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Bradford is one of those places that unless you had the misfortune of being born here, you wouldn't choose to move here unless you were mentally inbalanced or very misinformed!
I (as you may have guessed) was born here, and after my parents decided to move me to a more affluent area in Leeds to go to high school, I had escaped. That is until I decided to move back! lol. When I decided to buy my first house when I was 20, I couldn't afford Leeds so moved back! I'm giving it a hard time here, it's not all bad, but Leeds is definately better.
For example, the nightlife in Bradford is absolutely pants - unles syou favour sticky floors, and lots of fights. The bars in Bradford also don't open mid week as in most civilised towns and cities over the UK.
Restaurants in Bradford are pretty hit and miss. If you like a good curry, come to Bradford but otherwise there is the usual Nando's, Frankie and Bennies, etc, etc but nothing unusual or exciting.
Bradford is home to Bradford Bulls and Bradford City and I'm absolutely rubbish with sport but think the rugby is more of a success than the football!
With regards to living here, the costs are pretty cheap, with the average 3 bed home costing around £140 k in one of the nicer areas. The further you get away from the centre the nicer it gets. I live in an area called Queensbury which has some beautiful views looking over the rest of the city, and is also next to a lovely village called Mountain!
Schools are pretty average here, with pass rates pretty average. Some schools are a lot worse than others.
Bradford is home to Bronte county, where the Bronte sisters were born in Thornton. We also have Haworth, and Ilkley which are both classed as Bradford although people that live there generally don't like people knowing that! Salts Mill and Saltaire are also here, which is a perfectly preserved Victorian village which is protected by the World Heritage Site.
Give or take a few museums, lots of immigrants, indian restaurants, and a controversy of a beautiful run down building in the centre (which the council bizarely want to knock down), and you've got Bradford. High crime rates and low property prices - A nice place to live? You decide!!
Bradford - what a hole. I went to Uni in Bradford seven years ago and hated every minute of living in there. After I graduated I swore I'd never go back there but, unfortunately, I had to go back on my word as a friend got married there last summer. After revisiting it, it was apparent that not much has changed. Okay, so there is more nightlife there now than when I was there but, honestly, Bradford City on a Saturday daytime seemed like a dead town.
I didn't visit Bradford before I went to Uni there and I got the shock of my life when I arrived. The place feels generally unsafe and my worst fears were realised. None of us went out alone, not even in the daytime. I witnessed endless incidents (cars being vandalised, people being verbally abused) and on the two occasions I ventured out alone after dark I was approached by gangs of threatening men (and actually followed home on one occasion). So that's a 100% rate of feeling like I wouldn't make it home alive. Add to that the fact that about half of the people I knew had been broken into (and our own house was almost broken into until one of us got woken and chased the burglar away) and you start to get the picture. Everyone that I was friends with used to go home every single weekend as they couldn't wait to get away from the place. The only thing that stopped me from doing so myself was lack of funds.
Besides all that, there isn't really much to do. There are only about 3 shops worth going in and the pubs are ok while the students are there but not much cop when they're not. The curry houses are plentiful and cheap but that's hardly a reason to live there. Leeds is about 10 or 15 miles away and that's where you'll end up spending all your time if you want to do some shopping. It's easy enough to get there on the train though, so no problem there.
The other major issue I had with Bradford is the number of tramps, and their attitude. I have never seen so many tramps in one place and they're really aggressive and pushy. If you don't give them money they often get angry and abusive. I don't think I left my home once in three years without being approached - yes, APPROACHED - by a tramp begging for money. In the end I used to carry a pile of 20p coins round with me for distribution purposes. Not what you want when you're a student.
The only positive thing I can say about Bradford is that it is cheap. Taxis only cost a few pounds and you could get a beer or a curry for a reasonable price. But all the cheap beer in the world would not encourage me to stay there.
Bradford is my home town, I have lived here all my life, to be honest its not actually as bad as some people make out. It does have its bad areas, but so does everywhere!
