At the National Media Museum in Bradford all the exhibitions are free, and aside from the permanent photography, cinematography and television exhibitions (all family-friendly and interactive), there is now the world's first gallery devoted to the impact of the internet and digital age on our daily lives. There is always a range of films showing, as well as the mind-bending IMAX screen. This Easter there are various family activities on offer, including the chance to create animations and 'movie mash-ups'. There is a great shop, and a good cafe/restaurant; but this is Bradford, so it would be a shame to miss the chance to visit one of the fabulous curry shops just yards from the museum.
Bombay Stores in Bradford is an Asian department store and a legendary local institution. Head there for all things bling and Bollywood; it has a big sari fabric department glittering with all the colours of the rainbow, rails of shimmering salwar kamiz and myraid other Asian style outfits, shoe departments with gorgeous sequined creations and curled-toe slippers, a jewelry department filled with elaborate gold and elegant silver designs, and loads more. Most fun bit is the Indian method of payment. Choose the item, an assistant gives you a little slip in a basket, you dutifully take the slip to the payment counter then pay and receive your item carefully wrapped. In this store it's easier to believe that you are in downtown Chennai than in the UK! Love it.
This family run, vegetarian Indian restaurant on the backstreets of Bradford has exceptional food - flavours I had never tasted before in my life. The staff are friendly and accommodating and have not let their recent stint on Gordon's Best Restaurant go to their heads. They also do take outs and a deli.
Quite close to the university. The Kashmir is not the most attractive of curry houses. However they do serve an excellent curry at a price that even a student can afford. You have a choice of two doors. One to the slightly more presentable ground floor, the other to the larger and more basic basement restaurant.
There may be better Indian restaurants in Bradford, but when it comes to quality, quantity and value for money this place is hard to beat.
25-27 Morley St, Bradford, West Yorkshire
+44(0)1274 726 513
Google map: bit.ly/f4ATy7
The New Beehive in Bradford is not so new. Built in 1901 this unique gaslit pub has its own atmosphere being one of the few pubs in Britain to be listed on Camra's National Inventory of Outstanding Character Interiors.
The pub has regular jazz, comedy and poetry evenings and sells good quality real ale.
Atmospheric setting for a great scene from Billy Liar and nearby highly enjoyable setting for The Railway Children, Yanks and Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall, with regular steam trains to the picturesque village of Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters and Wuthering Heights.
Also Bradford is home of the National Film and Photographic Museum.
Bradford is on the M62 and has two train stations connecting to Leeds and the very scenic Settle-Carlisle line.
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