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The City of Bradford has a population of approximately 300,000 and is part of the West Yorkshire conurbation, adjacent to Leeds and at the foothills of the Pennines close to the Yorkshire Dales. Originally founded by the Saxons, the name is a corruption of "Broad Ford", reflecting the watercourse which ran through the fledgling town.
The city expanded rapidly in the 19th century, based on the wool industry and was the wool capital of the world. The population grew from 16,000 to 100,000 in the first half of the 19th century and continued to expand. The legacy of Bradford's economic past remains today, it having over 5,800 listed buildings, with large mill complexes such as Lister's Mill (Manningham Mills) dotting the landscape and fine Neo-Gothic Architecture in the City Centre reflecting the city's importance.
The city has a diverse range of cultures, as many immigrants from County Mayo and Sligo in Ireland and Jewish wool merchants from Germany came to the city in the 19th century, people from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia came to the city during the second world war and latterly many South Asian immigrants came to the city in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly from the Mirpur area of Kashmir, but some from other parts of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
The traditional industries of Bradford declined during the 1970s and 1980s, so Bradford is now in the process of re-inventing itself. Bradford is UNESCO's first city of film and the city has a UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire.
=== By train ===
Bradford city centre has two railway stations, located about 15 minutes walk apart. If you are travelling from most places in London, North Lancashire, Greater Manchester, York and Leeds there are regular direct train services to Bradford. From other areas of the UK, the easiest option is often to travel into Leeds and then catch a connecting service into one of the Bradford stations (journey time from Leeds of about 20 minutes).
* '''Bradford Forster Square''' - Train from this station go to Leeds, Ilkley and Skipton.
* '''Bradford Interchange''' - Trains from Bradford Interchange go west to Manchester Victoria station, Blackpool North via Preston and Huddersfield and eastwards to Leeds and York. There are direct trains to London operating from the Interchange, but it is often easier to travel to London via Leeds. The Interchange is conveniently located next to the bus station.
==Get around==
===By taxi===
* <listing name="Bradford Town Taxis" alt="" directions="" address="78 Morley Street" phone="+44 (0)1274 636293 or +44 (0)1274 638751" email="" fax="" url="" hours="24/7" price="No call out charge"></listing>
* The City Centre has many taxi ranks, but it is often cheaper to call a private hire service in advance.
* '''Bradford University''' [] - one of the best schools for optometry, pharmacy is located on Richmond Road and digital media in England. It is also home to offers a world-renowned Department wide range of Peace
* <eat name="Akbars" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="£10" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A modern style curry house with contemporary feel and superb value for money. The restaurant is always packed - always book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. </eat>
* <eat name="Karachi Restaurant" alt="" address="15/17 Neal Street" directions="" phone="+44 (0)1274 732015" url="" hours="M-Th 11AM-1AM F-Sa 11AM-2AM" price="Mains roughly £4.50." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This cheap and cheerful Pakistani/Indian restaurant is a Bradford institution.</eat>
* <eat name="Kashmir Restaurant" alt="" address="25/27 Morley Street" directions="" phone="+44 (0)1274 726513" url="" hours="11AM - 3AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">. Excellent. Not just cheap - a main meal will cost including starter will cost about £6 per person. The oldest established curry cafe in Bradford. Absolutely phenomenal food. Recommended in the Rough Guide to Britain. [][]Known to locals. Easily the best curry in the UK</eat>
* <eat name="The Love Apple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Quality food and drink with full table service in a relaxed atmosphere, art exhibitions, music, dance and funky loving people.</eat>
* '''Mumtaz''' - Great Horton Road - a very good up-market Pakistani restaurant, whose 'out' department has supplied Harrods among others. []
* <eat name="Nawaab's" alt="" address="32 Manor Road" directions="" phone="+44 (0)1274 720731" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very average curry restaurant in Bradford, just up from Valley Parade. Portions are thankfully small but dull. Never packed. Relaxed atmosphere and good people watching; try the Nirali special.
