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For many years, Bradford sat in the shadow of its more glamorous neighbour Leeds (although proud locals will certainly disagree). Recent years have seen the city strike out as an appealing destination in its own right, thanks to its thrillingly international cuisine, friendly culture, and a burgeoning art scene that’s been at least partly inspired by famous local artist David Hockney.
Pick up Bradford car hire and you can lose yourself in the pretty avenues of the ex-industrial town and its beautiful Yorkshire surroundings – the same landscapes that first called Hockney to pick up his paintbrush more than 60 years ago.
Bradford is served by nearby Leeds Bradford International Airport. Book your rental car in advance and you’ll be on your way in no time – take the A658 south and you’ll be in Bradford city centre in around 25 minutes.
If you flew into Manchester City Airport, it’ll take around an hour and half on the M62 and M60. Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, meanwhile, is about an hour south on the M62.
Like all the destinations we serve, you can choose from a variety of providers for your hire car in Bradford. Pick from brands including Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise, with a range of models that covers luxury saloons, compact hatchbacks and practical SUVs.
Bradford is recognised as a Unesco City of Film, in tribute to its contributions to the industry over the 20th century. Today, that heritage is honoured with screenings and workshops designed to get locals and visitors involved in film-making and production. Time your visit right and you may even end up on screen yourself – the 2011 blockbuster The King’s Speech featured hundreds of local people as extras.
Don’t miss Saltaire either, a 20-minute drive in your hire car from Bradford. The quaint village was designed as a workers’ paradise by industrialist Sir Titus Salt. The old textile mill has been converted to hold shops, restaurants and an art gallery, which features several works by Hockney, among others.
Thirty minutes north-west on the A658 is Leeds. Bradford’s big brother is the regional hub, and a central focus for dining, drinking and partying. There’s more to see than that, though: don’t miss Kirkstall Abbey north-west of the city centre, or Leeds City MUSAeum, which displays local history stretching back to the Romans. Or head to Huddersfield, 45 minutes up the M62, where you can take a boat trip through the Standege Tunnels, which once carried coal deep beneath the Pennines.
If you’re used to driving in the rest of the UK, USAing a rental car in Bradford won’t present anything out of the ordinary. Just make sure to avoid the city centre and the Leeds-Bradford route in the morning and early evenings, lest you get caught in the commuter rUSAh.
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