Discover Bradford, a city that beautifully weaves together history, culture, and industry.  From iconic landmarks to captivating attractions, this A-Z guide will take you on a journey through the heart and soul of the Bradford district. Immerse yourself in its vibrant present while embracing its industrial past.

Alhambra Theatre

A is for the Alhambra Theatre, a stunning venue in the heart of Bradford that has been entertaining audiences since 1914. With its majestic domes and awesome interior, it offers a magical experience for live performances, including plays, music, concerts, and comedy shows.

B is for the Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, who are famous for their writings in the literary world. Visitors can tour the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth to learn more about the lives of the Brontë sisters, as well as explore the surrounding area, including Top Withens, which is said to have inspired Emily's novel Wuthering Heights.

C is for Curry Capital of Britain, a title that Bradford has won multiple times due to its delicious restaurants. From traditional family-run restaurants to modern fusion eateries, Bradford has it all when it comes to mouth-watering curries. So, next time you're in the Bradford district, make sure to experience the true taste of South Asian cuisine in all its glory.

D is for David Hockney, a renowned Bradford-born artist whose early and contemporary works are displayed at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. Salts Mill in Saltaire also houses a large collection of Hockney's art, including 'The Arrival of Spring' created on his iPad and printed at a surprising scale.

E is for entertainment, the Bradford district offers a range of events and activities all year round, from literary festivals to art exhibitions and music festivals. Check out venues like St. George's Hall and Bradford Cathedral for live music and candlelight concerts, or try something different at The Live Room Saltaire and Stagefright Comedy Club in Ilkley. Stay updated on all events in Bradford by visiting

Five Rise Locks

F is for the Five Rise Locks in Bingley, a set of staircase locks that are a marvel of engineering and a popular spot for visitors. The five locks raise boats 60 feet in total, making it the steepest flight of staircase locks in the UK. The Five Rise Locks are not only a piece of history, but they also continue to serve their original purpose, making them a living piece of heritage.

G is for gallery. Bradford, UK City of Culture 2025, boasts two prominent galleries: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, featuring a range of arts in a grand Victorian building, and Impressions Gallery, known for its contemporary photography. Other notable independent galleries in the area include Wuthering Arts in Haworth, The Bingley Gallery, The Apothecary Gallery in Thornton, and The Tinker Gallery in Ilkley.

H is for Haworth, where natural beauty meets old-world charm. A hiker's paradise, this lovely village offers stunning moorland views that will leave you in awe. Stroll along the cobblestone Main Street, surrounded by picturesque buildings that transport you to a bygone era. Discover the lively arts and crafts scene and lose yourself in unique shops and galleries. Haworth is a gem waiting to be discovered!

I is for Ilkley Moor, a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.  Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to see the breathtaking Cow and Calf Rocks and the mystical 12 Apostles, believed to be Bronze Age-era standing stones.

J is for Jowett Cars, a former car manufacturer that put Bradford on the map for its innovative automobile designs and reliable vehicles. Today, the Bradford Industrial Museum showcases vintage Jowett vehicles, honouring the brand's legacy and Bradford's automotive history.

K is for Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage railway that runs through the scenic Brontë countryside. As the train chugs along the tracks, sit back and relax in vintage carriages, taking in the sights and sounds. The railway also hosts special events throughout the year, such as the popular Haworth Haddock and Yorkshire afternoon tea.

Ilkley Lido

L is for Lido, located in the wonderful town of Ilkley, is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun and refreshing day out in the spring or summer. Surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking views of the Yorkshire countryside, it makes for an idyllic spot to enjoy a swim or soak up the sun. So why not pack your swimsuit and towel and make a splash at the Ilkley Lido this spring or summer? You won't be disappointed! (Full season opening starts in May.  Keep an eye on the Ilkley Pool and Lido page for all the latest.)

M is for museums. Explore the diverse heritage of the Bradford district through its fascinating museums. Don't miss the Cliffe Castle in Keighley or the Ilkley Manor House and Toy Museum in Ilkley. And of course, a visit to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth is a must for literature lovers!

N is for National Trust East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley is a must-visit destination for history lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. This delightful hall dates to the 17th century and is filled with fascinating stories and secrets waiting to be discovered.

O is for Odsal Stadium, home to the famous Bradford Bulls Rugby League team, has been witness to countless thrilling matches and memorable moments. Beyond rugby, this venue also showcases YorStox racing events, enhancing its electrifying atmosphere with an extra dose of adrenaline and excitement.

P is for parks; discover the natural beauty of the Bradford District green flag parks! From the tranquil Lister Park with its boating lake and Mughal Garden to the historic Cliffe Castle Park, there's an abundance of outdoor spaces to explore and enjoy.