Its has two good sporting teams, Bradford City football, and Bradford Bulls for the rugby.
The shopping in Bradford isnt that great, but it does have most of the shops you need in the city centre of in the nearby Forster Square retail park. There is a regeneration programme that is supposed to be getting built with hundreds of more shops, but it seems to have come to a standstill!
There is a great museum, which is free, and its really good, its also home to the Imax cinema.
Bradford is home to some nice parks, Lister Park has recently been done up and has a large boating lake.
There are lots of nice little towns in the Bradford area. we have Saltaire, a historic heritage town, Shipley etc.
So all in all its not that bad living in Bradford, theres plenty to do for everybody, and Bradford is also the curry capital, so there is always somewhere to go for something to eat too.
I spent 10 years of my life in bradford and moved away 5 years ago and on a recent visit I can't believe how improved it is, there is plenty to do loads of things in you have kids, great shopping, brilliant bars and places to eat!! Bradford is turning into a great city - much to my suprise!
About Bradford: Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, its about 8 miles from Leeds and 14 miles from wakefield.
** Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world".The area's supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population size and a stimulation in civic investment; Bradford has fine Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.
Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following a boundary reform in 1974, the city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.
The textile sector in Bradford fell into a terminal decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the post-industrial north, including deindustrialisation, economic deprivation and housing problems. Since the 1950s Bradford has experienced significant levels of immigration, particularly from Pakistan, and consequently has the fourth highest proportion of Muslims in England and Wales. Since the decline in heavy industry, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, and Saltaire, which is a World Heritage Site.** taken from Wikapedia - not counted in final word count.
Due to these old industries bradford has some lovely buildings that have been converted into flats and the prices are bargains!! you can tell I now live further south!! Bradfords night life is fantstic loads of bars to choose from.
Lots for kids to do, the photography museam is great and free, there is also the industrial museam and the colour museam. Lister park is fab and when the boating pavillion is open it can make a good half day out if you take a picnic as well. There are a few soft play areas and cinema, bowling and skating all in the city centre and of easy reach! I highly suggest some southern city and towns take note of what bradford has done.
It used to be joked that Bradford was merely a convenient car park for Leeds. Not in my opinion - the increased range of boutique shopping aside, there is no reason i'd prefer the latter fpr the former.
Changes are afoot here in Bradford - with a billion or so pounds being pumped in to to transform huge swathes of 60's concrete into modern, light and trendy living.
We also have the National Media Museum, a very good afternoon out, some stunning architecture - the Wool Exchange, the Alhambra Theatre and the majestic Town Hall to name a few.
New and old sit side by side, combining a look to the future yet not forgetting the industrial heritage that made the city.
The people are no worse than in any other large city, and most days the bustle of enterprise drowns out any sense of dullness the painful traverse of the ring road brings.
Large populations of differing cultures live in the city, and whilst some have their own distinct communities, there is rarely tension, and the city benefits from the sharing of values and beliefs.
