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Bradford is a city steeped in heritage and brimming with culture

A vibrant, historical and cultural city, Bradford has a lot to offer. The third biggest city in Yorkshire, Bradford lies in the eastern foothills of the Pennines and is located between the major cities of Leeds and Manchester. Like many other northern towns and cities, Bradford rose to international attention as a centre of the textiles industry, being particularly well regarded for wool products. This resulted in Bradford becoming known as the ‘wool capital of the world’ or ‘wool city’.
The city has seen massive investment and today has a significantly important economy within the Yorkshire and Humber region. Bradford’s industry made it an attractive location for many immigrants in the 20th century, with the 1950’s seeing many people coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan. This has made Bradford a cultural melting pot with one in 1 in 4 residents describing themselves as Asian/Asian British ethnic origin, compared to under 1 in 10 people
on average in the rest of England. The diversity of the people in Bradford have gained the city a reputation for excellent international food restaurants and takeaways. It is often referred to as the ‘curry capital’ of the UK (which sounds more appealing than the ‘wool capital’!  Bradford has been awarded the UK City of Culture for 2025.

Bradford is a dynamic city brimming with energy. You are spoilt for choice whatever you enjoy – shopping, dining out or enjoying an evening of entertainment at one of the many theatres, cinemas and music venues across the region.