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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 or download the Bradford Culture Guide.

Museums and Galleries

The National Media Museum
The National Media Museum which is a short five-minute walk from Impressions Gallery and hosts temporary exhibitions, has two world class cinemas with a changing monthly programme, imax and also allows visitors to go behind the scenes and enjoy the museum's unique collections.

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.

Fuse Art Space, 5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford
Fuse Art Space is a gallery, art space, performance venue and shop in Bradford city centre. Fuse host exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, workshops and performances, and stock a wide range of art books, magazines.

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.

Bradford Playhouse
A recently relaunched venue with a range of artistic and creative output, from experimental performance to music, dance, film and interactive installations plus a lively bar open during the evenings.

Centenary Square

Impressions Gallery is situated in the new development that has rejuvenated Centenary Square as a social hub in the heart of Bradford. Situated directly opposite the City Hall, the scheme combines galleries, bars and restaurants joined by a large outdoor terrace.

Click here to visit the official Centenary Square website or see individual sites below.

Bars and restaurants in Centenary Square include:

Forster's Bistro and Deli
Nandos Restaurant
Starbucks Coffee Shop
The Turls Green Pub

City Park

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 provides a superb landscape comprising fountains, trees and attractive green spaces making an ideal environment for walking, relaxing and quiet contemplation.

City Park's 4,000sq m mirror pool features more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30m (100ft), laser light projectors and mist effects. This unique feature reflects and showcases the Grade 1-listed City Hall and sets Bradford apart. City Park, and the mirror pool in particular, is an adaptable environment which is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.

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. Leeds boasts stylish shopping, decadent dining, contemporary arts and a vibrant nightlife.


National Media Museum

Alhambra Theatre

Centenary Square

Bradford's new City Park

Salts Mill, Saltaire