First becoming a city in 1897, Bradford is now a great destination for a long weekend break for families and couples a like. The city offers diverse culture, history, great food and shopping as well as a thriving sports scene.
Just 11 miles east of Leeds, Bradford has several buildings remaining from the medieval period, the oldest of which is the cathedral at the centre of the city. Additionally, the city centre has a lot of Victorian architecture still present, including several old mills from the city's cotton industry past. Bradford is home to the oldest concert hall in Britain, St Georges Hall, and is also UNESCO's first city of film, with several venues for arts, film and theatre including Cartwright Hall and the National Media Museum. Regeneration of inner city centre includes the multi million pound Broadway shopping centre.
The most successful of the cities sporting life is the rugby team, the Bradford Bulls who play at the Grattan Stadium. The Bulls have won the Rugby league seven times and the world club championships three times in the last 10 years. Bradford City football club currently plays in division 2 and the city also has its own basketball team who compete in the national league. Several leisure and sports centres are spread out across the city with facilities for almost any sporting activity.
Historically, during the industrial revolution, Bradford was the wool capital of the world up until the post-industrial era. Nowadays, Bradford's industry has moved from manufacturing into more modern sectors, especially finance with several large institutions based in the city. Additionally, electronic and engineering industries are growing in the area, providing an exciting future for the local economy.