Bradford is located in the foothills of the Pennines, with a population of nearly 300,000. It grew to significance in the 19th century as an international centre for textile manufacture. After falling into decline in the mid-20th century, Bradford saw a resurgence in the modern age as a tourist destination. With excellent roads connecting towns and cities in the area, Bradford is an ideal city to visit while travelling by rental car in the UK. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car hire in Bradford is both easy and economical.
Bradford has numerous historic sites you should be sure to visit. Cathedral Church of St. Peter dates back to the 14th-century and is the oldest building in the city. Bolling Hall is one of the few other medieval structures still standing and has been preserved as a museum. Be warned - legend has it the Bolling ghost lurks within the manse!
For examples of fine Victorian architecture, be sure to visit the City Hall with its notable landmark bell and clock tower, or the Wool Exchange Building. Built between 1864 and 1867, the Gothic-style structure was once the centre of the town's wool trade. It now houses Waterstone's Books, Starbucks coffee shop, and several restaurants.
Visitors interested in art and culture should spend the day at National Media Museum, dedicated to cinema and movies and the most visited museum outside London. It contains an IMAX screen and the Cubby Broccoli cinema. The main art gallery in Bradford can be found within the Edwardian Cartwright Hall in Lister Park. If the indoors have you feeling like a breath of fresh air is in order, indulge in one or more of the 37 parks and gardens within Bradford!
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