Short break & weekend break inspiration for the year ahead!

Get inspired. Be spontaneous. Make your next adventure Bradford & District.

Literary inspired weekend

Head off the beaten track and walk in the footsteps of the Brontë sisters in Haworth. Its rugged setting inspired famous novels like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Rolling hills and rugged moors and there’s no better way to explore this epic landscape than on foot, choosing from a myriad of walker-friendly pubs to stop in for a pint of local ale. A highlight is the Brontë Parsonage Museum. When the Brontë Parsonage Museum reopens on February 1 it will host a year-long exhibition entitled Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Emily’s birth.

Take an art road trip

Discover David Hockney art, see the large iconic pool scene ‘Le Plongeur’ at Cartwright Hall. The Cartwright Hall art gallery is now the home of Hockney’s earliest work and has a significant number of works created at Bradford School of Art between 1953-57 before he went to the Royal College of Art, London.

Down the road, Salts Mill is the location for one of the world’s largest collections of Hockney work in the 1853 Gallery. It is also located in the wonderfully evocative UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire which adds to the atmosphere and is the perfect place to spend a day.

Get ready to admire art, film, sculptures and other art forms in fantastic locations across Bradford.

TV & Film inspired days out

Bradford is famously the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Many areas of Bradford provide magnificent backdrops for popular television programmes and film sets.

The cobbled streets of Little Germany, Bradford’s Mirror Pool and inner-city high rises have all featured in big budget dramas. Bafta-nominated Peaky Blinders – filmed at locations such as Undercliffe Cemetery, Peel Park and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The iconic Salts Mill and streets of Saltaire are commonly used for filming period dramas. So why not pay them a visit and walk in the footsteps of your favourite actors.

Enjoy a beer adventure

Say cheers! Beer lovers can enjoy the sights and sounds of all that the district has to offer, while sampling some delicious real ales.

Top Tip! Take a voyage of discovery at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway, pop into a Timothy Taylor inn along the way and sample some delicious real ales.

Bradford is part of the real ale revolution and has an abundance of real ale bars and craft beer houses. Microbreweries are springing up all over Bradford, 23 of the district’s breweries made it into the 2018 Good Beer Guide. Sunbridgewells – an underground complex of bars and new venues on North Parade being the place to be, with numerous independents, we are spoilt for choice!

 Get on your bike …

Heading out on two wheels is a great way to explore Bradford & District. An obvious choice for cyclists is to ride a section of the Tour de Yorkshire. The route passes through large areas of Bradford district including Ilkley and Haworth. Enjoy the stunning scenery, The Tour de Yorkshire returns in May and sees the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf, Ilkley.

There is so much to see and do in Bradford & District. For practical information to help you plan your visit. Find accommodation, Visitor Information Centres & travel advice at

‘Happy New Year’