What Is There To Do In Bradford?

The district of Bradford is bursting with things to do. From the bustling city centre to the towns and villages of Ilkley, Howarth, Keighley and Saltaire; the area truly has something to do for everyone.

If you are thinking about relocating to the Bradford area, or you already live in Bradford but are considering moving to a different area within the district, we may be able to help.

Accent Housing is a housing association offering a wide range of affordable housing in Bradford and surrounding areas. Having so many tenants currently living in Bradford means we know a thing or two about the area, including what there is to do in Bradford.

Best Things To Do In Bradford For Kids

Bradford has plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The National Science and Media Museum, for example, is always a hit with the whole family.

Children can enjoy the impressive interactive galleries, games lounge and Pictureville; which features the biggest, most immersive IMAX in West Yorkshire showing educational films for children. The museum also hosts regular events tailored to children.

If you have a family of adrenaline seekers, you’re going to love TeamSport – one of the UK’s top indoor go-karting attractions. It features a 580m, multi-level go-karting track offering “G-force bends, supremely fast straights and heart-thumping ramps”. It’s the perfect location for an exciting birthday party, celebration or simply an exhilarating day out with the family.

Shipley Glen Tramway is a firm favourite for the whole family. With a scenic on the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain, everyone from grandparents to toddlers enjoys the tramway.

Bradford is also home to an ice rink, bowling alleys, soft play areas and laser tag. Gamers will love the new VR-Immersion entertainment centre in Queensbury. And if you’re looking for something a little different, the Murder Mystery Treasure Trail is a fun day out for the whole family and a great way to explore Bradford.

things to do in Bradford for families

Best Historic & Cultural Things To Do In Bradford

Bradford has an impressive industrial heritage and a variety of stunning Victorian architecture to enjoy, including the Grade I listed city hall, which has a beautiful clock tower rising 220ft above the skyline. The Bradford Industrial Museum and Boiling Hall are popular attractions for heritage lovers.

The 500 year old Bradford Cathedral is another must-see, as is Little Germany. A visit to the historic and charming village of Howarth is a great day for the whole family. Home of the famous Brontë sisters, Howarth’s picturesque cobbled streets will have you feeling like you’d taken a step back in time.

Enjoy a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, enjoy a walk along the rugged moors that surround the village, or find hidden treasures in the independent shops and boutiques.

If theatre is your thing, you will love Alhambra Theatre, the top touring venue in the North. It features a jam-packed schedule of varied entertainment including ballet and opera, comedy, musicals, drama and Yorkshire's biggest panto.

Salts Mill is also a must-visit. This spectacular historic building is a place for “arts, shopping and dining”. It features a calendar of historic and cultural and events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Best Outdoor Things To Do In Bradford

Although it is situated between two key cities (Leeds and Manchester), Bradford also boasts a wide variety of outdoor attractions that nature-lovers will enjoy.

The city features several excellent parks and green spaces, including 6 parks that have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. Lister Park and Peel Park are firm favourites with Bradford’s residents and visitors. St Ives Estate in Bingley is an amazing Country Park with woodlands, open moors, a wildflower meadow and walking paths.

The breath-taking landscape of the Ilkley Moors is perfect for walking, hiking and scrambling. And the rock climbers will love the Cow and Calf rocks. If you love cycling, the beautiful parks, trails and cycling lanes make Bradford a cycler’s paradise.

If you want to witness the steepest staircase locks on the longest canal in the country, head to Bingley Five-Rise Locks. Or if you would like a day out for the whole family, head to Tong Garden Centre just outside of the city. It features Grass Hoppers, an excellent outdoor play centre for the little ones.

Finding An Affordable Home In Bradford

If you are looking to rent an affordable home in Bradford, Accent Housing may be able to help.

We have a range of properties available in Bradford and surrounding areas. You can search for our currently available properties in Bradford using our Search Function.

If we don’t have a suitable property available, be sure to check frequently as new homes are regularly added to our system.

If you register for a Let's Move account with us, you will be able to set up alerts for homes in Bradford. You will also be able to bid on homes that are available through a choice-based letting scheme.

Get In Touch

Our team are always on hand to help you. If you would like more information about finding a home in Bradford, you can email the Accent Housing team at customerservices@accentgroup.org, call us on 0345 678 0555 or use our online contact form here.

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