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Bradford is one of the largest metropolitan districts in the country. The city is in West Yorkshire, part of the Yorkshire and Humber region in Northern England.
Bradford is the fourth largest city in the United Kingdom and one of the fastest-growing municipalities. It was named the UK city of culture for year 2015-16.
Bradford derives its name from the old English meaning "broad ford". It is surrounded by many villages and towns like Keighley, Bingley, Shipley, Pudsey, Ilkley and Harden. The city boasts of a rich historical background with an architectural heritage that reflects the various cultures that have passed through the area over the centuries.
Some of the tourist attractions in Bradford include the National Science and Media Museum which has been recently renovated and opened after being closed for several years. The museum houses optical illusions and a stunning photography collection along with television history of TV cameras and televisions.
Travelling further ahead will bring you to Valleys where you can enjoy a movie at the arts cinema or take your pick from soups, salads and sandwiches at Zinc Brasserie.
At one hour's travel from Bradford, you stand a great chance to catch the M621 that leads towards Leeds or stay on it until York where you can stop off for a shop around. With an aquarium, art galleries or even Ripon Cathedral - there is something for everyone in Yorkshire!
Bradford's area postcode is BD while the phone area code is 01274.
Just under 70% of the Bradford population is white. It is a city that hosts a large community of immigrants with a large Asian and African community.
Bradford has a population of approximately 531,271 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. Bradford's economy was traditionally centred on the textile industry. It remains a key sector but there are many other large employers including Paragon Group, Direct Line Insurance, National Media Museum and Yorkshire Building Society.
It has been voted as the UK's 'best city for shopping and is known for its vibrant nightlife. There is something for everyone in Bradford, with plenty to see and do. The cultural scene embraces everything from music to comedy - you'll never get bored here! You can enjoy theatre at the Alhambra or a movie at the National Media Museum IMAX Cinema...or simply wander around the City Hall area enjoying the view of the waterfalls in the fresh air. If relaxation is more your thing, take advantage of one of our many parks such as Sackville Park which offers outdoor activities and a golf course, or indulge in some retail therapy around the Merchant's Arcade.
The Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (the largest employer in Bradford City), Asda Group Limited (one of Britain's largest retailers, who have its headquarters in the city), Halifax building society, Provident Financial, NEXE Group plc., Bradford & Bingley Building Society (often referred to as 'The Bing')and Coral betting shop group. University Hospital of North Staffordshire is also located here.
It has been chosen by NASA as one of 15 locations where it is working with cities across the globe to develop an International Space Training Centre for the next generation of astronauts.
There is a large local authority and welfare presence, employing more than 5% of Bradford's workforce as social workers, social services managers, school inspectors etc., but in general, unemployment is low at around 3%.
On a more historical note, Bradford was built on wool...and still retains its rich textile heritage. The Bradford Heritage Trail - just 30 minutes from Leeds City Centre - is packed with buildings, each as impressive and important as the next! From Victorian slum terraces to opulent houses and art-deco cinemas...Bradford has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being such an important example of urban industrialisation in Britain.
But don't forget that this high-street fashion capital is also home to three universities! Founded in 1977, The University of Bradford is one of Britain's youngest institutions but thanks to excellent research capabilities has already earned a reputation for being one of the country's most 'in-demand places to study. The University of Bradford is located in the heart of town and offers an excellent range of undergraduate courses, postgraduate degrees, and professional qualifications including MScs, Bachelors & Foundation Degrees.
Since its inception in 1993, The Bradford Institute has become one of the UK's leading providers of creative and performing arts degrees at both Higher Education levels (full time) and at Further Education levels (part-time). With many students enrolled on BA Acting / Theatre Studies, BA Dance or Theatre Design & Technology you'll get to enjoy first-hand performances from some of the greatest shows ever written including everything from Shakespeare in Love to The Importance of Being Earnest.
The city has three technical colleges two special schools and a number of primary and secondary independent schools. It also has several Church of England (CofE) pupils' schools such as All Saints CofE Primary School; All Saints Juniors CofE Primary School; St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy; Bradford Grammar School which was founded in 1547 making it one of the oldest extant schools in Britain; Eccleshill High School, founded in 1543; and the private, independent Woodhouse Grove School.
The city has a large number of humanist societies and atheist groups, including the Bradford Humanists group. Its Labour councillors have described it as "better than average" for providing services for non-religious people. The main hospitals are St Luke's Hospital, which provides an Accident and emergency department, Pinderfields Hospital which is a specialist orthopaedic hospital run by Wakefield Hospitals NHS Trust in Wakefield and Northgate Hospital which is run by the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Bradford Royal Infirmary closed in September 2005 after almost 150 years of use.
