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50 Things to Do in Bradford District

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1. Enjoy the Bradford Imax

Bradford IMAX at the National Media Museum was the first IMAX cinema in Europe and offers the ultimate cinema experience. Choose from Hollywood Blockbusters to 3D Imax films; whatever you choose, you'll be impressed.

2. Be impressed by City Park
City Park is Bradford's high tech water feature located next to Centenary Square. At the heart of City Park is the mirror pool as well as 100 fountains, laser lighting and mist effects. Various events take place here throughout the year.

3. Eat some of the best curry in the UK.
Bradford has been awarded Curry Capital of Britain in 2011 and 2012 and has a well-earned reputation for some of the best Asian restaurants in the country. There are many award winning restaurants to choose from including the Aagrah, Omar Khans, Mumtaz and Aakbars.

4. Admire world class art
Discover one of the world's most famous artists - David Hockney. The 1853 Gallery in Salts Mill, Saltaire, houses one of his largest collections. Saltaire is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Take a guided walk in Saltaire
Learn more about Saltaire UNESCO World Heritage Site's history on a highly entertaining and informative guided walk of the village lead by Maria Glot.

Ilkley Moor

6. Jump on board a steam train

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is an excellent way to travel through Brontë Country. Not only is it one of Yorkshire's only steam railways it's a great day out. Look out for the many events that are held at the railway including the popular Beer and Music Festival and the Santa Trains.

7. Walk on Ilkley Moor
Impressive views of Wharfedale and beyond can be admired from Ilkley Moor. The Moor is home to pre-historic rocks and is rich in wildlife.

8. Feeling brave?
Then jump into the icy cold plunge pool at White Wells, Ilkley Moor. White Wells houses two 18th century plunge baths as well as a café. It's open when the flags are flying!

9. Read the news
Read the news with Hugh Edwards, BBC presenter, be the star of your own show or get behind the camera. The whole family will enjoy the TV Making experience at one of the National Media Museum's hands-on exhibitions.

10. Shop for all things vintage in Saltaire
Saltaire has lots of interesting independent shops, including vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, furniture and collectables. Look out for the regular vintage fairs held in nearby Victoria Hall. Pick up your Saltaire Loyalty Card at the Visitor Information Centre.

Cartwright Hall

11. Spend a night at the theatre

Considered to be the jewel in Bradford crown the magnificent Alhambra Theatre offers the best in West End shows, ballet, musicals, dramas and the annual pantomime. Book your ticket online today www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

12. Enjoy some Real Ale
Bradford district has some fantastic breweries and real ale pubs, so whilst your here relax in a cosy pub and sample of Yorkshire's finest ale.

13. Discover Connect at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Cartwright Hall's latest permanent exhibition is Connect a rich and diverse collection that includes paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, sculpture, stained glass and ceramics and features key works by artists such as David Hockey, L.S Lowry, Joshua Reynolds, Andy Warhol and Bridget Riley.

14. Join in the fun at the Saltaire Festival
The Saltaire Festival is one of Bradford district's most popular events and includes 10 days of live music, exhibitions, family events and markets. 

15. Become a film buff
Watch the best in world cinema at the Bradford Film Festival in March and also don't miss the Bradford Animation Festival in November. 

Undercliffe Cemetery

16. Learn more about the Brontës

The world of Wuthering Heights is brought to life in the famous village of Haworth, as this picturesque village was once home to the literary greats the Brontës. Their home is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which is full of their original possessions as well as a fascinating exhibition about their lives.

17. Shop at the UK's largest Asian department store
Bombay Stores is the UK's largest Asian department store. Luxurious fabrics, Asian fashions, shoes, jewellery, large haberdashery and restaurant make this a day out in itself.

18. Wander through Undercliffe Cemetery
Undercliffe Cemetery is one of the finest Victorian Gothic cemeteries in the UK, full of obelisks, grand columns and statues of angels. Here you will find many of the notable inhabitants of Bradford along with veterans of famous conflicts such as Waterloo and the Crimea.

19. Dine at the Michelin starred Box Tree
The Michelin starred Box Tree in Ilkley is one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants. Go on treat yourself!

20. Learn more about Roman remains in Ilkley
The Manor House Museum in Ilkley stands on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana. Only a short section of defensive wall remains exposed at the back of the building, but Roman artefacts from the fort and surrounding area are on permanent display inside.

Top Withens

21. Celeb spot at the Ilkley literature Festival

The Ilkley Literature Festival attracts some of the best from the world of literature and entertainment. Choose from author's events, discussions, poetry, readings, literary walks and children's events.

22. Admire Little Germany
Bradford's Victorian past is evident in the impressive buildings in the city's Little Germany . German merchants built these imposing buildings to house their goods and many are now listed.

23. Have fun at Bradford Theatres
Bradford Theatres regularly attract some of the best comedy acts currently on the circuit.

24. Discover the inspiration for Wuthering Heights
The ruins of the farmhouse Top Withens on Haworth Moor are thought to have been the inspiration for Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights. There are many connections to the Brontës in Haworth and the surrounding area. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum or Haworth Tourist Information Centre for more information.

25. Get dressed up for 1940s Weekend
1940s Weekend is a spectacular celebration of the 1940s. Get dressed up in 40's attire, dance the night away at one of the dances and enjoy live music at one of Haworth's most popular events.