* <eat name="Omar Khan's" alt="" address="30 Little Horton Lane" directions="" phone="+44 (0)1274 720030" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
* <eat name="Omar's" alt="" address="45 Stony Lane" directions="" phone="+44 (0)1274 641321" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Renowned for its "family sized naan" and "naan & curry challenge".</eat>
*<eat name="Native Land Restaurant" alt="" address="34 Great Horton Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="18:00-..." price="" lat="" long="">Great authentic Chinese food located nearby the Alhambra theatre. Make sure you order the aubergines. </eat>
* <drink name="Cork &amp; Bottle" alt="" address="Barkerend Road" directions="near cathederalcathedral" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Newly refurbished Refurbished in 2005 after several decades of dereliction. Oldest pub in Bradford now serves thirteen guest Ales.</drink>
* <drink name="Fighting Cock" alt="" address="21-23 Preston Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Best range of real ales in the city. Plus plus a great selection of specialist bottled beers.A 10 min walk out of the city centre but well worth it!</drink>
* <drink name="Sir Titus Salt" alt="" address="Unit B Windsor Baths, Morley Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good decor and a selection of ales available. Its a WeatherspoonsWetherspoons, so you know what to expect.</drink>
* <drink name="Sun Hotel" alt="" address="124 Sunbridge Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Long established gay pub. Gay clubs and & the most popular gay nights club in other clubs change on a regular basisBradford. Consult Yorkshire's gay paper Shout! [] for the latest listing. The most amazing gay club you could ever go to! It's the most popular gay club in Bradford. </drink> * <drink name="Walkabout" alt="" address="Glydegate Square" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
*<drink name="The Corn Dolly" alt="" address="10, Bolton Rd, Bradford, West Yorkshire" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A great pub just off the beaten track. A free house with a good amount of guest ales. Great food too.</drink>
*<drink name="The Shoulder of Mutton" alt="" address="28, Kirkgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1QL" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A little Samuel Smiths pub. All the regular Smiths' favourites on draft. A typical locals pub, in that if you aren't a regular, the people in there stare at you like you are some kind of freak until you leave out of fear. Traditional decor.And a great beer garden if you can figure out what time of the day the sun is overhead?</drink>*<drink name="Westleigh Hotel" alt="" address="28-30 Easby Rd, BD7 1QX" directions="" phone="01274727089+44 1274 727089" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A large pub/hotel near Dennis Bellamy Halls and other student accommodation, also close the university. Defiantly one of the cheapest freehouses free houses in Bradford. A lovely atmosphere with an eclectic mix of students and locals. Traditional decor, mostly friendly staff. Karaoke night every Tuesday and you get a free shot for every song. Help For Heroes Pubquiz Pub quiz every Thursday with a free meal at the end. They do a very nice Sunday roast for £5.00. Large smoking area out the front.</drink> 
There is a wide range of accommodation options in and around Bradford. Whether it is student accommodation for the college and university or businessmen and women.
*<sleep name="Mercure Bradford North Hotel" alt="" address="Bradford Road, West Yorkshire, BD16 1TU, Bingley" directions="" phone="Tel. +44 844 815 9004" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">2 miles from Bingley Railway station, the Bradford North Hotel is surrounded by Yorkshire's Bronte country. Guests at the Bradford North Hotel can take a short walk to the banks of the River Aire, and after enjoy a meal at hotels restaurant - The Brasserie.</sleep>
*<sleep name="ibis Bradford Shipley" alt ="" address="Quayside, Salts mill road. Shipley" directions="" phone(+44)1274/589333" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax">Located on the banks of the river canal, the ibis Bradford Shipley Hotel is a budget hotel in Bradford.</sleep>
*<sleep name="ibis Budget Bradford" alt ="" address="Prince Court, Canal Road, BD1 4SJ " directions="" phone="+44 844 815 9020" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+44 113 267 4410">Ibis budget Hotel Bradford is a low-cost hotel located in central Bradford.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
The city has a fairly high rate of crime, but not as high as some other large cities such as [[Leeds]] or [[Manchester]], use common sense and avoid wandering off the beaten track. If you come to an area that is rundown/derelict, heavily vandalised or has gangs of young males hanging around, you should turn around as you are probably in the wrong place. However the The area around the clubs (such as Revolution and Tokyo) near the city centre is suprisingly quietsafe, and you are unlikely to see much trouble, and they are the area is well-policed.
==Get out==

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