The hidden gems of Bradford

Bradford is a global city, awarded the title of the world’s first UNESCO City of Film and crowned the Curry Capital of the UK six times.

At the heart of the UK, Bradford is surrounded by breath-taking countryside and quaint, charming villages. Popular sights in the centre include City Park with its mirror pool soaring water 100ft in the air; the highest fountain in any British city.

The Alhambra Theatre opened in 1914 and hosts everything from ballet to pantomimes.

The National Science and Media Museum is where you can fuel your mind with knowledge and imagination, or one of the many events and festivals Bradford offers; think food and drink festivals, live music and a multitude of activities and workshops to get hands-on with.

But there’s no doubt you’ve heard about these before…

Among the Victorian museums and Edwardian architecture are hidden gems waiting to be explored.


Not your ordinary bookshop. Instead, a place to flick through novels (that’ll no doubt add to your never-ending pile of to-be-read books) and then enjoy a glorious steaming cup of tea and a bun, or two, in the balcony café, whilst you admire the architecture of both shop and city. Housed in Bradford’s Victorian Gothic Wool Exchange building, you’ll be at the heart of the city.

Bread and Roses

Not just a café, but a place to work, share ideas and collaborate. Enjoy ethically sourced coffee while browsing their upcoming events and appreciating the café’s cool and contemporary aesthetics. Think Instagram-worthy shots and home décor inspiration.

Plant One On Me

Shop for your perfect plant, listen to a collection of vinyl and enjoy a slice of cake. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the array of bohemian style plant pots and cacti. Bring the outdoors inside and spruce up your desk with some greenery. A must-visit oasis.

The Cake’ole

Where your imagination meets reality.

From your classic Victoria sponge to strange concoctions of chocolate and mayonnaise… you’re sure to be in for a surprise. Step inside and be met with wallpaper of Roahl Dahl’s books and quirky décor such as unicorns, birdhouses and teacups fit for the Mad Hatter. Enter a world of wonder and colour, and leave ordinary behind.

Sunbridge Wells

Do you dare go inside and discover the historic tunnels of Sunbridge Wells?
Step back in time once you enter the labyrinth, with vaulted roofs and spiral staircases, enjoy an underground arcade of pubs, bars and food outlets, supporting independent retailers and young entrepreneurs along the way with their tables of hand-made crafts.

So turn off Google Maps and start your adventure without a destination. Ask the locals for recommendations, instead of relying on Siri. Abandon the beaten path and immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of Bradford. Support small businesses, find unique twists on traditional products and discover community identity instead of corporate chains.

Bradford is full of surprises. What will you discover?

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