Flights to Bradford
Bradford is one of the UK’s larger cities and it’s situated in the county of West Yorkshire in the north of England. Bradford is at the foothills of the scenic Pennines and is a bustling city with many landmarks and culture to explore.
The Leeds Bradford International Airport (airport code: LBA) is 10 kilometres away from the city, and can be reached by rental car and public bus. The only 1-stop flight to Bradford from South Africa is with KLM and they have a transfer in Amsterdam. A flight with Virgin Atlantic stops in London and then Edinburgh, and BMI goes another way through London and Belfast City. There are also flights to Bradford with British Airways, and they make their transfers in London and Aberdeen.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bradford:
Bradford was once a relatively small market town but it’s grown to be one of the largest cities in the UK today. This was thanks to the vast development of the city during the 19th century when it became an industrial town responsible for mostly textile manufacturing. With the industrial boom came a building boom and by the Victorian times there were many fine buildings constructed within Bradford. Like many other industrial cities Bradford did fall into decline in the 20th century but today it’s becoming a more desirable place to visit and has a number of tourist attractions. Amongst these are the following:
Bradford’s City Hall is just one example of the fine architecture from the 19th century. The Venetian Gothic style of the building and its tall clock tower make this one of the city’s major landmarks, and it was completed in 1873.
Bradford Cathedral is the oldest building in the city with parts of the structure dating back to the 1400s. It’s actually located on a site that has been used for worship since the 8th century. Bolling Hall is another building that dates back to medieval times and it’s been preserved as a museum with rooms set up as they would have been hundreds of years ago.
Cartwright Hall is both a historical landmark and home to Bradford’s civic art gallery. It’s an impressive Edwardian era building and is located within Lister Park, one of Bradford’s largest city parks that also includes a lake and views over Bradford.
Saltaire UNESCO World Heritage Site
Within the city limits of Bradford is Saltaire. This is a village that’s been designated a World Heritage Site because of its cultural importance. It’s called a model village as it was constructed as a self contained village where the workers could live and work who were employed by the industrialist Sir Titus Salt. The site still contains well preserved buildings such as the large mill.
When Should You Visit?:
Bradford has both relatively mild summers and winters. Average high temperatures in July and August are around 21C though daytime highs can sometimes reach much higher than this. Rainfall is consistent throughout the year and in the winter there’s often a few days when snow falls too. In January, the coolest month, the average high is still a mild 7C.