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planning your visit: visit Bradford

Bradford is the world's first UNESCO City of Film and is one of the UK's most up and coming cultural destinations. 

Below you can read more about a selection of our neighbouring venues, which you might also enjoy when making visiting Impressions Gallery. For further information and accommodation ideas in and around Bradford go to

Museums and Galleries

The National Science and Media Museum
The National Science and Media Museum is a short walk across the road from Impressions Gallery, and explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies. Its galleries and exhibition spaces help illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. The Picture House cinema at the museum has three world-class cinema screens, including an IMAX theatre. Admission to the museum is free (charges apply for cinemas/IMAX).

Gallery II
, The University of Bradford
Gallery II is part of the University of Bradford and open to all, exhibiting works by local, regional, national and international artists. Gallery II also plays host to music and theatre events in conjunction with the Tasmin Little Music Centre and Theatre in the Mill, which are also located on the city centre campus.

Theatres and Performance

The Alhambra Theatre
Regarded as the North's premier touring venue, hosting the best in large scale entertainment from ballet and opera to variety and comedy, musicals, drama and Yorkshire's biggest panto.

St George’s Hall 
Renowned for exceptional acoustics and an intimate atmosphere, the venue seats over 1,500 people and is a popular choice for bands at the cutting edge of British music and top stand up comedians.  The venue hosts one of the UKs longest running Orchestral Seasons, with the Hallé as resident orchestra.

Theatre in the Mill
Theatre in the Mill, at the University of Bradford, programmes professional theatre and through the new initiative Development Lab supports new work and local emerging companies and artists.

City Park and Centenary Square

City Park is a high-quality, six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city. City Park is located immediately outside Impressions Gallery. City Park's 4,000sq m mirror pool features more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30m (100ft).

City Park and Centenary Square contain a number of cafes, bars and restaurants including The Pavilion, Starbucks Coffee, Wetherspoons Turls Green, Nandos and The Chinese Buffet.

Attractions nearby Bradford city centre

Saltaire & Airedale

Just a ten minute hop by train or bus from central Bradford is Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its preservation as a Victorian industrial village. Mill owner Sir Titus Salt built the village for his workers and today Saltaire attracts millions of visitors to its magnificent architecture and visitor attractions. Today his great mill complex is the key feature of Saltaire and houses the 1853 Gallery. Here you will find one of the largest collections of art by renowned Bradfordian David Hockney.

It's not just heritage to enjoy however, with a great selection of independent boutiques, delicatessens, art, craft, jewellery and antiques shops and book shops both within the mill and in the wider village. There's also plenty of pitstops on your journey around this historic site with a large diner and restaurant inside Salts Mill and a number of bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants in Saltaire village. Popular spots include the stylish restaurant-bar Don't Tell Titus and old favourite Fanny's Ale House, or in the summer enjoy a cool drink by the rivers edge at The Boathouse Inn.

Haworth and Brontë Country
The world of Wuthering Heights is brought to life in the famous village of Haworth. This picturesque village was once home to the literary greats the Brontës and their home is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Ilkley & Wharfedale
The dramatic surroundings of Ilkley Moor, with its panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, provide a wonderful setting for the elegant spa town of Ilkley. Great shopping, fantastic restaurants and exceptional hotels await you, as well as one of Yorkshire's remaining lidos.

A 15-20 minute drive and you’re in Leeds city centre, which is under ten miles away. There are also excellent rail links to Leeds with frequent trains from both Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square stations.


National Science and Media Museum

Alhambra Theatre

Centenary Square

Bradford's new City Park

Salts Mill, Saltaire