Bradford’s Architectural Legacy: A Journey Through History

A rich architectural legacy

You can’t help but be impressed by Bradford’s industrial heritage with its spectacular Victorian architecture rising up above the city. Explore Little Germany and view the wealth once generated when the city was known as Wool Capital of the world! With 55 listed buildings it may take a while to take it all in.

Bradford’s Grade I listed City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The clock tower rises an amazing 220 feet above the skyline and has thirteen bells. By simply walking the streets of the city you will be fascinated by the rich history and grandeur so make sure you take your time.

Where better to start than 500 year old Bradford Cathedral, situated on the edge of the city’s historical heart. A few steps more and you’ll reach Little Germany, named after the 19th Century European merchants who came here. And there’s more Victorian architecture to admire in the form of the Grade I listed Wool Exchange.

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Located just a mile outside the city centre, at Bolling Hall you’ll discover the lives and times of the Bradford families who called it home for over 500 years. Every nook and cranny is packed with history through the centuries, including Cromwell’s Death Mask. But can you spot the White Lady in the Ghost Room?

Bradford Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme.

On Film

Bradford was recently used as a is a location used for the filming of All Creatures Great and Small, for more information on other locations go to

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