The city is 9 miles west of
The city is also the administrative centre of a large metropolitan area extending many miles beyond the city itself and including Pennine moorland, Ilkley Moor, parts of Wharfedale and Airedale and the Worth Valley. There are many separate villages and towns, including
Until the end of the 18th century, Bradford was a small rural market town with farming and cottage industry spinning and weaving among its biggest activities. It experienced rapid growth in the 19th century when it became a major centre for woollen textile manufacturing.
The city has become well-known for its increasing ethnic diversity over the last 200 years. In the 19th century this included Irish and Jewish immigration, after World War II there were settlers from Poland and the Ukraine, and in the latter part of the 20th century there were arrivals from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
The city now has more than 90 mosques, including the Al-Jamia Suffa-Tul-Islam Grand Mosque, or Bradford Grand Mosque, in Horton Park Avenue.
For 50 years Bradford has had an Ice Arena at Little Horton Lane, providing the city and further afield with a venue for public skating, ice hockey and syncronised skating.
Since 1983, the city has been the location of the National Media Museum, originally called the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television.
Adjacent to the City Hall is City Park, a regenerated area with lake and fountains providing a modern focal point for the city.
Bradford has a Post Offices at Sunbridge Road and The Broadway and sub-post offices in its districts.
The city has a range of banks and building societies and it is also the location of the headquarters of the Yorkshire Building Society, which has its roots in Huddersfield and Bradford.
Bradford has many pharmacies in its city centre and in its districts.
Nightlife in Bradford has seen something of a revival in recent times with the opening of new bars and pubs while in the districts there are still friendly locals to be found.
It is not without good reason the Bradford has been named Curry Capital of Britain for five consecutive years. Bradford is celebrated for its award-winning asian cuisine.
Bradford ceased to be linked to waterways in 1922 when the Bradford Canal linking the city to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Shipley was closed. There are still, however some remains of the canal, which first opened in 1774.
Dozens of parks provide green lungs in and around the Bradford area. The city's largest parks include Lister Park in the Manningham area, which gained Britain's Best Park award in 2006; Peel Park, in the Undercliffe area; Bowling Park, which offers views over the city from between West Bowling and East Bowling; and Horton Park, about one mile south-west of the city centre.
Stott HillInitially the parish church of Bradford, its oldest parts date from 1458, but the parish history can trace earlier churches. The church became a cathedral in 1919 when a new diocese of Bradford was separated from that of Ripon. Major extensions and alterations were made to the cathedral in the 1950s.
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Morley StreetClose to the city centre and a premier touring venue for West End and other shows, the theatre offers ballet, musicals, opera, variety, comedy and drama. The Alhambra also has a reputation for Yorkshire's biggest pantomime. Adjacent to the Alhambra, The Studio is an adaptable small theatre and rehearsal space.
St George's Hall
Bridge StreetBradford's grand historic concert hall, first opened in 1853, reopened early in 2019 after three years of major renovation work.
Bradford City'The Bantams' play at Valley Parade, the Coral Windows Stadium
Bradford City official website.
Bradford BullsBradford Bulls play rugby league at The Provident Stadium, Odsal. The Bulls' women's team were 2017 Women's Super League leaders and winners of the first ever Women's Grand Final.
Bradford Bulls official website.
University of Bradford
City Campus, Richmond Road, and Emm Lane CampusFounded in 1966, the University of Bradford has its main campus at Richmond Road just over half a mile to the west of the city centre. Its faculty of management and law is based at a parkland campus at Emm Lane around two miles north north west of the city centre.
More details at the
University of Bradford website.
National Science and Media MuseumPictureville, Little Horton Lane,
The museum near the city centre has galleries on seven floors and three cinemas, including Yorkshire's biggest IMAX screen. Galleries include Wonderlab, which features fun interactive experimentation with light and sound, there's a games lounge featuring retro computer games, hands-on experience of the development of television, a gallery on the history of photography, original models from Wallace and Gromit and Morph in the animation gallery, the chance to discover old films and rare TV programmes and a gallery on the impact of the internet. There are also changing media-related exhibitions. The museum is closed by 6pm each day, but its cinemas are open into the evening.
More details at the
Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Road, EccleshillThe museum is housed in a Victorian worsted spinning mill, Moorside Mill, in Eccleshill, about 2 miles north east of the city centre. It has textile and engineering exhibits and displays of steam power, motor vehicles and printing machinery.
Further details at the
Bradford Industrial Museum website.
Bradford Police Museum
City HallAt the site of what was Bradford's police station for 100 years, the museum has a vast range of memorabilia from the city's policing history and guided tours of the original police station cells and a preserved Victorian court room.
More information at the
Bradford Police Museum website.
Places to visit
Bowling Hall RoadAbout 1 mile south of Bradford, Bolling Hall is one of the city's oldest buildings with its earliest parts dating from the 14th century. The manor house has a rich history and has rooms furnished to represent many of the periods in its life.
More information at the
Bradford Museums - Bolling Hall website.
About 4 miles north-north-west of Bradford,
Bradford Forster Square station
Forster SquareBradford Forster Square, to the north of the city centre, offers local trains to
Managed by: Northern.
Operator/s: Northern - LNER
Bradford Interchange station
Bridge StreetBradford Interchange, to the south of the city centre, offers local trains to
Managed by: Northern.
Operator/s: Northern - Grand Central -
Bridge StreetMost buses in Bradford and all inter-town services operate into Bradford Interchange, which is also the location of one of the city's two stations. A few local services not calling at the Interchange have stops at Hall Ings or Market Street.
Road travelBradford ring road is linked by the M606 motorway to the M62 which provides for east-west journeys across West Yorkshire and a route towards the M1. It also often provides a faster but less direct route to other big towns and cities in West Yorkshire.
Leeds Bradford Airport
YeadonOffers national, European and international flights around 6 miles north east of Bradford city centre (8 miles by road).
737 and 747 buses run from Bradford Interchange to the airport in about 50 minutes.
Further details on our
More information at
Leeds Bradford Airport website.
The HS2 effect
BradfordHS2 would potentially cut 41 minutes from the fastest journeys to London from the city if catching the fastest train to Leeds and finding a perfectly timed connection there. It would, however, involve taking the standard service to Leeds and changing platforms, whereas direct services to London are available from Bradford stations at present.
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Metropolitan district councilCity of Bradford
The City of Bradford authority covers an area extending many miles beyond the city itself, including areas of moorland of The Pennines and Ilkley Moor, parts of Wharfedale and Airedale and the Worth Valley.
The area includes many separate small towns and villages, among them
Councillors are elected across 30 wards with three councillors per ward.
One councillor per ward is elected for a four-year term on each of three years out of four.
The political composition after the May 2019 election is:
County strategic authorityWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield - which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous City of York council and unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Fire AuthorityWest Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Ceremonial countyWest Yorkshire
HistoricMunicipal borough 1847-1889
County borough 1889-1974 (within the West Riding of Yorkshire)
City charter from 1897