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The city council’s recent bid for European Capital of Culture in 2008 has kick started a flurry of activities that not only benefit the local community but have also help attract visitors from the world over. Bradford’s most celebrated family are the Brontes and their legacy is to be found everywhere including the family house where Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne were born and the Parsonage where Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were written. Bradford’s numerous museums run the gamut of exhibitions from the Industrial Museum and Vintage Carriage Museum to the Ilkley Toy Museum and the Museum of Reed Organs and Harmoniums. Surprisingly Bradford also has plenty to do outdoors - Lister Park with its boating lake, pavilion and wonderful Mughal Gardens, the lagoon shaped Ilkley Lido, one of a few remaining outdoor pools in the north of England and The Pleasure Grounds and Children’s Fun Fair, so there’s plenty to occupy the kids too. Entertainment wise Bradford visitors are well catered for with the magnificent Alhambra Theatre hosting a wide choice of large-scale productions from the worlds of ballet, opera, variety, comedy and musicals. For more intimate shows the adjacent studio hosts smaller music and comedy productions. Another major venue is the famous St George’s Hall, which plays host to everything from Rock and Pop Concerts to orchestral concerts and children’s shows. Dining out is always a pleasure with Bradford having a reputation for some of the finest curry houses outside Asia but in truth the choice of restaurants is truly eclectic and you’ll probably be able to find exactly what you want from whichever continent you prefer. All said and done Bradford is a great place for a daytrip or weekend stop over, one thing being certain – you’ll not be bored.

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