A flourishing arts and cultural scene


Fine dining, a Yorkshire ale or the theatre? The choices are endless.

For those in the know Bradford is quickly gaining a reputation for its cultural scene with the district’s numerous art, film, theatre and museum attractions.

The first UNESCO City of Film, widely known for the National Media Museum and the UK’s first IMAX cinema is host to the annual film festival which brings global stars to the city.

The District is home to some of the most exciting museums and galleries in Yorkshire, from the Baroque splendour of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery to the intimacy of Ilkley's Manor House Museum and Art Gallery. The district has some of the UK’s leading independent venues providing space for new cutting edge artists such as the Impressions Gallery, which hosts collections from today’s leading photographers.

Bradford’s West End is known for the beautiful Alhambra theatre, one of the north’s premier theatre venues. The theatre is one of a number of top venues including St George’s Hall, King’s Hall and The Studio which host everything from ballet, touring West End shows and pantomime to comedy and music gigs.

Bradford’s cultural diversity is reflected in its wide range of cuisines and restaurants. Not many districts can boast to have a Michelin star French restaurant and be named the UK's Curry Capital for the last five consecutive years! With restaurants including Ilkley’s Box Tree, Mumtaz and Akbar’s, it’s little wonder Bradford can.

For those who like things more traditional, Bradford has a wide range of fine Yorkshire ale pubs. More and more microbreweries are popping up across the region with West Yorkshire home to the highest concentration in the country – 96 in fact. The Saltaire Brewery has a reputation for producing some of the country’s finest ales with its popularity soaring nationally. And where better to sample fine food and drink? Throughout the year the district comes together to put on the finest food and drink, music, crafts and arts festivals. Events including Bingley Music Live, Keighley Beer Festival and Ilkley Literature festival are just a selection.

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