Things To Do In Bradford

Where to Shop

At The Broadway shopping centre, you’ll find high street brands such as River Island, Pandora, M&S and Superdry as well as restaurants and The Light Cinema.

Oastler Centre Market is open Monday to Saturday with fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish from all over the world as well as local produce.

Forster Square retail park has a great range of household brands including Boots, JD Sports, Greggs and Next.

Kirkgate Centre has more high street favourites such as Primark, Deichmann and New Look.

Bradford boasts some of the best Asian shops in England, including the UK’s largest Asian department store, Bombay Stores.

Where To Eat

As the Curry Capital of Britain six times, sampling the city’s fine Asian food is a given. We’d recommend high-class dining at the world-famous Mumtaz. Many celebrities and politicians have dined on its authentic Kashmiri cuisine.

For more informal dining, we recommend the Indian street food at the Peacock Bar.

The Rooftop Café is a must for two reasons – the superb food and the enjoyable views over the cathedral gardens. The menus change all the time because they use local, seasonal food. It’s not open evenings but worth a visit for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

For British classics such as Sunday roast, beef pie, fish and chips, gammon and chips alongside favourites from across the world, check out the beautiful The Manor House, Bradford. It’s a lovely, family-run gastropub with real cask ales that you can enjoy in the beer garden, weather permitting.

Going Out

The Record Café is a favourite spot. Where else can you get vinyl records, real ale, craft beer and fab food from northern Spain? The Record Café in Bradford is certainly one of a kind (well, the only one of its kind in Bradford!!)

If you’re a digital nomad, working in Bradford or want to visit a space where you can share ideas while enjoying super-fresh local and seasonal food, come to the Bread + Roses café. It has speedy broadband and a roof terrace.

Bradford Flares is for you if you love glittery disco balls and 70s music – wearing flares is optional!

You really will feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you go to The New Beehive in Bradford. This inn has retained a lot of its Edwardian character with five gas-lit bars and gorgeous oak panelling along with open fires. There’s a great range of real ales from microbreweries and a huge choice of malt whiskies. Go for the live music at the weekend.

What To Do

The first stop has to be the National Science & Media Museum housed in a glorious glass-fronted building. As well as a history of British TV, photography film and other media, there’s lots of hands-on stuff to do including playing 1980s video games – anyone for Pac-Man?

Step back in history at Bolling Hall to discover the lives and times of the Bradford families who lived there in its 500-year history. It played an important part in the Civil War and provided a stronghold during the Siege of Bradford.

Take a peek inside original Victorian police cells and court at the Bradford Police Museum.

Find out more about Bradford’s illustrious industrial past in Bradford Industrial Museum inside Moorside Mills.

Visit the 500-year-old Bradford Cathedral with many special features including the earliest stained glass by William Morris.

Wander around Little Germany where German merchants lived when Bradford was the wool capital of the world. There are 85 magnificent Victorian buildings to visit including 55 which are listed.

Enjoy an afternoon or evening at City Park to marvel at the fountain display and laser lights at the Mirror Pool, which is the largest urban water feature in the UK.

Enjoy a top show at the stunning Alhambra Theatre. You can start your evening with a sumptuous meal at Restaurant 1914, named in honour of the year the theatre was built.

Cheer on the Bradford Bulls, a professional rugby league club with an impressive trophy cabinet.

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