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Visiting Bradford: a guide for Special Collections visitors

Welcome to Yorkshire!  This guide answers frequently asked questions to help you get the most from your visit.  Visiting Special Collections covers the detail of the Reading Room experience.

Find us | By Rail and Coach | From Station to Campus | By Taxi | By Car | By Air | Places to Stay | Places to Eat | Shopping | Places of Interest |

This information is offered in good faith and based on our experience: it can quickly go out of date.  We advise looking at relevant websites, guides and review sites such as Trip Advisor before booking.  Please let us know about broken links or other inaccuracies in this guide.

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Find us

Special Collections is located in the J. B. Priestley Library, at the heart of City Campus.  City Campus is located on the edge of Bradford city centre.

University's Contact and Find Us pages include campus maps and travel guidance.

By Rail and Coach

Railway stations in Bradford:

  • Bradford Interchange. Connections with the North-West, York and London.
  • Bradford Forster Square. Wharfedale Line to Ilkley, Airedale Line to Skipton.  Some London trains.

There are some direct trains from London to Bradford.

Both stations have frequent links from Leeds, which is a major rail interchange.

West Yorkshire Metro

Northern Rail

Bradford Interchange is also a coach station, connecting with destinations across the UK.

From Station to Campus

City Campus is a 15-20 minute uphill walk from either station.  There are signposts around the city to direct you.  From either station, the easiest route is to head for Centenary Square, then turn uphill at the Alhambra and keep going up Great Horton Road, past Bradford College.

By Taxi

Taxis cannot be hailed on the street in Bradford: you need to go to a taxi rank or book in advance.  There are taxi ranks at both railway stations.

Taxis from the University should be pre-booked with taxi companies. Here are some numbers:

Metro Taxis: 01274 733733

City Taxis: 01274 726095

Town Taxis: 01274 740655

Douglas Taxis: 01274 735871

Elvis Taxis: 01274 722693

Girlington All Over: 01274 488595

Taxis usually drop-off and pick-up outside Richmond Building.

By Car

We advise using alternative methods of travel if possible: parking on campus is difficult.

Campus map

Satnav: BD7 1AZ.

Visitors can use the “first come first served” visitor car park by Richmond Building, accessed through University entrance on Great Horton Road.   A car parking permit must be obtained from the Richmond reception. There is no guarantee of a space!

Disabled visitors with a Blue Badge may park in disabled bays on campus.

For help with finding the visitor car park plus lists of alternative parking around Bradford, see the University's parking webpage.

By Air

We are well located for flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport (9 miles away – taxi or bus connections) and Manchester Airport (50 miles away).  See How to find us for more information about air travel.

Places to stay

The University has a list of nearby hotels.  Jurys Inn on Thornton Road is the nearest hotel to city campus.

Places to eat and drink

Bradford’s curries are legendary! Curry Guide by "Visit Bradford".  The four “West End” options are nearest to campus.

Titus Salts (Wetherspoons), offering a wide range of cheap ales and other drinks and cheap basic meals.

Brew Haus: craft beer bar, which sells food.

Science + Media Museum café.

Pavilion café in centenary square.

Restaurants, tea rooms, real ale pubs, bars etc.

We also have the usual UK chains of bakeries, sandwiches, coffee shops, mini supermarkets etc.  Note that catering at the railway stations is limited: we suggest picking up something on your way or (if changing there) wait till Leeds.

Shopping

Oxfam has a great range of second-hand books.

Waterstones is a large bookshop located in the old Wool Exchange with a cafe upstairs.

Bombay Stores (next to campus) is a treasure trove of fabric, haberdashery etc.

Shopping Guide by "Visit Bradford".

Bradford has the usual UK high street stores, many located in the new Broadway centre.

Places of interest

Saltaire, world heritage site

Haworth, home of the Brontes

Science + Media Museum

The Peace Museum

Bradford museums, including Cartwright Hall and the Industrial Museum

We are within an hour or so of many other Yorkshire attractions, including Wakefield (the Hepworth and Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, and the historic city of York.  Not to mention our beautiful Yorkshire Dales.