This site is an avenue through which opinions are passed. Why then do I read review after review lacking just that - opinion. Everybody wants to be too nice so as not to offend others. For instance on one of my ops regarding homelessness (shameless plug I know) and street begging, I launch an attack at the homeless, which though to most is quite harsh, is nevertheless my honest opinion. A few people rated it as merely 'useful' and I very much doubt this was for the quality of the review for this was one of my best reviews and I've received 100% 'very useful' ratings for far worse reviews. This was merely because people felt I was being harsh and thus disagreed with me. But surely disagreement is an inherent part of such writing. One thing in particular that I've noticed is that people tend only to write about places they like. I, however am going to tell you about a place I hate. I do not like Bradford. In fact I loathe it with a passion to the extent that I am ashamed to have it as a neighbouring city to that in which I live, Leeds. If you hoped for a well thought out, well structured, balanced travel op then you are likely to be disappointed. This is going to be a very immature, spontaneous outburst describing my dislike, my hatred for the city. Hell, I doubt it should be even categorised as travel writing. Just thought I'd warn you. Where shall we start? A bit of history maybe? I didn't bother with any research but I'll give it a go. Ok, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Bradford was one of the main industrial towns in England and certainly the prime industrial town in Yorkshire. Wool was, at that time one of the country's staple industries. (I don?t believe I am writing about wool. I assure you, I am cool.) Bradford was central to the wool trade as the wool was in fact processed there. Result? A place littered with old industrial mills, most of which are listed so cannot be knocked down. Instead, a
lternative uses are found for them with the exception of the Saltaire mill which houses many of David Hockney's works. However, there are many unnecessary buildings such as these ones, which serve to make the city ugly and bleak. The aerial view of the town is almost puke-worthy. Aside from this, the people of the town generally seem to reflect the miserable place. The place and people alike are gloomy. Have you ever seen the 'Droopy' cartoons? You know, that dog with the permanent, nobody-loves-me-and-I-have-no-reason-to-live expression upon his face who speaks as if a speed limit has been placed on his discourse (3 words per hour). Well this dog would outshine the majority of the people of Bradford. Furthermore, this dog doesn?t share the bad attitude of the citizens. On my most recent visit (about 2 years ago), a small boy, no more than 10 years old approached me ? 'Scuze me mate. You got 10p you can lend me?' (Incidentally I did. I had a hell of a lot of change. Almost more than my pockets could handle and I really wanted to get rid of it). 'No. Sorry.' 'Tight bastard.' How rude? Ok, I admit I was a erm, 'tight bastard' but he didn't know that. I wasn't surprised though. It was understandable within the context of such a city. God I hate this place. The town presents itself as having a multicultural community. This seems to be true for there is a great mix of people. The place has high ethnic population so that there is almost an equal balance with those of origin closer to home. However , despite this great mix, the citizens, in fact, do not mix. The different parts of the city each seem to be predominantly populated with one race group. For instance, the Parkside area is predominantly occupied by afro-carribean/black people, the Wibsey area by white people, the Frizinghall area by those with Asian origin and so on. I find it very hard to think of an area with equal
representation. One may say that this occurs in almost every city. However, in most cities, the division is somewhat natural as it is a division along the lines of wealth so that generally, the poor ethnic minorities occupy the inner city, and the wealthier, predominantly white population occupy the suburbs. In Bradford, this isn't necessarily the case. For one, there isn't such great contrast in the wealth of the people, as you would find in the prime cities such as London and Manchester. In Bradford, it would seem the people want to be divided. There is so much hatred. I mean did you see the scale of rioting in the city a couple of years ago? It is things such as this that have earned Bradford its bad reputation. Many of its inhabitants who (quite wisely) venture away from the city, on being asked where they are from simply say they live near Leeds, or as in my case, in Leeds. It's weird though that such a horrible city boasts the National Museum of Film and Photography, the biggest cinema screen in the Europe, the Imax and the biggest church in England, The Abundant Life Centre, where myself and another boy you may have heard of, Gareth Gates (shameless name-dropping I know) used to attend regularly. However, disappointment is also inherent within these landmarks. The museum becomes boring very quickly, the cinema shows endless documentaries about space as opposed to blockbuster films which really seems a waste, similar to the mal-use of the old mills and the church, despite its size and status nevertheless seems quite ordinary. It is certainly not as populated as it should be. It seems the powers that be in the city are playing sick jokes. Do not come, I mean do not go to Bradford. Oh yeah, and you're all too nice.
Last night there was more rioting in Bradford where the police took great casulties and many people were hurt. Many shops and cars were torched and lot's of asian owned shops were left alone. The police were short numbered and the rioters were mainly asians that were protesting against a NAZI march which should never have been allowed in such a highly tense and sensitive area. The rioters resent what they class as a mainly white and biased area and feel that they are segregated and lot's are on the dole unable to find jobs,many estates don't have a single asian family living there one family who tryed to move in were forced out by other residents. In past years younger asians have listened to their elders and resisted making a fuss but more and more young and fed up people are rioting and taking no notice of their elders,many people from the asian community are appealing for calm,and all is quite at the moment but police are expecting more trouble and say they will not be outnumbered next time. Something has to be done about this situation but what is the question on everybody's lips.
