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Escape to brilliant days out

Enjoy Bradford and district by taking one of these itineraries, which are ideal for travelling by rail or bus as they're more environmentally friendly. As you travel across the district, take in the sights, rolling green landscapes, and more. On public transportation, great savings are frequently available, such as Day Ranger or Round Robin train tickets, and DaySaver Family & Group bus tickets that include Yorkshire!  DaySaver tickets give you the freedom to choose how and when you want to travel.  Visit one of the METRO Travel Centres for a range of tickets and passes, leaflets, timetables and much more.

Take inspiration from one of our themed itineraries. We've designed them so you can get a flavour of the great things you can see and do on a visit to Bradford.

Don't forget to check What's On during your visit, and if there's more to see than you expected we have some wonderful accommodation too, so book in and stay a few nights with us.

We'd love to hear how you get on, so please say 'hello' on Twitter @VisitBradford, Instagram or Facebook/VisitBradford ... or pop in and see us at one of the Visitor Information Centres.

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 15 Things For June Inspiration

This June, TAKE A CLOSER LOOK about Bradford district. We've rounded up 15 fantastic statues, sculptures or public art pieces that can be found in surprising places. Share your experience with us on socials using the hashtag #VisitBradford, will you be able to complete them all!

 TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ....

BRADFORD

  • Bradford is home to some amazing pieces of public art ‘Connecting the City’ at Duke Street - The needle symbolises Bradford's textile past : burlers and menders used needles to tidy the woven cloth before it was coloured, printed, or conditioned.
  • Discover 'Fibres' at St. Blaise Square, two curved pillars made from old railway lines, while you wander the city's public spaces.
  • The ‘Untitled Sculpture’ at Leeds Road represents the transformation of a building into a human form, as well as the rise of Little Germany as a contemporary destination for culture and the arts. While you're there, don't miss out on Little Germany’s genuinely amazing architecture.



HAWORTH

  • Take a day trip to Haworth to learn about the Brontë Sisters' Yorkshire. Jocelyn Horner's bronze statue of the Brontë sisters is in the Parsonage courtyard.
  • On a walk through Central Park with family or friends, take some time to admire La Famille De Cuivre Craig Dyson's sculpture. This was made from of almost 25,000 2p coins to celebrate the Yorkshire Tour de France.
  • Travel the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Oxenhope and walk the Oxenhope Sculpture Trail to Millennium Green, where you'll find a sound wave portraying the word "Oxen'ope" - as it's pronounced locally.



ILKLEY

  • Explore some key objects at the Ilkley Manor House it is home to two Roman altar stones dedicated to Verbeia, the goddess of the River Wharfe, The Manor House is open at weekends and is free to visitors.
  • Enjoy the Darwin Gardens while taking in the breathtaking views of Ilkley Moor. The maze walkway connects two carved stone monuments and symbolises a journey from the past to the present.
  • At Rombalds Moor, which is well-known for rock carvings, look for the 'cup and ring' stones. The stones were carved roughly 4,000 years ago, during the Neolithic–Bronze Age period.



SALTAIRE

  • Look for the octopus along the Airevalley Sculpture Trail, which features 15 sculptures along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.
  • Soak up the sun while listening to live music at the bandstand in Roberts Park. The Sir Titus Salt Statue, which was erected in 1903, is located in the park. At the base of the statue are an angora goat and an alpaca, the animals that provided the fleece for Salts Mill nearby.
  • Have a delicious ice cream at the Half Moon Café and sit out front near the Alpaca Statues in Roberts Park, which are a tribute to the animals that helped the textile industry in the area, particularly Salts Mill, achieve great things.



AROUND THE DISTRICT

  • Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley features a pair of Grade II Victorian tiered fountains, making it a pleasant public garden for a quiet stroll. Stop by the Pavillion Cafe for some well-deserved refreshments after a day of visiting the museum and gardens.
  • Take a trip to Cartwright Hall in Bradford, which is nestled in the stunning, Green Flag-awarded grounds of Lister Park, to see Anish Kapoor's 1.5-ton stainless steel sphere-shaped sculpture "Turning The World Inside Out," then stroll about Lister Park to see 'Hung Out to Dry,' a steel clout nail sculpture by Bingley-based artist Marcus Levine.
  • Everyone loves discovering something new, and Myrtle Park & Woods in Bingley has an enchanting fairy house carved out of a tree trunk. It's a terrific place to get some fresh air, so come sit by the river for an hour or two - and bring a picnic! #RespectProtectEnjoy

24 Hours: Spice up Your Life in Bradford

 
Spend 24 Hours in Bradford and tantalise your tastebuds following the Bradford Curry Trail.
 
