Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, a county in the north of England, in the United Kingdom.

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Westleigh Hotel

A large pub/hotel near Dennis Bellamy Halls and other student accommodation, also close the university. Definitely one of the cheapest freehouses in Bradford. A lovely atmosphere with an eclectic mix of students and locals. Traditional decor, mostly friendly staff. Karaoke night every Tuesday and you get a free shot for every song. Help For Heroes Pubquiz every Thursday with a free meal at the end. They do a very nice Sunday roast for £5.00. Large smoking area out the front.

The Shoulder of Mutton

A little Samuel Smiths pub. All the regular Smiths' favourites on draft. A typical locals pub, in that if you aren't a regular, the people in there stare at you like you are some kind of freak until you leave out of fear. Traditional decor. And a great beer garden if you can figure out what time of the day the sun is overhead?

Little Germany

A unique collection of 85 buildings constructed between 1855 and 1890, during the peak of Bradford's wool textile industry, now a popular residential and business area. 55 of the 85 buildings are listed because of their architectural and historical importance.

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National Media Museum

The wonderful museum - as featured so memorably in Bill Bryson's book Notes from a Small Island. A wealth of information and exhibits from the history of photography, film and television, as well as the IMAX cinema.

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Kebabish Original

Serves curries and grills. Meat and fish is cooked over a charcoal grill and is without doubt one of the top restaurants in the UK. The grilled food is superior to the curry. Try the Chicken Tikka.

EAT   —  49 Great Horton Road


Very average curry restaurant in Bradford, just up from Valley Parade. Portions are thankfully small but dull. Never packed. Relaxed atmosphere and good people watching; try the Nirali special.

EAT   —  +44 1274 720731 —  32 Manor Road

Sun Hotel

Long established gay pub. Gay clubs and gay nights in other clubs change on a regular basis. The most amazing gay club you could ever go to! It's the most popular gay club in Bradford.

DRINK   —  124 Sunbridge Road


A modern style curry house with contemporary feel and superb value for money. The restaurant is always packed - always book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Kashmir Restaurant

Excellent. Cheap too - a main meal will cost including starter will cost about £6 per person. The oldest established curry cafe in Bradford. Absolutely phenomenal food.

Fighting Cock

The Best range of real ales in the city. Plus a great selection of specialist bottled beers. A 10 min walk out of the city centre but well worth it!

DRINK   —  21-23 Preston Street

Chowdreys Restaurant

Seating two hundred people Chowdreys Restaurant serves the best in Indian / Kashmiri food, with a wide variety of meat and non-meat dishes.

The Corn Dolly

A great pub just off the beaten track. A free house with a good amount of guest ales. Great food too. Has won several awards from CAMRA.

The Love Apple

Quality food and drink with full table service in a relaxed atmosphere, art exhibitions, music, dance and funky loving people.

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Industrial Museum

Early museum with displays of owrking textile machinery. Also working horse museum and mill manager's house on the same site.

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Cock & Bottle

Newly refurbished in 2005 after several decades of dereliction. Oldest pub in Bradford now serves thirteen guest Ales.

DRINK   —  Barkerend Road

Native Land Restaurant

Great authentic Chinese food located nearby the Alhambra theatre. Make sure you order the aubergines.

EAT   —  34 Great Horton Road

Sir Titus Salt

Good decor and a selection of ales available. Its a Weatherspoons, so you know what to expect.

Karachi Restaurant

This cheap and cheerful Pakistani/Indian restaurant is a Bradford institution.


Renowned for its "family sized naan" and "naan & curry challenge".

EAT   —  +44 1274 641321 —  45 Stony Lane

Zouk Tea bar & grill

Award winning Indian restaurant by far the best in Bradford.

National Media Museum

2 screens.

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Peace Museum

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About Bradford

The City of Bradford has a population of approximately 300,000 and is part of the West Yorkshire conurbation, adjacent to Leeds and at the foothills of the Pennines close to the Yorkshire Dales. Originally founded by the Saxons, the name is a corruption of "Broad Ford", reflecting the watercourse which ran through the fledgling town. The city expanded rapidly in the 19th century, based on the wool industry and was the wool capital of the world. The population grew from 16,000 to 100,000 in the first half of the 19th century and continued to expand. The legacy of Bradford's economic past remains today, it having over 5,800 listed buildings, with large mill complexes such as Lister's Mill (Manningham Mills) dotting the landscape and fine Neo-Gothic Architecture in the City Centre reflecting the city's importance. The city has a diverse range of cultures, as many immigrants from County Mayo and Sligo in Ireland and Jewish wool merchants from Germany came to the city in the 19th century. People from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia came to the city during the second world war and afterwards many South Asian immigrants came to the city in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly from the Mirpur area of Kashmir, but some from other parts of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The traditional industries of Bradford declined during the 1970s and 1980s, so Bradford is now in the process of re-inventing itself. Bradford is UNESCO's first city of film and the city has a UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire. However, Bradford still faces similar problems to other post-industrial towns in northern England, including economic deprivation and social unrest.

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