Things to Do in Bradford
Every aspect of film, photography, TV, radio, gaming and the web is covered by the exhibitions at the amazing National Media Museum – discover the past, present and future of television , journey through popular photography, digital imaging, computer animation, play with light and lenses and detour into the mechanics of advertising and news gathering. Wrapped around the museum is one of Britain’s largest cinema screens (the size of four double-decker buses), which has daily IMAX and 3D screenings. With free entry you will really miss a good day out if you do not visit this museum.
The village of Saltaire, just 3 miles outside of Bradford, has been declared a World Heritage Site, recognised for its influence on town planning and due to its preservation as a nineteenth century model industrial village. Sir Titus Salt first built a mill (Salts Mill) and then built the village to house his workers in relative splendour compared to a typical workers cottage – with water supply, gas lighting and separate living and cooking areas. Today, the village attracts people from all over the world wanting to see the magnificent architecture, and the other attractions that keep this village bustling, such as the Bradford born David Hockney exhibition and gallery now in Salts Mill. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has meant that the preservation of this wonderful village can continue and further restoration take place.
A little further outside of Bradford you can enjoy a steam train journey through Bronte country, between Keighley and Oxenhope. Stopping at various villages and towns on the way, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway gives you the chance to shop, explore and visit historic houses, such as the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Then simply hop back on the train for the next leg. Why not stop and follow the “Railway Children Walk” and see the various locations where the film was created. You can not beat the sound of the steam train puffing its way through the Yorkshire countryside.