The jewel in Bradford’s crown is probably the National Media Museum, most visited museum outside London, and incorporating three cinemas.
Alongside this collection from film and television, Bradford houses several traditional art galleries, including a large David Hockney collection. A thriving festival scene welcomes visitors throughout the year, and includes events celebrating film and literature. Bradford Mela is an old established Asian festival, showcases all aspects of their colourful culture, and welcomes visitors annually to enjoy the celebrations with the locals. The strong Asian culture is reflected in the restaurant scene also, with a huge number of curry houses to choose from.
One of Bradford’s attractions is its ethnic diversity as showcased in the Mela, and visitors can enjoy more of this wandering amongst the wide variety of religious buildings around the city. Historically Bradford has many excellent Victorian buildings, and the cemetery at Undercliffe is worth a visit to view the amazingly ornate headstones. Bradford has many parks and gardens for a relaxing afternoon walking, and there is a boating lake for the slightly more energetic visitor. The city is also well-placed as a base for those tourists wishing to visit Ilkley Moor, Haworth, and the beautiful countryside around.
National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ (0844) 856 3797
Showcasing a fantastic archive of photography, film, television and new media; the National Media Museum also contains three cinemas as well as the BBC’s Bradford radio, TV and online studio.
Entry is free and the museum is open Tuesdays through to Sunday.
Bolling Hall, Bolling Hall Road, Bradford BD4 7LP (01274) 431814
Home to two of Bradford’s former land-owning families, Bolling Hall is packed with history, character and furniture!
The permanent exhibition includes bedrooms decorated according to period, such as 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. Oliver Cromwell’s death mask is also displayed.
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford BD9 4NS (01274) 431212
Cartwright Hall contains four permanent galleries displaying collections from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Set in the magnificent grounds of Lister Park, the Gallery also runs a programme of free activities.