Bradford City – UK – Photos

Bradford by night

Bradford by night

Bradford City was once considered to be the wool capital of the world.  It still has a very strong textile presence and I go there regularly to buy fabric from Fabric Freedom.  Usually I arrive in Bradford, spend a very happy hour in a warehouse filled from floor to ceiling with fabric, and then head for home.

Last week, however, I decided to stop overnight and have a look around the city.  What a lovely surprise this was.  The centre of Bradford is lovely.  There are loads of listed buildings and it’s a real pleasure to wander amongst them.




Bradford City Hall

Bradford City Hall

The Victorian town hall, shown above at night time, is just as impressive by daylight.  I have since found out that the building is open for tours at certain times – I’ll certainly try and do that next time I’m in Bradford. In one window I saw a large sign saying Police Museum and at first I thought that this meant the entire building, which would have been a very impressive museum!

Bradford Statues

Provident statues

Provident statues

This whole area is for pedestrians only which means you can take your time and meander all over the place.  When I came across these delightfully unusual  statues I thought that they must be very old.  In fact they were completed in 1986.  They represent the Provident Insurance company and customer.  They stand outside the former financial headquarters of the Provident.

Chair and clock statues

Chair and clock statues

Only a few streets later I came across another quirky set of statues.  These were a chair and clock in stone.  They are on Chapel Street and I would imagine they once stood inside a chapel or church.

Alhambra Theatre

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While we were there we watched a show at the lovely Alhambra Theatre.  This is named for the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.  The theatre is beautiful from the outside and very rich and luxurious inside.  We had a magical evening there watching a Beatles tribute band.

Bradford City cathedral

Bradford City cathedral

Bradford Cathedral

I can’t resist cathedrals when I’m on my travels – always hoping for more floor tile designs to use in quilts!  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this one.  It’s not as imposing from the outside as some cathedrals, but it suits the city somehow.

Cathedral interior

Cathedral interior

Inside, the cathedral didn’t disappoint.  Lots of gorgeous soaring spaces and a wonderful feeling of peace.

Bradford City turned out to be an unexpected treat.  It’s in Bronte country but I didn’t make it to the Bronte museum – plenty left for my next visit there.