The city of Bradford is found in West Yorkshire, a 20 minute drive from Leeds and an hour’s drive from Manchester. It sits in the foothills of the Pennines, where it rose to prominence as a hub for the manufacture of textiles. It has gone on to become a UNESCO City of Film and Britain’s Curry Capital. And thanks to concerted regeneration efforts, this multicultural hotpot is finally starting to attract the attention it deserves.
Its proximity to big cities means it also acts as an affordable commuter base.
Bradford reached its peak during the Victorian period thanks to its textile industry. The city still bears many hallmarks from this period, including elegant Victorian architecture. Former mills and stone-built workers’ terraces still form the foundation of the local housing market.
Living in Bradford means you can also enjoy a wide range of cultures. The city has more than 200 ethnic restaurants and hosts annual multi-cultural festivals such as the Bradford Festival, which includes street theatre, music and dance.
Good schools mean that it’s an appealing place to live for families too. Dixons Music Primary School is just one of the schools to have earned an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
Bradford city centre has two train stations: Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange. Bradford Interchange has regular services to Blackpool North, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester Victoria and York. For trains to Ilkley and Skipton, catch a train from Forster Square.
Bradford to Leeds takes 20 minutes, whereas a journey to Manchester takes one hour. A 30-minute drive will bring residents to Leeds Bradford International Airport.