Visit Bradford’s new site highlights city’s vibrant story, from past to present

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Nestled among the hills and moors of West Yorkshire, Bradford was once a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution and the world capital of wool production. Today, the city spins a tale all of its own and — with the unveiling of its new Tourism Pro website at visitbradford.com — visitors can thread their way through the city from distant past to the vibrant present.

While it’s best-known for its textile heritage, Bradford’s history spans back to the Anglo-Saxon era, with the city’s original settlement close to the site of what is now Bradford Cathedral. During the English Civil War, Royalists encamped at Bolling Hall, a stately property that offers up a slightly different view of the area’s history. But for those who really want to explore the city’s industrial past, head to Bradford Industrial Museum or — even better — to Saltaire, a Victorian model village with UNESCO World Heritage status. The city was recently named as the UK City of Culture 2025 and if you call into The Alhambra Theatre or Cartwright Hall, you’ll see that this accolade is more than justified. When it’s time for some respite, City Park offers plenty of fresh air — and one seriously striking water feature — right in the heart of Bradford.

But the attraction of Bradford lies not just in its cityscape; indeed the areas immediately adjacent to the city boast their own unique attractions. Nearby Haworth is famed for its connections to the Brontë sisters while the Keighley Valley Railway offers a unique way of seeing the surrounding moorland. For something a bit different, head to Bingley to see the striking Bingley Five Rise Lock, one of the most notable features on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, as well as the longest canal in Britain, constructed as part of a single waterway. But if it’s the sheer glory of nature you seek, the pretty town of Ilkley is set right at the southern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

Once a major centre of industry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bradford’s glory days are long gone. But then you’d be wrong. Because with its new website, this city is free to celebrate its story, all while keeping visitors engaged and excited by everything that Bradford has to offer. 

Images courtesy of https://www.visitbradford.com/

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