When spring arrives, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while observing the newly sprouting trees, blooming flowers, and new life that has sprung up all around you. Bradford District has many Green Flag Parks and woodland areas where you can connect with nature, go for a walk to recharge your batteries and take in the beauty of spring.

Top places to visit in the Bradford district if you're looking for a little Springspiration

St. Ives Estate, Nr. Bingley

St. Ives Estate Country Park

A Breath of Fresh Air

St. Ives Estate near Bingley has easy-to-follow, enjoyable circular trails that are a great way to experience nature in the spring and will lead you to the most picturesque areas of the country park.  It's a beautiful place to get some fresh air, spot wildlife, watch birds, and appreciate trees. Druids’ Altar, the coppice pond, and chainsaw carvings are just some of the interesting features, while the adventure playground with tyre swings, a rope bridge, and climbing towers, will be a hit with children.

Lister Park

Crocus Delight a Real Sign of Spring

Keep an eye out for the first crocuses, snowdrops and other spring flowers at Lister Park. The park is known for its brilliant crocuses, which make it the perfect destination for early spring walks. Discover the Botanical Gardens, a beautiful feature of the park, with a geological trail winding through the park, and the Mughal Water Gardens, a striking garden with Indian architectural styles, cascades and pools that glisten beautifully in the spring sunshine.

Spend the day exploring and visit Cartwright Hall.

Denso Marston Nature Reserve

Hypnotic Sounds of Spring

Visit the 7-acre Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon and experience the spectacle of spring in this urban haven of woodland, meadows and pools with varied wildlife. Admire the lush wildflowers, listen to the soothing birdsong, watch the buzzing insects fly by, enjoy a family day out.  Look for signs of spring with the reserve warden during wildlife walks and workshops.

Bradford Cathedral in the Spring

Bradford Cathedral Grounds

Hidden Oasis in the City

Nestled in the heart of Bradford is Bradford Cathedral, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, set in tranquil grounds. The cathedral has a fascinating history and if you relax in the garden on a spring afternoon, you will discover a stunning mix of beautiful bright flowers, loved by butterflies, bees and visitors alike!

NT East Riddlesden Hall

Get Your Floral Fix at This Picturesque Spot

Discover NT East Riddlesden Hall garden an intimate and peaceful green space. Highlights of the season include the Wild Garden waking up to narcissi, primroses, and cowslips, as well as fragrant spring herb borders bursting with colour.  Enjoy the birdsong as our feathered friends invite you to sit and stop for a few minutes to listen to their soft melodies. Meander through the nearby fields and meadows to see the landscape come into bloom. Get connected with nature, the River Aire gives you the opportunity to spot Wildlife.

Ilkley Riverside Gardens

Feel the Spring River Breeze

Admire the bright clusters of daffodils growing under the trees as you stroll along the River Wharfe at Ilkley Riverside Gardens. Discover Ilkley's Old Packhorse Bridge, which dates back to 1675. The bridge is the start of the Dalesway, an 80-mile walking route to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, with benches overlooking the river if you don't want to walk the long way.

Middleton Woods

Middleton Woods

Truly Magical and a Sensory Feast

Enjoy a tranquil walk through Middleton Woods in Ilkley during the springtime, a well-loved and much visited rare, ancient semi-natural woodland famous for its spectacular bluebell displays each spring.  In the south-western part of the woodland is the family mausoleum of Bradford wool merchant Arthur Hentzen.

Bolling Hall Museum

Insta-worthy Avenue of Blossom

Spend time at the Bolling Hall Museum surrounded by blossom's soft pink flowers. As you explore this picturesque location, take selfies.  Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #BlossomWatch to spread the joy of spring. Cherry blossoms are a sure sign that spring has arrived and are definitely worth a visit.  Did you know that... ? A Blossom Festival is held at historic Bolling Hall in May.

David Hockney's Arrival of Spring at Salts Mill

Salts Mill

The Arrival of Spring

On a cloudy day, go to Salts Mill and lose yourself in David Hockney's colourful artwork. Hockney's aptly named "The Arrival of Spring" is on display in the Third Floor Gallery. Using his iPad and incredible printing technology, David created this collection of unique artworks during the changing seasons of 2011 at Woldgate, near Bridlington.

For more self-guided walking inspiration : Walking - Bradford (visitbradford.com)

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St Ives Estate, Bingley
St. Ives Estate, Coppice Pond

Take a walk through St Ives Estate and admire the picturesque lake, woodland and wildlife. Other facilities include a childrens' play area, cafe and fishing.

Ilkley Riverside Gardens
Riverside Parks

Riverside Gardens is a popular place for families to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Middleton Woods
Forest or Woodland
Middleton Woods

Middleton Woods is a popular favourite throughout the year.

Lister Park
Lister park down by the boating pavilion.

Lister Park was crowned Britain's Best Park in 2006 and is also home to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. You will also find the Mughal Gardens, a botanical garden, boating and a childrens' play area.

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Art Gallery
People looking into a pond outside a large manor house

Built in 1904 in Baroque style as an art gallery. Permanent collection of 19th and 20th century British art.

Bradford Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral Exterior

City Centre's hidden jewel set in attractive gardens. Visitors experience a warm welcome, exploring its pace, beauty, varied worship schedule, exciting events, reflecting civic and national life.

East Riddlesden Hall
Historic Site
East Riddlesden Hall exterior © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

National Trust owned historic house, garden, shop and tearoom. This award winning attraction offers a lot to discover and explore.

Denso Marston Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve
Denso Marston Nature Reserve April 2024

The seven acre reserve is situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

Bolling Hall
People looking at stained glass windows

A primarily 17th century mansion house, containing period furnished rooms as well as temporary exhibition space.

Salts Mill & 1853 Gallery
Art Gallery
Salts Mill Exterior

Four comprehensive art galleries featuring over 400 works by David Hockney. Grade II Listed historic mill building set in a picturesque village which was built for the mill workers in 1853.



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