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.
Why not take a guided walking tour of the City? Nigel Grizzard, conducts walks around the Historic Bradford City Centre and around the Bradford District if you have the time! In the City Centre see the sights featured in the world's first Unesco City of Film, Little Germany - Bradford's Historic Merchant Quarter, the fabulous legacy of Victorian Architecture from the days when Bradford was the Wool Capital of the World and much, much, more.Tours last from 1.5 hours and can be arranged at a time to suit your group. Contact Nigel on 07798 855 494 or visit Yorkshire Heritage Walks for more information.