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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“World famous National Science and Media Museum, a must see when visiting Bradford.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Great to visit in a rainy day! You will need a whole day to experience the Hockney museum, shops, cafes and antiques centre. Entrance is free.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Saltaire takes it name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire, which runs through the village. Thanks to its preservation as a model village, in 2001 Saltaire was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many reasons why you should visit Saltaire from the spectacular architecture as you wander around the village, to the independent shops and restaurants scattered around the village. There is world class art on display at Salts Mill with one of the largest collections of David Hockney’s, and all surrounded by countryside and moors.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The Alhambra Theatre is regarded as the North's premier receiving venue and hosts the best in large scale entertainment from international dance to musicals, drama and Yorkshire's biggest panto.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“Cartwright Hall is Bradford's civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts. THE HOCKNEY GALLERY This gallery dedicated to the work of Bradford born artist David Hockney, showcases Bradford’s unrivalled public collection. It includes early work and provides an introduction to his life and art with a particular focus on Yorkshire and Bradford.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“A large park with play equipment, a boating lake, gardens and home to Cartwright Hall. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Modern shopping centre with major brands, cafes and restaurants. Located in the centre of Bradford with ample parking”
  • 3 locals recommend
Canal
“The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a canal in Northern England, linking the cities of Leeds and Liverpool. Over a distance of 127 miles, it crosses the Pennines, and includes 91 locks on the main line”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“A nice little park for a wander around with a good play area for the children. The Half Moon Cafe is good for a pit stop.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pub
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“A very popular pub on the edge of Saltaire village. Always lively and is a favourite haunt of many locals. It features a good stock of ever changing ale, great staff, an open fireplace and a juke box.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“One of the infamous curry houses in Yorkshire, great quality food, fab service and a menu to satisfy everyone. Try the buffet, its well maintained and allows lots of choice - not what you fear from a buffet at all!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Fab food, nice atmosphere and in the beautiful heritage site of Saltaire. It's 5 mins in a taxi (top tip - ask them to drop you off at Roberts Park and then walk across the bridge to Saltaire - much quicker)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Free entrance - Bradford Industrial Museum, established 1974 in Moorside Mills, Eccleshill, Bradford, United Kingdom, specializes in relics of local industry, especially printing and textile machinery, kept in working condition for regular demonstrations to the public.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great pub on the riverside with views over Roberts Park and up to Shipley Glen. Relaxed atmosphere with good beers and gins . Serves good food from a varied menu. Also good to just pop in for a coffee.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Here you can browse our unique selection of authorised David Hockney posters, prints, postcards, books and other items, many of which are produced by and exclusive to Salts. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Visit the Terrace for a great breakfast or lunch - a French twist on our English favourites!”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Historic Site
“Great to visit in a rainy day! You will need a whole day to experience the Hockney museum, shops, cafes and antiques centre. Entrance is free.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“One of the infamous curry houses in Yorkshire, great quality food, fab service and a menu to satisfy everyone. Try the buffet, its well maintained and allows lots of choice - not what you fear from a buffet at all!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great pub on the riverside with views over Roberts Park and up to Shipley Glen. Relaxed atmosphere with good beers and gins . Serves good food from a varied menu. Also good to just pop in for a coffee.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Fab food, nice atmosphere and in the beautiful heritage site of Saltaire. It's 5 mins in a taxi (top tip - ask them to drop you off at Roberts Park and then walk across the bridge to Saltaire - much quicker)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Visit the Terrace for a great breakfast or lunch - a French twist on our English favourites!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
Restaurant
“British Cuisine Restaurant. Open Sunday 5pm-8pm, Monday 6pm-9pm, Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 9pm 14 Wade House Road, Shelf, Halifax, HX3 7PD (3.8 miles) Call 01274 447925”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Local Pub approx 5 mins drive away serves Gastro pub food with a great atmosphere”
  • 3 locals recommend

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