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bradfordBradford UK, located in West Yorkshire in the north of England, isn't your typical tourist city. Very much an industrial city, many might scoff at the idea that tourists might want to visit, but in truth, Bradford is home to a host of intriguing attractions and can be found on the doorstep of some of the region's most scenic settings. The city is readily connected to the city's motorway network, offering easy passage from local cities like Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, as well as London and other long distance locations. Bradford's two main railway stations (Bradford Interchange, Forster Square) offer connections to London, Leeds and beyond. Meanwhile, Leeds Bradford International Airport - located six miles north of the city center - welcomes UK and European flights daily. Visitors looking to find a great deal on a hotel won't be disappointed. Bradford accommodation (including chain hotels, independent hotels, hostels and B&Bs) is generally less expensive than some of its neighboring cities. Most accommodation establishments can be found in the city center or near to the city's main transport routes. Bradford's city streets feature a host of interesting and historic buildings for visitors to see. Take a self-guided walking tour of the center and check out the likes of Bradford City Hall, Bradford Cathedral, Cartwright Hall and Bradford Alhambra. All offer impressive yet very different architectural designs and are well worth a photo or two. Despite being primarily and industrial city, Bradford is home to some beautiful green spaces. Spend an afternoon in Horton Park, Peel Park or Lister Park. You'll find Cartwright Hall in the latter, making for a double-whammy of tourist delight. Other popular attractions in the city include the National Media Museum, Bradford Industrial Museum, the Peace Museum and Bolling Hall. For sports fans, Valley Parade is home to Bradford City Football Club, while Odsal Stadium is home to Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club. bradfordOne of Bradford's biggest tourist draws is its connection to the world of renowned novelists the Bronte sisters. From Haworth village in the city, visitors can enjoy a lengthy tour taking in various spots associated with the Brontes, including the magnificent farmhouse, Ponden Hall, and the ruins of Top Withens, both of which are purported to have offered inspiration for 'Wuthering Heights' and other works. The Bronte Parsonage Museum is a must-see for fans. The village of Haworth is also home to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage railway line that allows visitors to enjoy a five-mile steam train journey. This particular slice of nostalgia is regularly quoted as being the region's top attraction. Thanks to its West Yorkshire location, visitors will find Bradford also offers easy passage to Leeds and other city locations in the region. It also provides access to the Peak District (to the south) and the Yorkshire Moors (to the north). The latter are particularly popular with Bronte fans. Both offer some of the most magnificent scenery you'll find in all of the United Kingdom. Bradford is a busy city year round but tourists tend to visit only during the summer months, when the weather is much more likely to be pleasant.

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