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Great House Barn - isolated luxury rural retreat*100% refunds guaranteed for all covid related cancellations* Nestled in the lush green Pennine hills, only a stone’s throw from the vibrant bustling market town of Hebden Bridge, The Barn is an idyllic, stylish, private barn conversion in the grounds of our own home. Check us out on Instagram @greathousefarm for more photos!
Great House Cottage - isolated rural retreat*100% refunds guaranteed for all covid related cancellations* Nestled in the lush green Pennine hills, only a stone’s throw from the vibrant bustling market town of Hebden Bridge, Great House Cottage is an idyllic and private studio log cabin in the grounds of our own home. Check us out on Insta @greathousefarm for more photos!.
The kinetic, thriving, diverse city of Bradford boils with more culture than a probiotic, and has a haul of brilliant museums. People come here to gawk at modern art, catch a touring band, and singe their taste buds on some hot and heavenly curry. Bradford was once an industrial powerhouse whosewool-making and textile manufacturing made it one of the richest cities in Europe in the late 19th century — a legacy detailed at the Bradford Industrial Museum, a former mill. Its fortunes may have changed, but the ornate neo-gothic architecture built by German merchants remains, especially in Little Germany, an attractive commercial area, and the spectacular Wool Exchange, now a mainstream bookshop.
Successive waves of immigration, particularly from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, and an evolving cultural scene have kept the city in an energised state of flux. The National Science and Media Museum, exploring film and television, went some way to winning the city its status as UNESCO’s first City of Film, while the Impressions Gallery shows exciting contemporary photography. Salts Mill, north of the city in Saltaire, houses the United Kingdom’s first permanent exhibition of work by the adored Bradfordian artist David Hockney. Equally treasured is the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, a gem of a village with steep cobbled streets, celebrating the great sister novelists in their family home.
Yorkshire’s air hub, Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), nine miles to the northeast, sits between the two cities, with flights to Europe and other UK airports. It’s 80 minutes by rail, changing at Leeds, or 35 minutes by bus, and by taxi even less. Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange stations receive trains from across the country; the latter is also a bus station for long-distance coach connections. The M62 motorway passes to the south, connecting to Bradford’s ring road via the M606, but once here, walking or using the citywide bus service is easier than driving. Cycle hire is limited; it may be easier to buy a cheap secondhand bike if you’re desperate for wheels.
Lively music and comedy scenes, theatre, including at the 100-year-old Alhambra Theatre, and plenty of indoor attractions mean your trip’s bound to coincide with some standout event. Look out for interesting public discussions and lectures at Bradford University, and performances at Kala Sangam, a leading centre for South Asian arts. Bradford was the first European city to host a Mela, a festival of Asian culture, in 1998. What became an annual event has now been incorporated into the Bradford Festival in July or August, with a maelstrom of zany comedy acts, street theatre, dance, and live music in City Park. The Bradford Beer Festival showcases the city’s wonderful ale producers with stalls and tastings in February.
Bradford has frequently been named the Curry Capital of Britain, and with more than 100 curry restaurants, it’s imperative to fill your face with biryanis, parathas, spiced lamb chops, masala fish, and other dishes whose recipes have been passed down through generations. Everyone has their favourite curry house, but some of the best are on Great Horton Road, Otley Road, and Leeds Road.
Between Bradford and the Yorkshire Dales, this brawny heather hinterland is glorious for hiking. For an unusual viewpoint, admire the lay of the land while doing laps of the outdoor swimming lido in Ilkley village (open May to September, with an indoor pool year round).
A maze of subterranean tunnels beneath the city has been transformed into a parade of craft shopping, street food, and quirky bars. Some of Great Britain’s rock ‘n’ roll legends played here in the mid-1960s when the tunnels were used as a venue called the Little Fat Black Pussy Cat Club, and it’s again a smashing spot for a night out.