OK So I've rewritten my opinion to tell you more about the great city that is Bradford.
~History of Bradford~
Bradford has been a settlement since the early 1600's but only started really growing after about 1850 during the industrial revolution, and grew to such an extent it was incorporated only 47 years later as a city, in 1897 with a population of only 125,000. Way after this, in the 1970's, towns such as Keighley
, Shipley, Bingley and Baildon came under the umbrella of Bradford Council thus widening the culture and attractions in Bradford. Many films have been shot here, such as Rita Sue & Bob too and Billy Liar, hence the title "City of Film".
~OK so we've had the History lesson, but whats in it for me?~
Well, that depends what you want! Bradford has a wide array of educational establishments, clubs, pubs, shops (YES! SHOPS), parks, theatres, history and architecture; something, in short, to suit anybody.
~But I've heard so much bad stuff about this city!~
Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumours surrounding Bradford that are mostly untrue. Firstly, there is the rumour that Leeds (hereafter referred to as L666s) is a better place full stop. Leeds is the city of the devil and should be avoided at all costs. Secondly, there is the rumour that Bradford is a violent place. Again, untrue. If you heard about the Bradford riots, well done, it was plastered all over the telly
. You couldn't have missed them (and besides, most of the NF was visiting from other cities, not Bradford and so the riots had very little to actual Bradfordians) But what about the L666s riots? They got the last spot on the local radio news. Unfair media slant? I think so. A thrid misconception is that Bradford is full of flat caps and whippets so to speak. Bradford is actually buzzing, and is one of the most diverse cutural cities in the world and most of the time everyone gets on in harmony. Hope that cleared things up a little ;)
~Go on then, convince me~
If Bradford isn't a decent place, why are there so many hotels? People must, therefore want to visit (for reasons outlined below). We have many big hotel names, such as Hilton, Quality and Hanover, and also smaller guest-houses such as Dubrovnik, Cherry Tree Lodge and Howard House.
~So what EXACTLY can I see?~
"Bradford used to have
the finest display of
Victorian architecture in
the country, not that you'd
think it now"
-Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island
First thing to say to that is, What a load of bollocks! I am now going to take you on the RICHARD KILLIP VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF BRADFORD CITY CENTRE, which, should you ever visit, I suggest you follow and look for yourself.
1) Place yourself in Centenery Square
and notice the CITY HALL in front of you, or behind you, or to your right or left, dependant on which way you are looking. Look towards City Hall so it is in front of you. Notice the attention to detail, the carvings of the Kings and Queens
on the walls and the italienette spier.