Visit Bradford - West Yorkshire's City of Culture

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, a centre of Victorian heritage and the curry Capital of Britain. This culturally diverse city has a vitality that grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. And it just keeps getting better.

Discover Bradford

Some highlights include the National Science and Media Museum and Cartwright Hall, which is home to historic art – it isn’t hard to see why Bradford was recently selected the UK’s City of Culture for 2025. Take a stroll through the picturesque Lister Park or check out this page on things to do in Bradford. Bradford is not just a city, it’s an experience waiting to be discovered. Visiting? Make sure you check the weather forecast in Bradford.


Staying in Bradford

Also see our dedicated Bradford apartments, hotels pages. and Bradford B&Bs.

Picture of Stunning 2 Bed apartment close to city centre

Stunning 2 Bed apartment close to city centre

Bradford, BD3 8DS, United Kingdom

The Coach House

Bradford, BD13 3QA, United Kingdom

Ramblers Cottage

Bradford, BD13 3SJ, United Kingdom

Moscow Mews

Bradford, BD13 3SQ, United Kingdom

Moorside Cottage

Oxenhope, BD22 9RD, United Kingdom

Mischa Cottage

Bradford, BD13 3SZ, United Kingdom

Lovely 2 Bed apartment close to city centre

Bradford, BD3 8DS, United Kingdom

Green Clough Farm

Bradford, BD13 3SX, United Kingdom

Fantastic 2 Bed Apartment close to Bradford Centre

Bradford, BD3 8DS, United Kingdom

Events in Bradford

Events scheduled to take place in Bradford in the coming weeks – for more Bradford events, click here:

Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt at St Georges Hall, Bradford, Bradford

Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JS

Date & Time:

September 28th, 2024 7:30pm

Sanctum Sanctorium – the Darkside of the 80s at Nightrain, Bradford

7-19 Queensgate, Bradford, BD1 1RB

Date & Time:

November 16th, 2024 7:00pm

Platform Bar Sessions W/ Herorangecoat // Lilian at The Underground, Bradford

9 Duke Street, Bradford, BD1 3QR

Date & Time:

July 18th, 2024 8:30pm

Legends of the Dance Floor at St Georges Hall, Bradford, Bradford

Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JS

Date & Time:

October 9th, 2024 7:30pm

Alien Ant Farm + Cky Co-Headline Show at Nightrain, Bradford

7-19 Queensgate, Bradford, BD1 1RB

Date & Time:

November 22nd, 2024 7:00pm

Ultimate Leppard at Nightrain, Bradford

7-19 Queensgate, Bradford, BD1 1RB

Date & Time:

April 26th, 2025 8:00pm

Pictures of Bradford

The gallery below shows a range of images shot in and around the city of Bradford.


Latest Inspiration

Below are the most recent three items of news from Yorkshire.com which have been marked with Bradford as the location.


Bradford on the Map

Bradford is accessible by road, rail and air, with Leeds Bradford airport a short distance away.

Bradford is immediately to the west of Leeds, and to the north of Huddersfield. To the east you will find the Bronte country around Haworth and due north you’ll go through Shipley, before entering Wharfedale towns like Ilkley and Otley.


Bradford FAQ’s

What Bradford is famous for?

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, having long been home to the National Science and Media Museum, the country’s largest visitor attraction dedicated to photography, broadcast media and the internet. It’s also regarded as a “capital of curry” – the city is famous for having a lot of fantastic food from around the world.

What is the population of Bradford, West Yorkshire?

As of the last census in 2011, the population of Bradford was approximately 522,452. However, this number is likely to have increased in recent years.


Bradford Fact Pack

  1. Bradford is a city located in West Yorkshire, England.
  2. It is the fourth largest metropolitan district in the UK, covering an area of 63.83 square miles.
  3. The city became a municipal borough in 1847 and received its charter as a city in 1897.
  4. Bradford was once known as the wool capital of the world, with a long history in the textile industry.
  5. The city is home to the National Science and Media Museum, which is one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London.
  6. Bradford has been recognized as a UNESCO City of Film due to its rich film heritage and its efforts to promote film and television production.
  7. The city has a diverse population, with a large South Asian community.
  8. Bradford City Park, with its mirror pool and 100 fountains, is one of the city’s key attractions.
  9. The city is home to the University of Bradford, which was established in 1966.
  10. Bradford has a significant amount of listed Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.
  11. Bradford is situated in the foothills of the Pennines, a range of hills and mountains that runs through Northern England.
  12. The city has a rich history, dating back to the Roman era, and has been inhabited by the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Vikings.
  13. Bradford has several notable landmarks, including the City Hall, the Alhambra Theatre, and the St George’s Hall.
  14. Bradford is home to several parks and green spaces, including Lister Park and Peel Park.
  15. Bradford is known for its curry houses and has been dubbed the “Curry Capital of Britain.”
  16. The city is home to the University of Bradford, which was established in 1966 and has over 10,000 students.
  17. Bradford is situated near several other major cities, including Leeds.
  18. Bradford has several shopping centers, including the Broadway Bradford and the Kirkgate Shopping Center.
  19. Bradford is home to several professional sports teams, including Bradford City Football Club and Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club.
  20. The city has several historic churches and cathedrals, including the Bradford Cathedral and the St. Paul’s Church.
  21. Bradford has several canals and waterways, including the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Bradford Beck.
  22. The city has several notable food and drink producers, including Saltaire Brewery and Lishman’s of Ilkley.

Where Next after Bradford?

After visiting the vibrant city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, there are several other key locations nearby that are worth exploring. Leeds, just a short drive away, is a bustling city known for its shopping, nightlife, and rich history, including the Royal Armouries Museum and Kirkstall Abbey. You could also head to the charming town of Harrogate, famous for its Turkish baths and beautiful gardens. Don’t miss out on visiting the historic city of York, with its stunning Minster, ancient city walls, and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Further afield in Yorkshire, you can explore the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, or visit the coastal towns of Whitby and Scarborough. Each of these locations offers a unique taste of what Yorkshire has to offer.

See more: what else West Yorkshire has to offer.

Also be sure to visit the village of Oxenhope.