The city is 7 miles from Leeds, 6 miles from Halifax and just under 8 miles from Morley.
There are many landmarks in Bradford including the National Science and Media Museum, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford City Park and many shops. The major shopping streets are George Street, Kirkgate and Market Street. There is a market in these streets on Fridays & Saturdays as well as in the newly developed area known locally as "The Hop".
Bradford has a temperate maritime climate like much of the British Isles due to its latitude. It is warmest in July and coolest in January. Its location next to Skipton results in an annual 2–3 day heat haze during summer due to radiation from this moderating influence, but it also acts as a confluence of air from the adjacent plains.
58% of the land is green or open space with a large number of parks and fields: Alexandra Park, Bowling Park, Bradford Moor, City Park (a.k.a. Moortown), Eccleshill Cemetery, Horton Park and Ravenshill Recreation Ground are just some of the larger examples. There are also six Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the district boundaries: Colden Common; Greengates; Saltaire Rocks; Springfield Woodlands (part); Wainhouse Bank Quarry & Washburn Valley Clough.
Bradford has good transport links within the metropolis and connections to major cities in the North of England. The M62 motorway (often used as a north/south route by people living in the district), the A650 road, several areas of dual carriageway or trunk roads and most recently the Aire Valley Roads all serve to make Bradford well-connected. The M606 motorway between Leeds and Manchester was completed in 2009, providing faster links through East Bradford, Eccleshill and Idle into Manchester, Huddersfield and Wakefield.
The £150 million New Junction on the M62 opened in 2008 connecting eastbound traffic directly to westbound using an overbridge at Lofthouse: this has already eased congestion at Tingley and caused a drop in fatal accidents. Construction of a new £7 million interchange onto the M606 has been completed at Goose Hill. All these schemes were designed to ease traffic congestion in the city centre, where there is a chronic shortage of parking space.
An inner ring road (completed in 1976) and an outer ring road (first proposed in 2001) serve Bradford, as do several bypasses such as those at Keighley, Shipley and Bingley. The £29 million A650 Middleton Bypass around the south-east of Wetherby was completed on 22 December 2007 and opened to traffic shortly afterwards. There are plans for a new dual carriageway from Shipley past Thackstone Foot (where it will connect with the planned southern extension of the Leeds Trunk Road), through Thornton and into the outer ring-road near Apperley Bridge.
Bradford Railway also connects to Leeds city centre directly via the Ben Rhydding link road in Ilkley.
The city is served by Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange railway stations on the Airedale Line, which runs from Leeds to Skipton and Colne. Both stations are operated by Northern Rail; with services running into Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly. Bradford was also once served by Thornton Road (for Bowling & Barkerend) and Lidget Green railway stations on the same line, both of which have since closed. There are frequent bus services into the city from all over West Yorkshire. Local buses are mostly run by First Bradford with some services run by Arriva. Longer-distance coaches are provided by National Express West Yorkshire Metro and Blackpool to London via Leeds and Bradford.
Plans are on-going to build a new railway station in the centre of Leeds as part of a 3 phase project. The first phase is from Manningham Lane to Apperley Bridge and will be completed by 2017, the second phase will go from Apperley Bridge to Low Moor and be completed by 2021 (original plans were for this to use an existing rail line however planning permission has been given for it to go through built-up areas). The third phase will connect Bradford Interchange with Leeds city centre and Ilkley. Part of Phase 1b included re-routing the A65 northwards via Eccup; that plan was abandoned due to poor public transport links between Eccup and the surrounding area.
Bradford city is also served by the Leeds Bradford Airport 6 miles to the north of the city.
Bradford is also known for its huge sporting tradition. It is home to the world's oldest rugby clubs, Bradford RFC, and has a very successful professional football team in Bradford City. Formerly playing at nearby Odsal Stadium, the club was promoted back to Division 1 of English football after successive promotions which saw them double their turnover. It now plays its home games at Valley Parade.
Bradford City Sports Club also includes ice hockey, athletics, cricket and indoor bowling facilities amongst many other sports. There are also two 18-hole golf courses just outside Bradford city centre; there used to be several more within the city including Woolfall Hall Golf Club (now demolished) in Shipley and Park Spring Golf Club off Undercliffe Road, but these fell into decline as the area became more residential following development after the war.
Just outside the city centre, next to Bowling Old Lane, is the headquarters of world snooker's governing body World Snooker and its commercial arm, World Snooker Enterprises Limited. The complex includes a snooker venue, which stages six minor-ranking professional tournaments each season plus occasional exhibition and charity events (including one-frame shoot-outs between professionals) at weekends. This facility is known as the "Crucible" after the famous crucible steel once manufactured in the city from which has come the term of being 'in something up to your neck'.