When you book cheap car hire, Bradford becomes an excellent starting point for road trips in Yorkshire and beyond...
Bradford is a grand city and cultural beacon found in West Yorkshire. Located at the foothills of the beautiful Pennines and close to the city of Leeds, hiring a car in Bradford is the best way to explore both the city and its environs. Bradford is a UNESCO City of Film and highlights include the National Media Museum and Cartwright Hall.
As a city, Bradford is worth visiting at any time of year. Summers in Bradford are pleasant with average high daily temperatures of around 19C. Thanks to its diverse population many festivals and events are held here each year, including the Bradford Mela in June. Many visitors come for the Bradford International Film Festival, held in April each year.
Within the city the National Media Museum tells the story of the city's cinematic past and present whilst the IMAX is the place to catch the latest 3D films. The city centre boasts grand Victorian buildings alongside historic landmarks, including Bradford Cathedral and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, which are both worth a visit. Also don't miss The Impressions Gallery, a showcase for contemporary photography.
The city centre is home to the biggest urban water feature in the UK within its green City Park. Bradford is also famous for its delicious curries and no visitor should leave without sampling the local cuisine. Bradford has a fascinating industrial past and was once the world wool capital. The historic Little Germany area in central Bradford forms an important part of this history.
The nearest airport is Leeds and Bradford International Airport (LBA). Car hire options include picking up rentals from either the airport or downtown, in the city centre. The city centre, where many hotels are located, is a just six-mile drive from the airport. Travelling south from the city, the M606 and M62 takes drivers towards the cities of Wakefield, Halifax, Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester.
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So where will you decide to visit? There are plenty of options for day trips from Bradford, as well as journeys that venture further into this vast county of the north.
A short drive from the centre of Bradford is Bolling Hall, a part medieval building which houses a fascinating museum. A little further out is the Great Salt Mill, a UNESCO site in the Victorian model village of Saltaire. Here you'll find shops, galleries and eateries. Other highlights nearby include the Keighly and Worth Steam railway, to the north of Bradford.
Bronte Country is all around and is best explored by car. It's not difficult to see how this sometimes-barren, always-beautiful landscape inspired the works of the Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - especially Emily's 'Wuthering Heights'. Visit Haworth, their former village home and site of an interesting museum.
Bradford is also close to some beautiful open spaces, including the Yorkshire Dales to the north and the Peak District to the south. To the north of Bradford are the beautiful towns and villages of Wharfdale and Ilkley.
If Bradford's city amenities don't serve your needs, you can drive the short distance to Leeds (a 25-minute journey by road). Like Bradford, the city grew from a heavily-industrialised past and a booming wool trade and both experienced decline. Though the pair have blossomed into modern, cultural hubs, Leeds takes the lead when it comes to shopping, cool bars and restaurants, events such as opera and ballet, as well as the livelier nightlife scene.
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