Bradford Cathedral

26. Visit East Riddlesden Hall

East Riddlesden Hall is a beautiful 17th century manor house and is an ideal place for a family day out with its impressive gardens, play area and children's events.

27. Discover Bradford Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral is the city's oldest place of worship and has a fascinating history. The Cathedral is a beautiful building and has many interesting features including twelve stained glass windows designed by William Morris. A varied programme of cultural events, performances and exhibitions are also available.

28. Shop in Main Street, Haworth
Haworth's Main Street is a shopper's paradise with its many independent shops selling fresh local produce, gifts and clothes. There are plenty of pubs and cafes nearby to rest weary feet.

29. Rock climb on Ilkley Moor
Ilkley has some of the best grit stone bouldering territory in the country and the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor are just one of the places to try.

30. Discover the best, the rarest and the most extraordinary films and TV
Watch  some of the best films and TV at your own personal viewing station.  Choose from 2500 titles and watch them for free at the National Media Museum in the BFI Mediatheque.

Saltaire United Reformed Church

31. Take a stroll through Middleton Woods

It's best to visit Middleton Woods in May when the forest floor is awash with pretty bluebells. Ilkley Visitor Information Centre has walking routes, which cover this beautiful part of Ilkley.

32. Spend an afternoon in Salts Mill
Salts Mill has lots to offer: One of the largest collections of David Hockney's works, lots of independent shops and several cafes and restaurants, all in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire.

33. Admire Saltaire United Reformed Church
Saltaire United Reformed Church is a spectacular Grade 1 listed building and is a unique example of Italianate religious architecture. Built by Sir Titus Salt it is a focal point of the village, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

34. Enjoy a Victorian Christmas
The village of Haworth is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas. Every weekend from mid November the village celebrates Christmas with six weekends of Victorian Christmas events. Join the torchlight parade or watch the tradition of scroggling the holly.

35. Shop for delicious Yorkshire produce
Delicious Yorkshire produce can be purchased at one of the many local produce markets held once a month. Alternatively visit the Kirkgate Market in Bradford City Centre for clothes, jewellery and cafes.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

36. Enjoy a night out in Bradford's West End

Bars, restaurants, clubs and the Alhambra Theatre can all be found in Bradford's West End, the city's liveliest quarter.

37. Visit Keighley's transport museums
The town of Keighley has an array of transport museums, which include the popular Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Keighley Bus Museum, the Museum of Rail Travel and the Ingrow Loco.

38. Choose to eat in Shipley
Whatever your taste you'll find it in Shipley a town full of fantastic restaurants. Try the award winning Aagrah or enjoy Thai cuisine at Thai Fever or even Spanish Tapas at the Tapas Tree.

39. Visit the National Media Museum's Life Online Gallery
Discover the National Media Museum's gallery, the Life Online Gallery, the first of its kind to explore the role of the internet.

40. Enjoy a drink in Branwell Brontë's local
Branwell Brontë the brother of Anne, Emily and Charlotte was well known in the Black Bull a pub he would regularly frequent. Enjoy a drink in the pub and see Branwell's chair. There are lots of other pubs nearby if you fancy making a night of it!

 

Inside Apothecary

41. Step back in time to an old apothecary shop

The Old Apothecary in Haworth is a fascinating place full of old-world remedies, antique chemist bottles and all kinds of aromatic bath mixtures.

42. Join a guided walk
Bradford Council's countryside runs a programme of guided walks throughout the year covering walks for all abilities. The walk leaders are very knowledgeable and the walks are a great way to meet new people and learn more about Bradford's countryside. www.visitbradford.com/countryside-outdoors.

43. Eat a Fat Rascal at Bettys Café and Tearooms
Bettys Café and Tea Rooms is a Yorkshire institution with its impressive selection of teas, coffees and cakes. Try a Fat Rascal a large bun which is a Bettys speciality.

44. Paint a Pot at Salt Pots Ceramic Studio
Salt Pots Ceramic Studio is a new shop in Saltaire that is not just a shop but a place to be creative and paint pottery. Lots of fun for children and adutls alike!

45. Swim and sunbathe at the Ilkley Lido
The Ilkley Lido was built in 1935 and is one of the only remaining Lidos in Yorkshire. It's the perfect place to spend a hot summer's day.

Wool Exchange

46. Visit Haworth Parish Church and graveyard

The famous literary family, the Brontës once lived in Haworth and they are buried in Haworth Parish Church, with the exception of Anne. The graveyard is a fascinating place full of atmosphere and history.

47. Explore the countryside
Bradford is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there are many different walks to be discovered for all abilities. Visit one of the Tourist Information Centres for more routes or download walking routes.

48. Follow the heritage trail
Bradford has an impressive history and the city centre is full of striking Victorian architecture. Download the heritage trail learn more about Bradford's past.

49. Visit Impressions Gallery
Impressions Gallery is one of the leading independent venues for photography. With an exciting programme of talks and events, a specialist bookshop and frequently changing exhibitions, there's always something new to do.

50. Be impressed by Bingley Five Rise Locks
Bingley Five-rise lock staircase is the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total fall of 60 feet.

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