Bradford is one of northern England’s most multicultural cities, home to people from across the world. Yet 200 years ago it was a small provincial town. Its fortune was made thanks to wool, sandstone and soft water.
But that is only half the story.
Bradford’s development has been influenced by waves of settlers from different countries. From German merchants who helped Bradford become the ‘wool capital of the world’ to South Asian migrants who helped the city become ‘Britain’s Curry Capital’.
The story of Bradford is summed up in the city’s motto: progress, industry, humanity.
This walk explores these three themes and discovers a multitude of connections between Bradford and places around the world.
2 ½ miles (option for 1 mile extension)
Some steep streets on either side of the city centre to ascend and descend
- Suitable for:
Take care when crossing busy roads around the city centre
- Yorkshire and the Humber
- Towns & Cities
- Historic landscapes People in the landscape Built landscapes
- Bradford City Hall, Centenary Square
- Centenary Square Memorial Garden
- Getting there:
Nearest railway stations Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange
Bus and coach station at Bradford Interchange, Bridge Street
Easily accessible from the M606, a spur of the M62