Bradford. I have lived here for about 18 months now. I have to say that at first, I absolutely hated the place but now, I merely dislike it. Why? Lets start with shopping, Bradford doesn't even have a Woolworth's! (doesn't everywhere have one?) You simply can't have a 'good day's shopping' in Bradford, every other shop unit is closing or closed. I agree with one of the other Dooyoo'ers comment that the Waterstone's here is quite possibly the most beautiful bookshop in the country. Which brings me on to architecture. The city hall is lovely, with carvings of past Kings and Queens most of the way around it. The Alhambra theatre, not classically English but very nice all the same. The National Museum of Photography Film and Television (why did they put this in Bradford anyway?) Isn't particularly nice too look at, which is a shame as it can be seen from quite a distance away. Bradford -City of Film, is it? The Odeon has closed and relocated out of town. When I came here it was from Newcastle, a city which according to a recent survey, is particularly violent. I spent almost 4 years in Newcastle and never had any problems, I can't even remember any particularly newsworthy trouble there (Slight demolition of the Bigg Market when Newcastle United lost the FA cup (again)). In the past 18 months I can recall 2 riots, about 4 shootings and a stabbing or two. There is so much racial unease here in the city, ranging from doubts about 'who's side the police are on' to outright Nazi sentiments regarding the Asian population as vermin to be rid of. The Asian populace always seems to be the favoured target for the finger of blame for why Bradford has declined so much since the 'good old days'. I have heard so many times that 'before they came' Bradford was some kind of Utopia. Very few people seem to accept that it is part and parcel of the decline of the traditional industries of wool and the mills
which are the major factors. Leeds, the neighbour and traditional rivals of Bradford seem to be doing so much better at coping without the mills than we are. What has gone wrong with the leadership of the local government and councils? I think some lessons need to be learned and some notes taken if Bradford is not to fall into complete chaos.
As my name suggests I*m from Bradford and quite proud of it,I*m an exile living in Scotland at the moment. People knock Bradford all the time Dark satanic Mills and all that,but that is part of its charm,the city fathers stopped knocking down those mills and old victorian buildings just in time.The culture of Bradford is something to be proud of,the mix of people in the city is amazing and contributes to a multicultural way of life.Food is a good example go for an Indian meal in Glasgow or Edinburgh and even in the cheap and cheerfull cafes you are looking at £25+ for a meal for two excluding drinks(chapatties 75p for one !). Some of the things I miss about Bradford are the aforementioned curries,cheap cabs,decent fish and chips and the pubs. Some Scottish friends worked there for a while and having shown them round they changed their opinion of the place,after a night of pubs and clubs and a curry at 4*o clock in the morning.
