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1. History of Bradford
At the beginning of the 19th century, Bradford was a rural market town of wool spinners and cloth weavers. This trade grew and by the mid-19th century it had become the wool capital of the world, turning it into a large town. Small buildings were replaced with large Victorian buildings and Bradford gained its city status in 1897.The Victorian village of Saltaire is a World Heri...Read more
2. Now in Bradford
Bradford has been given the title of UNESCO City of Film due to its facilities for watching films, its film education facilities and its filming locations. Bradford has many award-winning museums and historical sites and buildings as well as modern attractions such as the National Media Museum. Bradford has a thriving Asian community and is home to Bombay Stores, the UK’s lar...Read more
3. Events in Bradford
The annual events calendar in Bradford is full and varied. The Bradford Mela celebrates the Asian community while Bingley Music Festival offers a line-up of big names in indie and pop music. The city has three annual film festivals – Bradford Film Festival, Bite the Mango and the Bradford Animation Festival. The Saltaire Festival takes place every year and the British Science...Read more
4. Attractions in Bradford
World heritage site the Village of Saltaire has Victorian architecture to marvel at and plenty of attractions. The original mill complex of this former industrial village now houses the 1853 Gallery containing collections by Bradford-born artist David Hockney. The Saltaire United Reformed Church is another building popular among visitors. The National Media Museum sits in the h...Read more
5. Things To Do in Bradford
Lister Park won the title of Britain’s Best Park in 2006 and includes the Mughal Water Gardens, a botanical garden, a boating lake and a children’s play area. Bradford has plenty of indoor play centres for children as well as the Bradford Ice Rink and the IMAX cinema and bowling. Bradford claims to have some of the best Asian restaurants in the UK, so many tourists like to ...Read more
6. Business in Bradford
Bradford has engineering, printing and packaging, chemical, financial, banking and export industries. Technology and media industries are also thriving. As well as the UK’s largest Asian department store, Bradford has a huge selection of Asian shops and restaurants to choose from. The two main shopping areas in the city are the Kirkgate Centre and Forster Square Retail Park. ...Read more
7. Transport in Bradford
By road, the M606 brings you within 1.5 miles of the city centre and links with the M1, A1 and M6 via the M62. The two main train stations in Bradford are Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square. These have great links to the rest of the UK. Buses also travel into Bradford Interchange. Leeds Bradford International Airport has national and international flight services.
8. Entertainment in Bradford
The Alhambra Theatre offers big productions from ballet and opera to variety, comedy, musicals and pantomimes. It seats 1,400 people and is popular among touring companies. St George’s Hall seats 1,500 and is a popular venue for big bands and comedians. It also hosts orchestral productions, children’s shows and amateur productions. The Studio is home to Bradford’s comedy ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Bradford
The Bingley Five Rise Locks is a staircase of five locks on the Leeds to Liverpool canal. The locks are 60ft tall.
10. Interesting Facts about Bradford
Parts of the blockbuster film The King’s Speech were filmed in Bradford and many local people were used in crowd scenes alongside inflatable models made by a Bradford company.
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