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West Yorkshire, as well as possessing beautiful landscapes, was once a powerhouse of and driving force behind the Industrial Revolution. It was a world centre of the textile industry and the world's leading supplier of worsted. Blake was inspired, if that's the right word, to write about the 'dark satanic mills' of the industrial north by contemplating cities like Halifax at the time. But times have also changed, and as well as lovingly restoring its industrial heritage the county is now home to numerous world-class artistic and other cultural venues which attract visitors all year round. If you're staying at a hotel in or close to Bradford, you might like to visit the outstanding Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in the city.
This is the civic art gallery for Bradford and has four permanent galleries, along with an exciting year-round programme of special exhibitions and other events. 19th and 20th Century collections showcase mostly British art from these periods, but there are also many international prints and other fine artworks as well as a strong and varied collection of arts and crafts from South Asia which is mostly contemporary. You'll find Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Lister Park, which is the recipient of a Green Flag award. From your West Yorkshire hotel in the area, simply follow the clear signs.
Apart from the wonderful collections of the gallery itself, Lister Park is full of attractions for kids and adults alike, so don't be afraid to bring the family along from your West Yorkshire hotel in the city. The park has an excellent café and also an adventure playground and a boating lake. The ornate Mughal Gardens are especially popular in the summer, and this is one the pleasantest of Bradford's many delightful open spaces. Whether or not you enjoy viewing, you can spend a very pleasant afternoon here from your West Yorkshire hotel base. Combine shopping, dining and recreation on a sunny day in Bradford, with many venues such as this all with easy walking distance.