Cradled by the Pennine mountains, bustling Bradford is the UK’s fourth-largest city with a vibrant, international culture
For such a large city, Bradford has a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere. The city centre is set around a spacious green park, which features the country’s largest urban fountain and a stunning mirror pool. By night, the lights surrounding the 100-foot fountain light up the amazing gothic City Hall and iconic clock tower.
Bradford was a booming city during the industrial revolution and the legacy of that period has left enduring marks on the landscape: canals snaking across the countryside and majestic mills where workers once flocked. The beautiful Victorian buildings that line Bradford’s streets have been used as the backdrop for over 100 period dramas, movies and TV shows. It has even been recognised as UNESCO’s first ‘City of Film’. Pay a visit to the National Media Museum to delve deeper into the city’s life on screen.
But it’s not just film that this lively city is famous for. Its dedication to international cuisine means that Bradford has scooped the award for ‘Britain’s Curry Capital’ for the past four years. So whatever your taste, you can’t miss the chance to sample some of the tastiest curries in one of Bradford’s 200 Asian restaurants.
The city has a thriving nightlife too. Enjoy a dramatic performance at the Alhambra Theatre, while underground theatre flourishes in the Bradford Playhouse. For the best bars and clubs, the streets of Little Germany are student hotspots or you can find quirky, hipster hangouts in the North Parade area.