The Midland Hotel, Bradford was built between1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company.
The Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations, and is of particular architectural interest, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. It still retains some of these fine Victorian features including the Victorian Passageway with its floor to ceiling Burmantoft tiles.
The quality ornate plasterwork in the Princes and French Ballrooms is rivaled only by similar examples in London. The high ceilings, glittering chandeliers and the architecture of the building is both breathtaking and inspiring, blending to make you appreciate the opulence of an era unfortunately long past.
There is a significant amount of history attached to the Midland Hotel, Bradford due principally to the fact that it played host to the rich and famous during its heyday, including Laurel and Hardy, Paul Robeson, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1905, the famous Shakespearean stage actor, Sir Henry Irving died on the main staircase after his appearance at the nearby Theatre Royal. He was attended by his manager Bram Stoker, better known as the originator of Dracula. A small plaque erected in Reception records the stay of another great entertainer, George Formby who performed at the Alhambra Theatre from 23rd to 28th September 1940. Almost every Prime Minister up to Harold Wilson stayed in the hotel.