Need inspiration? What to see
When you’re in Bradford a visit to the Science and Media Museum is a no-brainer. The museum aims to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future and it does that in spades with galleries and exhibitions devoted to photography, film and television. The entire place is a feast for the senses and there’s always something going on for the whole family.
To keep those senses alive, take a stroll to City Park. This public space has rightly won many awards with its most spectacular feature being a regular display featuring 100 fountains and laser lights with mist and water effects. Alternatively you can simply go along to enjoy The Mirror Pool, the largest urban water feature in the UK.
David Hockney is a world-famous artist who’s proud of his Bradford roots. To explore his work, visit The David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall where you’ll find out more about the artist’s early life and see some of his paintings. You can discover even more about Hockney at the stunning Salts Mill which also has shopping and places to eat. It’s a great way to spend the day.
You can explore the locations of classic film The Railway Children on The Railway Children Tour in Howarth. Fill your Instagram feed with on location pictures and enjoy the charming countryside, plus a healthy walk that will get you invigorated for more urban fun ahead. And while you're in Howarth, don't forget to make a pilgrimage to the parsonage, famously home to the literary Brontë sisters.
Bradford is a brilliant place for shoppers with a mix of big high street names and independent shops where you can always find something unique. The Kirkgate Centre or new shopping centre The Broadway are your best bet for the famous shops. There’s also Forster Square Shopping Park right next to the railway station. Otherwise we’d recommend Saltaire or Haworth for authentic markets and vintage items.