Travelling around Bradford
Bradford is located in West Yorkshire in the foothills of the Pennines. Once the beating heart of Britain’s textile industry, this old mill town is now a thriving hub of art and culture.
You can explore ‘Little Germany’, with its sweeping gothic-style architecture, visit the city’s beautiful parks and gardens or delve into some local history at one of Bradford’s museums and art galleries.
Bradford has excellent road and rail links and Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes in and around the city centre, as well as regular services to local towns, such as Dewsbury, Batley and Wakefield.
Bradford has a vibrant history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times when the fledgeling town grew up around Bradford Cathedral. Laid waste by William the Conqueror in 1070, during his infamous harrying of the North, it was several years before the town properly recovered. By the early part of the 14th century, Bradford had begun to prosper once more, with a local corn mill, a regular market and an annual fair. At the dawn of the 19th century, Bradford was still very much a rural market town, but as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, what had once been a cottage industry of spinning and weaving exploded into a thriving textile trade. Mills, chimneys and factories sprang up around the city and within a few short years, Bradford had become known as the “wool capital of the world”.