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Things to do in Bradford District

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.
History Museum
“The Brontë Parsonage Museum is a writer's house museum maintained by the Brontë Society in honour of the Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The town and area has everything - from steep cobbled market streets to a steam locomotives nearby. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
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
Tea Room
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“You’ll only find Betty’s Tearooms in Yorkshire and this is the nearest one to us. Approximately 40 minutes drive away from the cottage but well worth it. Saturdays in the summer are especially special with the brass band playing in the band stand and a happy buzz of happy shoppers. The gift shop is delightful. Perfect for purchasing a gift or a foodie keep sake to remember the experience of the one and only ‘Bettys’. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This is a National trust site. Fantastic walks, Beautiful scenery. Fantastic cafe in the heart of the forest ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cinema
“This independent, and community run, cinema offers a wonderful atmosphere and films. Good to catch.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Hundreds of great walks along the moor in Ilkley - many shown on line. We have guide books and Ordinance Survey maps back at the property if you prefer to peruse at leisure. Ian is a great resource if needed.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“The home of Anne Lister and film location for the BBC 1 series 'Gentleman Jack'.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Transportation
“Saturday 15th February – Valentine’s Sparkle & Steam Special with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Must be pre-booked but sounds brilliant. They say: 'If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year, the Valentine’s Sparkle & Steam Special is a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for any prosecco lover. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing journey through the Worth Valley in our Restaurant Car. This premium prosecco tasting experience includes afternoon tea with a romantic twist.'”
  • 13 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Check what is on- Great evens regularly. The discos are really good for dancing- and you don't feel old dancing for the love of dancing. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pub
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“It a very popular place to walk on the moors. When you finsih your walk there is the Cow and Calf pub just opposite and a marquee cafe at the foot of the rocks. ”
  • 14 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
Café
“Marco’s is a family run cafe restaurant, serving the finest pizzas, pastas, paninis and more! They have become an established favourite for visitors and locals of the town. You’ll feel right at home, with traditional decor and a real Italian feel! They also serve breakfast, so you can make an early start with them whether its getting yourself ready for a morning in the shops, or you’re heading for a shift at work! Wragley House, Valley Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BN ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
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“A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland. At its heart Gibson Mill, a family oriented and dog friendly visitor centre telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with displays and exhibitions. With over 15 miles of footpaths to explore, this wooded valley is a walkers paradise. Grab your walking boots and discover tumbling streams, deep ravines and ragged rocks. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“20 minutes drive from Skipton, great walks and views. visit The Cow and Calf pub afterwards for a well earned cuppa (or pint) ”
  • 4 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
Bar
“Fab veggie food and it's got a good atmosphere. They don't take cars to have cash. Not great for kids food. But the Greek and vegan platters rock and the veg lasagna and divine. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Lovely French restaurant at the top of Skipton high street, next to the Town Hall. Great for both lunch and dinner.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“A favourite eating place for our guests at Elmet Farmhouse, this bar by the river has a relaxed creative vibe”
  • 10 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
“The Olive Branch Restaurant is a family managed restaurant since 2008 maintaining the highest standards of authentic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine and exceptional service. Hidden amongst the hills of Yorkshire, the Olive Branch is a unique taste of the Mediterranean, with menus to suit all tastes and features amazing relaxed surroundings. 21 West End, Hebden Bridge HX7 8UQ ”
  • 8 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
French Restaurant
“This Michelin star restaurant is very high end. Great modern English. 20 minutes by car. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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