Bradford has a proud history as a centre of the Industrial Revolution. Its canal opened in 1774 and by 1850 it had become the world capital for worsted production. With NCP pre-bookable car parking in Bradford parking is a straight-forward affair and there are numerous points of interest to be explored nearby.
Points of Interest
Bradford is full of charm, history and heritage. The canal, mills and warehouses are among the more obvious legacies of its industrial past, but so too are the artefacts on display in buildings like the Bradford Industrial Museum. Leave your car at a nearby NCP Bradford car park and explore the local residential architecture, which is characterised by stone carvings, showing the wealth of former occupants.
National Media Museum
Bradford’s National Media Museum is devoted to photography, film and TV. Here, visitors are able to explore the history and future of TV and watch favourite films and clips in the BFI Mediatheque, and explore the world of optics by playing around with colours, lenses and light. Park at the NCP’s Bradford Southgate car park, which is pre-bookable, and drop in here to see features on Yorkshire’s only IMAX cinema.
Bradford Industrial Museum
This remarkable museum is appropriately housed in an old spinning mill, one of scores that used to dominate the landscape in and around Bradford. You can see and hear the real mill machinery here and get a real feel for industrial life at the time. Take a ride on a horse-drawn tram and explore a Victorian industrial village when you leave the car at the NCP’s Bradford Southgate car park and take to the cobbles.
The Bradford Interchange
The Bradford Interchange combines a bus and coach station and a mainline railway, and you can get swiftly to London Kings Cross from here as well as other parts of the UK by whichever option you choose. Just leave your car at the Bradford Hall Ings NCP car park, which is pre-bookable, and head off for the day.
Kirkgate Shopping Centre
The Kirkgate Shopping Centre is at the heart of the retail market in Bradford. It’s spread over three storeys and houses familiar chain retailers as well as some independent outlets. You’ll also find the old and hugely popular Kirkgate Market here. Be sure to park at our NCP Bradford Southgate car park for easy access to the nearby shops, cafés and restaurants.
University of Bradford
Although Bradford University’s origins go back to the 19th century it only received its Charter in 1966. It has the distinction among universities of being home to the biggest centre for the study of conflict and peace in the world, and is a centre of excellence in international relations. While you’re here, leave the car at the Bradford Southgate NCP car park and pop along to see what’s happening.