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Bradford is a city and district full of surprises. Here are 30 facts you may not know ...

  • Bradford is Britain’s fifth biggest city and metropolitan district.
  • It is home to more than half a million people, of whom over 300,000 are of working age.
  • Bradford has the UK’s third youngest population outside London – nearly 23 per cent are under 16.
  • Its working age population of 311,000 is the largest of any major British city.
  • The district’s economy, the third largest in the Yorkshire region, is the fastest growing in Yorkshire
  • Its total business output has been calculated at £7.8 billion.
  • Bradford has more than 15,000 businesses, providing almost 200,000 jobs.
  • More ‘Footsie 100’ companies have their headquarters located in Bradford than in Leeds.
  •  Bradford’s growing population will need more jobs and more housing; a 30% increase in the number of      households is predicted over the next 20 years, which could mean 54,000 more homes will be needed.
  • The National Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, is the country’s second most visited museum out of London.
  • It is the country’s largest visitor attraction dedicated to film, television and other media.
  • Bradford was chosen by UNESCO as its first City of Film.
  • Haworth, home of the Bronte Sisters, is in Bradford District.
  • So is the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which features in the iconic film ‘The Railway Children.
  • World renowned artist David Hockney is a Bradfordian; some of his best works can be seen at the Victorian Salt’s Mill, Saltaire.
  • Composer Frederick Delius was also born in Bradford; so was the author J.B.Priestley.
  • The district has the third largest number of manufacturing businesses and the tenth largest concentration of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses in the UK.
  • The University of Bradford Business School is ranked within the top five in Europe.
  • World-leading research into improving treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases is carried out in Bradford.
  • Saltaire, the industrial village which was way ahead of its time, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The world’s finest quality cloth, tailored to make the best suits you can buy, is still made in Bradford.
  • Bradford has more than 5,700 Listed buildings – twice as many as Liverpool, European Capital of Culture in 2008.
  • Little Germany, once the home of the world’s leading wool merchants, has Europe’s largest concentration of Listed buildings.
  • The concept of ‘shopping from home’ was pioneered in Bradford by Empire Stores and the city remains the home of Britain’s biggest home shopping companies.
  • Bradford Mela, a celebration of Asian music, dance, culture and food, is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
  • The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, stages Britain’s most popular pantomime.
  • With more than 400 Asian restaurants, Bradford is the curry capital of the country.
  • More than 90 different languages are spoken in Bradford, though more than eight out of ten of its people only speak English.
  • More new businesses are being set up in Bradford than anywhere else in Yorkshire, with first year survival rates higher than national or regional averages.
  • Bradford’s established strengths include high-technology communications and manufacturing, plus business and financial services, cultural, creative, health and environmental industries.
  • City Park
  • Bradford Police Museum

Please view our 'Visitor's guide to Bradford District' , 50 Things to do in Bradford  and a short film showcasing all that's best about Bradford & District. Click this link to open an interactive map of the Hotel and local area

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