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Bradford may be an unlikely choice for a holiday, but this northern town has a surprising appeal. The original home of the school meal, and long-standing capital of curry, Bradford holds quite a few titles. Recently, the city was awarded the first ever UNESCO City of Film award; from Peaky Blinders to The King’s Speech, Bradford has hosted productions of many successful films and dramas.
The repurposed site of Sunbridge Wells Tunnels demonstrates the city’s inventive and unconventional side. Subterranean soap and sweet shops take the place of what was once an air raid shelter and, at another time, a prison. Not only is this underground vault the location of independent shops, it is also possible to nibble on Yorkshire pies and sip raspberry gin here. Kooky bars and a 1920s speakeasy help give a revamped identity to this unforgettable cavern.
The neighbourhood of Little Germany is one of the most historical parts of the city. Listed buildings are in abundance here; the area was home to German merchants who moved to Bradford during the 1850s to benefit from the prosperous textile industry. Little Germany has also been used to mimic Berlin on film sets.
The Brontë family home in Haworth and Parson’s Field is where dedicated literary fans can pay homage to the sisters - the remote moors of Yorkshire inspired them to write the great works of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.