Q is for quirky and unique shops. Visit Haworth to find oddities at The Cabinet of Curiosities, vintage finds at The Souk, and traditional sweets at Mrs. Beightons Sweet Shop. Saltaire boasts independent businesses like Radstudio, Giddy Arts, and Saltaire Vintage Shop. Ilkley features lifestyle shops like Fig & Willow and Nora's Interiors & Gifts, offering chic home decor, fashion, and gifts. Come and discover the eclectic mix of treasures that await!

Hirst Mill | Hirst Weir | River Aire

R is for rivers; discover the River Aire and River Wharfe, two waterways that flow through the Bradford district, providing a serene atmosphere. Stroll along the riverbanks in Saltaire village and Ilkley town and join a variety of exciting events and activities at Roberts Park and Ilkley Riverside throughout the year!

S is for Saltaire, a charming village founded in 1851 by the industrialist Titus Salt. Discover the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage site on a self-guided walking tour that introduces you to impressive architecture and cultural gems such as the Salt Mill, Saltaire United Reformed Church, and Victoria Hall.
T is for theatre. Bradford's theatre scene is incredible, reflecting the city's cultural heritage. The Alhambra hosts a diverse range of productions, including West End shows, plays, and musicals. Smaller theatres like Ilkley Playhouse, Keighley Playhouse, and Bingley Arts Centre offer unique experiences. Kala Sangam and Mind the Gap also contribute to the rich theatrical landscape. As the UK City of Culture in 2025, Bradford's theatre scene is set to shine even brighter. 

U is for UNESCO. Bradford is a city filled with a rich cultural heritage. It is home to not one but two UNESCO designations: the Bradford Creative City of Film and the World Heritage Site of Saltaire. These two places are a haven for those who seek to explore the history, art, and creativity of this inspiring city.

V is for Valley Parade, home of Bradford City Football Club. On match day, the streets come alive with a wave of claret and amber as fans of all ages pack the stadium eagerly, awaiting the excitement of the match. Come cheer on the Bantams for a great afternoon out and experience the magic of Valley Parade for yourself.

W is for the Wool Exchange in Bradford, a stunning reminder of the city's wool trade past. Built in the late 1800s, it was once a bustling centre of commerce. Today, it remains a significant landmark, attracting visitors with its magnificent design. Inside, the grandeur is breathtaking, with high ceilings, intricate carvings, and elaborate decorations. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Café W and soak up the historical ambiance.

X is a location on a map. Begin an eXciting journey in the Bradford district, where a variety of eXcellent indoor activities await. Test your skills on the eXhilarating walls of Clip n' Climb in Ilkley, discover the eXtraordinary attractions at Infinity Parks in Bradford, eXperience a fun game of bowling in Shipley, and eXplore films at one of the independent cinemas, Ilkley Cinema and Keighley Picture House.

Y is truly for Yorkshire, a place that captures the hearts and minds of all who visit. Within Yorkshire lies the Bradford district, with its own individuality and fascinating past. Known for its stunning landscapes, intriguing history, and distinctive culture, it's a destination waiting to be explored.

Weavers | Haworth

Z is for Zzz. Looking for a peaceful and comfortable place to rest your head in the Bradford district? Look no further than our selection of accommodations, perfect for catching some much-needed Zzz's. With a variety of options to suit every budget and preference, you can find the perfect home away from home during your stay. And while you're here, ‘Stay and Explore’ with our carefully curated itineraries makes it easy to discover the must-see attractions in the area.


Bronte Parsonage Museum
Brontë Parsonage Museum Garden (c) Bevan Cockerill

The Brontës are the world's most famous literary family and Haworth Parsonage was their home from 1820 to 1861. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were the authors of some of the best loved books in the English language.

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.

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.

St George's Hall
St George's Hall Exterior View

The Victorian built St George's Hall is home to a wide range of entertainment bringing the cream of touring music, comedy and variety to the region.

Impressions Gallery
Art Gallery
Impressions Gallery Centenary Square City Park Bradford  courtesy Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people to understand the world through photography and acts as an agent for change

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park
Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

A former mansion built 1875 - 1882, now the local museum in a park.

Ilkley Manor House
Heritage Centre
Ilkley Manor House Exterior

Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley's oldest buildings, the Ilkley Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum, arts and heritage centre run by the Ilkley Manor House Trust.

Ilkley Playhouse
Ilkley Playhouse Exterior

Ilkley Playhouse is dedicated to the presentation of live amateur theatre and other arts activities and welcomes members and visitors to a season of 10 productions per annum, plus many other events over the year.



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