. For instance we could point to Bradford Cathedral - home to a celebrated traditional Christmas concert by the Black Dyke Band over the holidays - or Cartwright Hall, today an Art gallery which itself stands as the centrepiece of Lister Park, an urban greenspace a stone's throw from the beating heart of Bradford. A little further afield (but still within easy reach) you'll also find Salts Mill. Today this too is a fixture in the local arts scene, but it is also hugely significant historically. Salts Mill itself is a grade-II listed building, and it is the reason the village of Saltaire - today a UNESCO world heritage site in it's own right - was built.

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Did you know?

Bradford was once known as the wool capital of the world.

Bradford is the world's first ever UNESCO City of Film, and also boasts an IMAX cinema too.

Alongside Leeds, Bradford is one half of the UK's 4th largest population centre, with a combined total of more than 1.9 million inhabitants.

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