Bradford has a fantastic reputation for curry and our Asian restaurants specialise in curries from Kashmir, Pakistan and India. The restaurants are proud to serve authentic Asian cuisine, In 2017 Bradford was named Curry Capital of Britain for a record breaking sixth conescutive year.
 
So while you are visiting you can experience an authentic curry in one of our many restaurants. Whether you are looking for an informal cafe style favourite like MyLahore, or high class dining at the Aagrah there will be something for you and your budget!

 

 

Fiery Flavours, take a culinery journey around the globe.

Curry in Bradford

Step Back in Time to Victorian Bradford

 
This itinerary will take you on a journey from the past to the present day, from the epic machinery on display at the Bradford Industrial Museum to Salts Mill which has found a new purpose for the 21st century.
 
Morning
  • Journey back in time at the Bradford Industrial Museum.  This free museum is the perfect place to experience the scale of Bradford's industrial past, with machinery, vehicles, workers cottages and mill owner's house.
  • Just down the road is Undercliffe Cemetery, with its stunning Victorian mausoleums.  From this elevated position you will also enjoy panoramic views across the city.
 
Afternoon

 

Victorian Bradford was an enterprising place to be!

Bradford Industrial Musuem (c) Paul Maguire

Explore the highlights of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film

 

This one day itinerary takes in some of the highlights, from the windswept moors of Brontë Country to the thoroughly modern National Science and Media Museum!

Morning

  • Start the day on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, famous as the setting for The Railway Children and many other TV and film productions.
  • Hop off to explore Haworth, with its Brontë connections. In 2016 the BBC Bronte drama 'To Walk Invisible' was filmed on location in the village.

Afternoon

  • Head to Bradford and the magnificent National Science and Media Museum 
  • 5 floors of interactive exhibits featuring all things media. Plus 3 cinemas including the ever popular IMAX, don't forget to check what's on!

 

Bradford is proud to be the world's first UNESCO City of Film.

Bradford City of Film

A Breath of Fresh Air in Ilkley

 

This itinerary will easily fill a day or longer in and around the town. While there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to distract you, it is definitely worth pulling on your hiking boots and taking in the wonderful countryside too.

Morning

  • Take an invigorating walk on Ilkley Moor. One of our favourites is the hike across to the Cow and Calf Rocks.  Stop for refreshments and enjoy the fabulous views across Wharfedale.

 Afternoon

  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon strolling Ilkley's elegant tree lined streets.
  • There's a wealth of independent shops, bars, cafés and restaurants to explore.  Whether it's real ale or afternoon tea you are sure to find the perfect venue.
 
Ilkley is the perfect combination of town and countryside.
Cow and Calf Rocks

Relax & Unwind

One of the best ways to relax and unwind is to take a break.

Spa and Stay in Ilkley

If you're wanting to relax, why not book a wellness break in Ilkley and have a trip which leaves you feeling refreshed? From spa treatments to fine dining and museum exploration, there are plenty of ways to rejuvenate in Ilkley. In the morning take a therapeutic walk, be surrounded by wild moorlands, iconic cow and calf rocks and riverside locations for those tranquil moments of calm. If you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy Ilkley is a favourite spot for chic independent boutiques. In the afternoon take time out from sightseeing and shopping to switch off and be pampered relax at the Craiglands Hotel, Verbeia Spa and Fitness Centre with friends, take a Mud Rasul treatment or learn a new skill Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops a new crafting destination in the heart of Ilkley. In the evening eat delicious foods when it comes to your dining experiences, there's so much choice, you might include afternoon tea at Bettys’ or perhaps Tapas at La Casita, as night falls, Ilkley has a great vibe.

> View Spa for some well-deserved R&R.

Escape The Everyday