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Top 5 Visitor Attractions – Leeds & Bradford

Bradford Industrial Museum

It would be remiss to visit a city with a history as rich as Bradford without learning more about the heritage of this great city, namely its influence during the era of the industrial revolution. Located in Eccleshill, a short drive outside of Bradford city centre, the museum specialises in relics of the local industry, particularly textiles and printing, and has genuine working machines from the industrial revolution era which are demonstrated to the public on a regular basis. A fascinating insight into where modern industry came from, and where it will go next.

Leeds City Museum

Another essential destination for those with a thirst for knowledge. Leeds City Museum is nationally-acclaimed, and features a diverse range of exhibitions housed in a beautiful building. From detailed information on the local textile industry to ancient Egyptian mummies, the museum has fascinating, immersive exhibitions from almost every period of human history. There’s something for the little ones too, with interactive exhibitions proving a bit hit with school trips from all around Yorkshire. As is the case with many museums in the UK, Leeds City Museum is free to enter, with visitor donations encouraged.

Bramhope

For those who don’t feel entirely at home in the big city, the charmingly quaint village of Bramhope is likely to be a welcome change of pace. Located around 9 miles north of Leeds, Bramhope has a population of just 3500, and is home to a number of grade I and II listed buildings, including the town’s Puritan Chapel, which has stood since 1649. Bramhope is perfect for a stroll during the day, with no end of beautiful architecture and scenery to appreciate and has a smattering of cosy, family-friendly pubs in which to while away the evening with a pint of real ale. Perfect.

Golden Acre Park

Considering the actual size of this park is nearly 140 acres, the name Golden Acre Park is something of a misnomer. However, looking around at the lush foliage, well-tended pathways, and beautiful flower arrangements, it’s easy to see where the ‘Golden’ part came from. This suburban oasis is just a 15-minute drive from our Easirent site at Leeds Bradford International Airport, but feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the arrivals lounge. There’s also a cafe and several picnic benches, for when you start to get peckish. A perfectly relaxing day out.

Bradford City Park

Not exactly a park, rather a public space, Bradford City Park is a blah, centred around Bradford City Hall, a Grade I listed building. The space houses Centenary Square, featuring a number of quality bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, which look out over the beautiful mirror pool, which contains the highest fountain in the UK. The City Park is beautiful at any time of day, but really comes alive at night, when the pool is illuminated by laser light projectors and reflects the surrounding buildings beautifully. A perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon out, or an outdoor-seated drink or two on those warm summer evenings.