Visit Bradford and district – Bradford is a city steeped in heritage, brimming with culture and is bidding to become UK City of Culture for 2025
The city centre is home to the fabulous and free National Science and Media Museum. Also look out for Impressions Gallery, situated overlooking City Park, the gallery presents an inspiring programme of free exhibitions. A compact city centre, that is easy to cover by foot, take time to stroll around the listed buildings of Little Germany, or enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Bradford Cathedral. Bradford also has plenty of choice when it comes to shopping, food and drink and a thriving cultural scene with venues such as The Alhambra Theatre, St George’s Hall and Kala Sangam offering a fantastic programme of live events.
Walk in the Footsteps of the Brontës
Take a walk from Haworth to the ruins of Top Withens, and experience the inspirational spots where the famous sisters wrote.
Explore Free Museums
Bradford Industrial Museum, Bolling Hall and Cliffe Castle Museum combine to bring you the story of Bradford from prehistoric times to the present day.
Pack a Picnic
The scenic River Wharfe passes through the heart of Ilkley, where better than the Riverside Gardens to enjoy a relaxing picnic followed by a refreshing paddle.
Salts Mill is home to one of the largest collections of works by David Hockney whilst Cartwright Hall contains works spanning his career in a dedicated permanent gallery.
The picturesque town of Ilkley is characterised by Victorian architecture with wide streets and floral displays, the ideal place to relax and treat yourself. There are excellent restaurants and independent shops selling everything from gifts to vintage clothes and books. Enjoy afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Café and Tea Rooms, relaxing strolls along the riverbank and some stunning walks in the surrounding moorland.
Ilkley is incredibly popular with walkers and cyclists thanks to its stunning scenery and challenging terrain. The town is famous for its moor and its song ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht’at’ head to the Cow and Calf Rocks for spectacular views over Ilkley and beyond.
Haworth and Brontë Country
With its steep cobbled Main Street, historic Brontë Parsonage Museum and epic rolling moors, the picturesque village of Haworth has a very special vintage charm.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs from Keighley to Oxenhope, board a vintage steam train and enjoy a five mile journey through beautiful Brontë Country. Don’t miss Rail Story located at Ingrow Station, where you can explore the Carriage Works and Engine Shed.
Cliffe Castle Museum and Park is a former mansion house, now a large museum with a wide variety of displays. The park has been recently restored and includes beautiful Victorian glasshouses. Nearby National Trust, East Riddlesden Hall, is a 17th century manor house with intimate gardens and lots of natural play areas for families to enjoy.
Saltaire takes its name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire, which runs through the village. Saltaire was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, and is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary with a varied programme of events.
There is world class art on display at Salts Mill, plus dining and shopping across three inspiring floors. Take time to explore the historic village which has a surprisingly varied retail and dining offer with boutique shops and independent cafes and bars.
Roberts Park is the place to bring a picnic and play, and from here it’s a short stroll to the historic Shipley Glen Tramway which will whisk you up the hill to Shipley Glen to explore the surrounding countryside.
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