CORONAVIRUS : LATEST INFORMATION AND ADVICE

Last updated: 01 September 2020.

Bradford & Ilkley Visitor Info Centre remain closed to the public. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the team via email: bradford.vic@bradford.gov.uk or follow us on social media @visitbradford.

Please follow local restriction guidance what you can and cannot do

Attractions & Events

Bradford Museums and Galleries are beginning to reopen to the public, check here soon for updates and information.  You can still enjoy your favourite attraction from home with virtual tours, videos and more.

Bradford Industrial Museum and Cartwright Hall are open : Tuesday to Friday, 10:00-14:00, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 15:00.

Cliffe Castle Museum – TBA.
Bolling Hall Museum – TBA.

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is now open.  Please book FREE Museum Admission or Cinema Tickets (From 17 September) online in advance.

Impressions Gallery delighted to be re-opening on 2 September 2020 with a new exhibition, Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature.  Premiering at the gallery before moving on to galleries in Exeter and Scotland.  The exhibition features the work of five artists responding to global efforts to save plants from extinction.

Salts Mill will be open every weekend (Friday to Sunday) throughout September, with a number of social distancing guidelines.  Its opening hours each day are: Salts Diner, 1853 Gallery, book & poster shop open 9-4 Fri; 9-5 Sat & Sun.  Need more info on what’s going on? See RE-OPENING: FAQS

The Brontë Parsonage Museum and shop is now open.  Going forward admission to the Museum will only be by the purchase of a timed ticket via ‘on-line pre-booked ticketing system’.  

Plan ahead and make the most of your visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.  As part of a phased reopening, pre-booked return journeys use private compartments. These seat 1-6 people, and on Sundays operating vintage and First Class stock rarely used on the Railway.

CANCELLED EVENTS: Many events have been cancelled or postponed, please double check with the organisers for events later in the year.

Leisure & Hospitality

The two metre social distancing rule will be relaxed to one metre plus. Where it is possible to remain two metres you should continue should do so, but where this is not possible it should be a ‘one metre plus’ policy.

Restaurants and pubs can open from 4 July. Indoor hospitality is limited to table services and contact details will need to be collected from customers. 

Restaurants and cafés are gradually opening, please check directly with your chosen restaurant or café for menus and opening times before travelling. There are plenty of options for takeaway anddelivery. Show your support for local businesses while social distancing. Here are a few delicious ideas.

From 4 July : People will be free to stay in self-contained accommodation including hotels, B&Bs, and campsites – so long as shared facilities can be kept clean.

You can now book Thornwood Alpaca treks, meet & greets and other experiences. Book an adventure, alpaca experiences from July 4th 2020.

Escape to the moors – with Bronte Adventures. Book a 9 mile guided walk across Haworth Moor to all key Brontë landmarks and beauty spots – every Saturday £10pp.

Shopping Information

Shops reopen look out for social distancing measures including information signs, queuing aids and way finding materials.

Shoppers are being asked to adhere to the distancing rules, use contactless payment where possible and avoid public transport.

Face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces in England – this includes shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices. It extends to train and bus stations and airports.

Customers must wear a face covering before entering any shop and keep it on until they leave.

Check out Bradford & District retail information.

Public Toilets

Some, but not all public toilets will be open in Bradford district. Ilkley Town Council have reopened the public toilets in the main Ilkley car park, and Riverside with Covid-19 measure in place. Haworth Central Park Toilets, open Tuesday to Sunday 12.00 to 16.00* times may vary.

Travel & Transport

We are strongly urging people to consider whether their journey is necessary before using public transport and to consider cycling or walking as an alternative to public transport where possible.

Government guidelines require people to wear a face covering on public transport with exemptions for the very young and those with disabilities or breathing difficulties.

For regular updates to bus and rail services see: wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-travel-alerts/service-updates/

National Express: Travel with confidence – Our coaches are back on the road and we’re regularly adding more stops and services. See where you can go on our service updates page and find out about the changes we’ve made to keep you safe on our coronavirus safety page.

Outdoor Information

North of England: local restrictions – GOV.UK

In line with the national guidance, you can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than 6 people, unless the group includes only people from 2 households. You cannot meet people you do not live within a private garden.

At all times, you should socially distance from people you do not live with – unless they are in your support bubble.


Stay alert

Help control the virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.Read more about what you can and cannot do

Further Resources

Visit the Bradford Council website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the  National Heath Service (NHS) website

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult and uncertain time.  We hope you will continue to support tourism in Bradford & the district.