Bradford is a weird place. I do not live there; in fact I would not live there if I could help it, yet it a holds a strange fascination over me. I was born and raised in Huddersfield, a typical Yorkshire mill town about 15 miles away, and even from an early age was subjected to the local prejudices about Bradford. The only time any child from out of town would visit would be for the ice skating (I think the other nearest one is Manchester) or for the excellent and constantly improving National Film and Photography Museum. With only 2 things to see and do as a child it is no wonder that the other delights are overlooked. Admittedly, the centre does look run down. The city is in the centre of a few valleys and seems to collect the entire county's litter. I work at an old textile mill on the outskirts, and I have to walk through some of the less salubrious areas every day. Early in the morning the aroma can only be described as 'interesting'. The architecture is a curious mix of Victorian gothic and sixties monstrosities, and it seems that recently many have fallen into a simultaneous state of disrepair. One can only hope that when the scaffolding is removed, some of the former splendour has been restored. I can't write about Bradford without mentioning the curries. Bradford curries are the Manchester United of the culinary world - they have the largest number of fans from outside of the city who have never actually had one or even intend to visit. They do, however, deserve their reputation. The most famous restaurant has to be Mumtaz. This is a fantastic restaurant just on the outskirts of the city which unfortunately casts a great shadow over some of it's more central cousins. I will quickly recommend four others (in no particular order), all within 5 mins walk from the newly refurbished bus/train interchange. 1) The Kashmir (near the University)- this is a strange blend of restaurant and cafe with a real upstair
s/downstairs mentality. The same kitchen will provide the same menu to the restaurant upstairs (with nice chairs and tables) at a high price, and to the formica cafe downstairs at a VERY reasonable price. The curries are all great (and award winning) and the Garlic Naan is to die for. 2) The Rawaal (Behind the Kashmir) - a tiny little restaurant with a fantastic menu. Nothing really stands out, but it is one of those places that you want to go back and try everything on the menu. 3) The Balti Chef (Cheapside) - Everything they serve comes in a bloody great balti dish and seems to be bright red in colour, but they have an enormous menu. The Balti Chicken Achaar ranks as probably the best curry I have ever had. 4) The Shah-Jehan (Across from the ice-rink) - A lovely restaurant. You could take your mother there! Very smartly decorated, and the most unusual selection of dishes I have seen. Anyway, enough about curry (I do obsess!). There has been a recent resurgence in nightlife in Bradford. Around the university, and at the back of the Alhambra theatre there has developed a thriving area. There are around 30 restaurants/pubs and nightclubs packed into this small area. Believe it or not, but people do actually now suggest having a night in Bradford rather than looking elsewhere first. In conclusion, like any other industrial city, Bradford has its grime to contend with. It has its good and bad points. The people who live there are a cheerful and friendly bunch - it just makes me wonder that if they did not knock their own city as much as they do, then would the rest of the country?
I really can't understand why Bradford has the reputation it has. It could have something to do with Mr Bryson from the "lovely place" that is Iowa coming over and telling everyone what a hole it is. What he did was unfair and demeening, not to say untrue. Firstly, he judged the entire city on its centre and secondly he didn't open his eyes. It is quite apparent that he got told something, came over and just confirmed it. "Bradford," he says, "used to contain one of the best displays of Victorian architecture in the country, though you wouldn't believe it now". THE CHEEK! Yes, one or two buidings were knocked down in the city centre and replaced with concrete atrocities but the majority remained unscathed. Anyway, enough talk of Bryson, lets talk about the town. I honestly believe, even though I live here, that Bradford is the best city ever built. I would reccomend it to anyone who wanted to visit because it has everything anyone could want in a city. The town centre, although looks shoddy, is actually a brilliant place with beautiful Victorian buildings, especially the Alhambra, St Georges Hall, the Wool Exchange and most undoubtedly City Hall, Waterstones bookshop, which I think is probably the most beautiful bookshop in Britain (sited in the Wool Exchange), all the high street stores, although there are a few empty units, you'll find most stores you want here, two train stations should you want to leave (which I doubt) and loads more. However, there's more to a city than its centre and although people say Bradford's areas are dicey they are nothing but compared to neighbouring Leeds, I'd prefer to live in Ravenscliffe than Chapeltown any day. The areas in Bradford I'd reccomend the most are; Wibsey, to go on the famous "Wibsey Pub crawl" (start at the Gaping Goose, walk to Fair Road and down to the bottom of the High Street), Ilkley, for the moor and more upper-class shopping, Idle, just to
look at the famous "IDLE WORKING MENS CLUB" and many more places, just ask at the Information Centre in the Kirkgate Arndale Centre (above the escalator) and if theres a dizzy blonde there, tell her RICHARD SAID HI. While you're in the city centre, theres the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television which is well worth a look and free to enter, plus the first IMAX cinema in Britain which is only about 3 notes a piece, and a thousand decent curry houses to round the evening off, plus LOADS of nightlife. And I forgot to mention Salts Mill in Saltaire, brilliant picture galleries (free) and cosmopolitan shops. You'll never get bored in Bradford. I would mention my website for ideas of things to do, but advertisings not allowed. You should NEVER get bored in Bradford!
