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Not as bad as is made out
Member Name: killip
Date: 05/03/01, updated on 05/03/01 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to get to (central UK), for things to do see above
Disadvantages: bad reputation
I really can't understand why Bradford has the reputation it has. It could have something to do with Mr Bryson from the "lovely place" that is Iowa coming over and telling everyone what a hole it is. What he did was unfair and demeening, not to say untrue. Firstly, he judged the entire city on its centre and secondly he didn't open his eyes. It is quite apparent that he got told something, came over and just confirmed it. "Bradford," he says, "used to contain one of the best displays of Victorian architecture in the country, though you wouldn't believe it now". THE CHEEK! Yes, one or two buidings were knocked down in the city centre and replaced with concrete atrocities but the majority remained unscathed. Anyway, enough talk of Bryson, lets talk about the town. I honestly believe, even though I live here, that Bradford is the best city ever built. I would reccomend it to anyone who wanted to visit because it has everything anyone could want in a city. The town centre, although looks shoddy, is actually a brilliant place with beautiful Victorian buildings, especially the Alhambra, St Georges Hall, the Wool Exchange and most undoubtedly City Hall, Waterstones bookshop, which I think is probably the most beautiful bookshop in Britain (sited in the Wool Exchange), all the high street stores, although there are a few empty units, you'll find most stores you want here, two train stations should you want to leave (which I doubt) and loads more. However, there's more to a city than its centre and although people say Bradford's areas are dicey they are nothing but compared to neighbouring Leeds, I'd prefer to live in Ravenscliffe than Chapeltown any day. The areas in Bradford I'd reccomend the most are; Wibsey, to go on the famous "Wibsey Pub crawl" (start at the Gaping Goose, walk to Fair Road and down to the bottom of the High Street), Ilkley, for the moor and more upper-class shopping, Idle, just to
look at the famous "IDLE WORKING MENS CLUB" and many more places, just ask at the Information Centre in the Kirkgate Arndale Centre (above the escalator) and if theres a dizzy blonde there, tell her RICHARD SAID HI. While you're in the city centre, theres the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television which is well worth a look and free to enter, plus the first IMAX cinema in Britain which is only about 3 notes a piece, and a thousand decent curry houses to round the evening off, plus LOADS of nightlife. And I forgot to mention Salts Mill in Saltaire, brilliant picture galleries (free) and cosmopolitan shops. You'll never get bored in Bradford. I would mention my website for ideas of things to do, but advertisings not allowed. You should NEVER get bored in Bradford!