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Bus travel to Bradford with megabus

Discover Bradford with megabus

While Bradford’s neighbour, Leeds, often steals the region’s limelight, the charms of this Yorkshire gem shouldn’t be overlooked. Once the wool capital of the world, the city has retained its rich Victorian heritage in areas like Little Germany. Salts Mill in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire, is a must for art lovers and shoppers alike. And there’s the 60-foot IMAX screen at the National Science and Media Museum, and the always-on Alhambra Theatre to tick off while you’re in town. Just whatever you do, don’t leave without dinner at one of the city’s award-winning curry houses. It’d be criminal to miss this as part of your Bradford coach trip.

Bradford: top 3 things to do

1. Spend time at Salts Mill

Salts Mill is a Grade II listed mill that combines art, dining and shopping in one place. Check out the David Hockney exhibition, pick up some contemporary jewellery, and enjoy coffee and cake in Salts Diner. Afterwards, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, a mid-19th-century industrial town.

2. Visit the National Science and Media Museum

TV addicts will love this impressive museum, which explores the history of photography, film and television over the past 150 years. Discover the science behind light and sound technology, and how it’s changed the face of media and entertainment. Then watch the latest blockbuster on the museum’s 60-foot IMAX screen.

3. Watch the drama unfold at the Alhambra Theatre

When it comes to putting on a show, the Alhambra Theatre does it with pizzazz. Built in 1914, this local treasure hosts musicals, comedy acts, drama performances and panto. Make it a night to remember with a pre-theatre meal at the glamorous Restaurant 1914, with views over City Park. 

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Bradford: getting around

Catch a coach to Bradford and you can usually expect free WiFi* and charging points*, so you’ll arrive with your phone charged and ready to go. To find out more about our onboard facilities – including a 20kg luggage allowance – take a look at our onboard facilities page.

Bradford is a pretty compact city, so you can walk to most of the main attractions. Stop by the Visitor Information Centre on Broadway, and grab maps and leaflets to find out what’s going on in the city.

If you’d rather catch the bus, plan your route via West Yorkshire Metro. For the University of Central Lancashire, it’s less than a 15-minute walk from where the megabus sets you down at Bradford Interchange.

Fancy venturing a bit further out? The buzzing city of Leeds is just 20 minutes away by train, and you can reach the spa town of Harrogate in an hour. For a taste of the great outdoors, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales are on your doorstep.  

Bradford: best for nightlife

A trip to Bradford wouldn’t be complete without ordering a curry. After all, it was named the UK’s ‘Curry Capital’ six years in a row. Head to Great Horton Road for the best selection of Asian restaurants. Local pubs come complete with a friendly Yorkshire welcome. Try the Shoulder of Mutton on Kirkgate – it’s a traditional British brewery with a suntrap of a garden.

Meanwhile, clubbers should make a beeline for the West End for cocktails and a lively night out. For live music, the Underground hosts local bands, whatever your music tastes. 

Bradford: best for shopping

If you want to splash the cash on high street names, The Broadway in the city centre is a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to more than 70 big name stores, including Topshop and H&M. The Kirkgate Centre also offers up recognised brands like Primark and New Look, while the Oastler Shopping Centre houses a popular market filled with fresh produce.

One of the newest additions to Bradford’s retail line-up is Sunbridge Wells. This unique underground maze has an eclectic mix of independent stores, bars and restaurants. The main entrance is behind City Park.

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Bradford for free: our top 3

1. Wander around Little Germany

During the 19th century, Bradford was the wool capital of the world. German merchants flocked to the city for a piece of the action, and Little Germany was built to house them. Most of the buildings in this district are listed – a fine example of Victorian architecture and a fascinating nod to Bradford’s heritage.

2. Visit Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

If you’re an art fan, Cartwright Hall should be on your list. This highly regarded art gallery houses contemporary exhibitions alongside 19th and 20th-century British art. Admire works by the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein, before heading outside into the stunning gardens of Lister Park. Jump on a bus from the city centre and you’ll be there in 15 minutes.

3. Explore Bradford Cathedral

Craving some peace and quiet? Head to Bradford Cathedral, the heart of Christian worship in the city since the eighth century. Points of interest include stained glass windows by William Morris, and intricate sculptures and embroidery. For fans of choral music, there are a number of concerts held at the cathedral throughout the year. 

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