BRADFORD COACH HIRE
Hire a Coach to Visit Bradford
Lying in the foothills of the Pennines, west of Leeds in West Yorkshire is the city of Bradford. A municipality of a half million and a metro area three times that many. Once a boom town for the industrial revolution, the town is now a boom town of the new economy. A new home for immigrants from around the world makes it one of the most diverse communities in England, bringing with them an energy that has invigorated the city.
So whether you are coming to town for the day or a month, you’ll find there is plenty to keep you occupied. The city has become a major destination for locals and visitors who are looking to escape London for the countryside. As such, roads can become clog and traffic a headache if you’re not sure exactly where you are going. For those considering a group trip or family reunion, think about the advantages of a coach for your get together. You can leave all the details to professionals at GOGO Charters and concentrate on what you are going to do once you get there.
One of the city’s chief treasures is its well preserve architecture. As an early benefactor of the industrial revolution’s great accumulation of material wealth, the city has many Victorian structures in the city center including the grand Italianate City Hall, Paper Hall and the Wool Exchange. Much of the best architecture is near an old commercial district known as Little Germany. Next to Little Germany you will find the Cathedral of St Peter, a site where Christians have worshiped since the 8th Century. Strangely enough, probably the best example of Victorian architecture can be found at the Undercliffe Cemetery northeast of town where many of the city’s industrial barons wanted to put their wealth on display long after their death. The city also has a number of exquisite old hotels that date back to the mid-1800s, including the Victoria Hotel and the Midland Hotel which have been recently renovated.
The city takes pride in its heritage and maintains a number of fine museums and galleries. Its central square is where people meet and relax in the city and feature Mirror Pool. It is also home to the city’s top exhibit, the National Media Museum
. The museum chronicles the history of modern broadcasting. The museum tells the story of development of media from photography to digital technology with plenty interactive exhibits that allow visitors to be part of the show. There is also a large art gallery located about a mile from downtown at Cartwright Hall, a large Baroque structure located in Lister Park
The city was also home to an early experiment in social planning which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the mid-1800s, Titus Salt moved all of his milling operations to this site where he built a model community for his workers along the river Aire. The experiment, known as Saltaire Village
, is open to the public and the meeting house is a popular spot for concerts. Next to the town are the Salt Mills which were the largest industrial buildings in the world when built and have now been turned into a complex for art galleries and restaurants.
The city has a proud sporting tradition offering many spectator sports. The Bulls play at the Grattan Stadium and have won several recent Rugby Football League Championships. It is also home to a number of rugby union clubs—Salem is based in the Heaton area and Wibsey RFC, who play on the south side of town. There are many public recreational facilities available to the public, including the Richard Dunn Sports Centre located near Grattan Stadium and the sports facilities at the university
are also open to the public at certain times.
While much of the area around the city has become a bedroom community, there are beautiful national parks and historical landmarks only a short distance away and can be reached via coach hire for your group. The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the adjoining Nidderdale Area of Outstanding National Beauty are only about a half hour from town and offer an infinite number of trials. One of the city’s favorite spots for an outing is Baildon Moor
which is only three miles from the city center. Baildon Moor has shown evidence of Bronze Age inhabitation with numerous prehistoric cup and ring marks and the remains of an Iron Age encampment known as Soldier's Trench. The Moor’s textile buildings have now been turned into a bar and bakery. Weekends are a perfect time for people to head north of town to Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal where visitors can still see boats magically rise up the canal.
Part of the city’s heritage is the history of rail development in England. A popular day outing from town is to take a trip on one the historical railway that operates in the city. Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society Limited
operates restored steam engines from the 1800s and will take you for a day of unadulterated pampering on their restored luxury Pullman cars that will take you around the countryside.
Bradford has an active art scene with the distinction of becoming the first community to be named a UNESCO City of Film. It celebrates it film heritage with festivals and film projects. The Bradford Big Screen
downtown near Mirror Pool is a favorite spot for special screening and creative exhibition. Many film exhibitions are also held at the city’s university.
The central city has a number of performance venues. In the heart of downtown lies St George's Hall which is the oldest concert hall in England and the third in Europe. Many performances are also held at the grand Alhambra Theater was built in 1914 and now hosts touring companies and international shows. Many times on summer evenings and on weekends you will find concerts being held at historic Roberts Park across from the Saltaire Village. For those feeling lucky, they can try their luck at one the two casinos that are located downtown, the Napoleon and Grosvenor.