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Museum, next open Fri 11 Mar - Sat 26 Nov 2016

Bradford Police Museum

Bradford Police Museum


Bradford Police Museum,
City Hall,
Centenary Square,


The Bradford Police museum is located in historical City Hall Bradford and provides an unique insight into the history of policing, criminal justice, civic enforcement and the development of crime and punishment in Bradford from the early 19th century onwards.

The museum is situated on the site of the original 19th Century police station in City Hall which was operational between 1874 and 1974.The museum gallery covers the history of policing from the inception of the Bradford Borough Police force in 1848 right up to the present day.

Visits to the museum include guided tours of the original Victorian cells and court built in 1873 which formed part of the original police station.

Visitors can stand in the police cell that the famous escapologist Harry Houdini escaped from in the early years of the twentieth Century, and then climb up the dock steps to the beautifully preserved Victorian Court room used for filming by TV and film productions including Coronation Street.

Visit the gallery and see Victorian police truncheons, uniforms, swords, weapons, memorabilia, crime scene exhibits and unique photographs covering 150 years of policing in the city.

Much of the collection has never been seen by the public before.

Disabled accessFacilities for groupsGift shopWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsGuided tours mandatorySmoking not allowed

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Fri 11 Mar - Sat 26 Nov 2016 Fri 11:00 to 15:00 | Sat 12:00 to 16:00
Group Tours

Private evening bookings for tour groups are offered subject to availability.
Please contact the museum for details by telephone (01274 510245 mobile 07798 518035) or email:

Large groups who have not booked a group tour and wish to visit during general opening are asked to contact the museum in advance.

There is wheelchair and pushchair access to the gallery and the cells. However due to the existence of steep steps the court room can not be accessed by wheelchairs or pushchairs.

The last guided tour of the cells and court will start 45 minutes before closing.

Due to the restrictive nature of the cells there is a ratio of 1 adult for every 4 children on the cell and court tours. The guided tours are split into groups of no more than 8 people.

Large groups who have not booked a group tour are asked to contact the museum in advance.

Opening times are shown on the museum web site:



Adult £4

Child free

Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) £12

OAP's over 65 £3

Disabled/Carers free



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Map reference: SE 163329  Lat: 53.79231 Long: -1.75328

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Bradford Interchange station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed