Situated in the district of West Yorkshire, Bradford sits on the banks of Bradford Beck in the Pennines’ eastern foothills, home to the second-largest population centre in the county after Leeds.
Bradford has historically been renowned for success in international texture manufacture, being one of the earliest industrialised settlements and even becoming the ‘wool capital of the world’ during the 19th century. With such prolific access to supplies of coal, soft water, and iron ore, Bradford saw huge economic growth and an explosion in its population up to the mid-20th century, and today, the city’s economy is the third largest in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
As well as manufacturing and finance, tourism and media continue to be an integral part of Bradford’s economy. The city was the first UNESCO City of Film, housing attractions such as Bradford City Park, the National Science and Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, and the Alhambra Theatre, and has even won the designation for the UK City of Culture for 2025.
Bradford is also home to some stunning historic sights of architecture - the oldest building in Bradford is the cathedral, which was originally a parish church, and their Bolling Hall dates back as far as the 14th century, now preserved as a museum for residents and tourists to enjoy. The Bolling Hall is believed to have originally been a defensive structure during mediaeval times, but was eventually bought by the Bolling family to become a stately home.