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Culture, heritage and the great outdoors

Bradford's rich industrial history has shaped the development and landscape of the district, from the canals and railways used to transport coal and materials, to beautiful Victorian buildings throughout the city centre, to the model village of Saltaire - now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then there's Bradford's great literary and artistic tradition - birthplace of the Brontë sisters, J.B. Priestley, David Hockney, Frederick Delius, and not forgetting Zayn Malik - formerly of One Direction!


"I bounded, leaped, and flew down the steep road; then, quitting its windings, shot direct across the moor, rolling over banks, and wading through marshes: precipitating myself, in fact, towards the beacon-light of the Grange."

Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

Bradford is a fantastic starting point to explore the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, and you don't have to go far to see some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.

Get your walking boots on

Head to Haworth to leap and bound over the moorlands to Top Withens, said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Along the way you'll cross the Bronte Bridge and pass the Bronte Waterfalls. Delightful on a sunny day, Haworth is at its most dramatic on a wild and windy winter's day - just remember to wrap up warm.

Ilkley, a spa town with shops, restaurants and Betty's Tea Rooms, is at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is surrounded by countryside. Head up the hill from the town centre to get to the Cow and Calf rocks, and if you want to cross Ilkley Moor remember to bring your hat! The length and breadth of the moor is a seven mile circular walk. Download guides to lots of different walks on the Visit Bradford website.

To enjoy the staggering views without getting your walking boots on, why not get in the car and enjoy the Cow and Calf from the comfort of the pub of the same name, across the road? Have a short stroll to the top of the rocks to walk off your Sunday lunch.

"Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane
Tha's bahn' to catch thy deeath o' cowd"
On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at
Yorkshire folk song

350 x 263 Wander by the water

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Britain, and winds its way through the Bradford district. Walk or cycle along the tow path taking in the sights of Apperley Bridge, Saltaire, Bingley (home to the Five Rise Locks), Keighley and Skipton. You can even hire a narrowboat for a day and navigate the waterways.

You can easily explore lots of places in one day or weekend by getting a DayRover ticket - hop on and off trains throughout West Yorkshire.

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Museums and galleries

350 x 233 There's no shortage of in Bradford - we've even got a gallery on campus.

In the centre of Bradford you'll find the National Media Museum which "aims to be the best museum in the world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media". It's home to the National Photography, National Cinematography and National Television Collections.

Impressions Gallery in Centenary Square (overlooking the City Park fountains) was one of the first specialist photography galleries in the UK and puts on exhibitions of contemporary photography.

Head out of the city centre and you'll find the grand Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, which has four permanent galleries showing work from the city's art collections as well as contemporary exhibitions. It also happens to be located in the beautiful Lister Park, which has a boating lake, tennis courts and a cafe.

In Saltaire you'll find Salts Mill, home of Gallery 1853 - the UK's only permanent David Hockney exhibition, and find out more about Bradford's history as the Wool Capital of the World at Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill.

Bradford Literature Festival

The annual Bradford Literature Festival attracts thousands of people to the city, with local, national and international figures coming together to debate issues and ideas ranging from poetry to particle physics.

More than 30,000 people attended the 2016 festival, with events by poets and authors including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, lectures and debates by University of Bradford academics, and fun days in City Park for children.

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