Being a Bradfordian and proud of it is not the most uncommon of things as it is, all too supprisingly for most people, a very nice city but has poor PR. Smack bang in the middle of the country and along major road and rail networks, and its own International Airport (which we let Leeds use too), with history, industry, countryside, and culture in abundance, some might say that it should be a bigger place, especially for tourism, than it is. Perhaps it falls down due to it being so close to bigger places, like Leeds and Manchester, and places more historically noted and promoted, like York, but I would urge anyone to visit here, and challenge them to not have a good time. What do you want? Bradford's got it! Well, maybe not the sun or the beach, but it has got historic Haworth, with the Bronte Parsonage and haunted hotels, and an excellent village to visit, with many interesting places to visit. It has the countryside, a short drive are the Pennines and the Dales (which have become so popular with tourists that you will find sign posts in, among other languages, Japanese). The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television is here, with the IMAX cinema, and new films and exhibitions are opening constantly. It has a permanent exhibition of local artist David Hockney's work at the Saltaire Mill, which reguarly hosts plays by, among others, Tony Harrison, the Leeds born poet and playwright. For top class sport we have the Premierships' new boys Bradford City, and Rugby League's Challenge Cup holders the Bradford Bulls, one of the best and most successfull teams of recent times. For nights out, Bradford is a lively City with several top class night spots, and benefits from its multi-cultural population in food especially, being Bradford's Curry Capital, a taste that ecery visitor should try. If you are thinking of studying at the University or College, Bradford has been proved to be the safest city in which to live whil
st studying, both personally and possesions wise. True, it has its run down areas, but you tell me about a city that doesn't, and in recent years, Bradford Council has cleaned up its act immensley, and the City's Centenary brought with it, among other things, the picturesque Centenery Square, right in the heart of the city centre. This is shown by Bradford's entrance into the contest to become the European City of Culture, and it has a good chance of winning. So, if you're bored and have a free day or two, come and try us, you won't be dissapointed.
Bradford is a shit hole. I?m sorry but it has to be said. I have lived here for 20 years and have had enough. The shops are crap, just high street rubbish, and the nightlife is probably the worst in northern England. You have a choice of about three clubs. Two play 80s trash and the other plays cheese dance. With the latest spate of gang violence that has occurred it is no longer safe to walk the streets at night. In the day there is also a chance of being mowed down by one of the hundreds of taxi drivers patrolling the streets. I think Bradford should be burned down and rebuilt and at the moment should be avoided at all costs. If you are ever passing through then drive very fast!
Bradford is a good place for two things - curry and curry. It's a grimy city but is on the up and up with the West End of it being transformed over the last few years into an array of pubs and clubs and the emmergence of the football team. You won't be lost if you're a curry fan either because there is lots of it here. You can go anywhere in Bradford and find a curry house not to far away. I wont be living in Bradford for that much longer because it is pretty dead in comparison to its neighbour Leeds which is one of the best places to live in the country at the mo. It's got a few attractions in the form of the National Museum of film and Photography and, yes you've guessed it, a wide variety of curry houses. Possibly worth a visit for a night out!
Bradford is a great place for a weekend away. Trust me there is so much to see and do, first visit the National Museum of Photography Film and TV, it's FREE and is brilliant. Bradford has had IMAX (the huge cinema format) for well over 15 years now, and is well worth a view. After that pop for a curry, yes obvious but a must do. The area behind the Photo museum and Alhambra Theatre is a vertiable Curry Heaven. Many are very basic, with wipe clean table cloths and the like but serve absolutely pukka currys. Shopaholics might find Bradford little lacking in shops but never mind that, get of to Saltaire and visit the David Hockney Gallery (again it's Free) and then off to Haworth where the Bronte Sisters grew up. Back in the city for some boogieing? An array of towny clubs would probably be best avoided, but try the Queens Hall for something a bit more down to earth. Visit Bradford, you'll have a larf!
A historic Yorkshire city, Bradford became a municipal borough of the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897.