How to travel to Bradford, UK
A Vistors Travel Planner
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Paul Rayton, Hollywood, USA
16.01.2008 + February 2012 update
city center with city hall tower. Image by Paul Rayton
Hello there, fellow movie fans ...!
I'm always glad to encourage anyone to attend Bradford's Wide
Screen Weekend ("WSW")! It's a fun gathering, taking place in an
interesting (interesting to me, anyway) location. You
participate in it with lots of others who value the same kinds
This is written with a goal of assisting "first timer"
attendees coming to Bradford and England from distant shores. It also will
be applicable for Europeans visiting -- just bypass the
transatlantic airplane stuff!
I'm sometimes blessed by being a bit too "chatty", at least when
writing things, possibly a mixed blessing. So, to save you time,
I'll give some condensed observations here at the beginning, and
then (for those especially interested), more specific details
follow farther on, which you can read at your leisure.
The Midland Hotel
+44 1274 735735
Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights @ £46.00 per person per night
sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom.
Bed & Breakfast for 3 nights @ £42.00 per person per night
sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 3 night reservation will
be upgraded, subject to availability, and will be given a
complimentary bottle of wine in their bedroom upon arrival.
Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights @ £38.00 per person per night
sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 4 night reservation will
receive the above and Dinner complimentary on one of the
*Premium bedroom supplement of £10.00 per person per night.
*A single supplement of £30.00 applies per room per night.
Dinner will be available from £16.95 per person, per night with
a Special Themed Menu running throughout the festival.
Bookings are to be made directly through the Midland Hotel and
festival guests will be advised to quote "Bradford International
Film Festival" when booking.
Media Museum. Photo: Thomas Hauerslev
By way of background information, most Bradford WSW event(s)
take place at the "Pictureville
Cinema", which is part of the National Media Museum ("NMM"),
(formerly called the National Museum of Photography, Film &
Television, "NMPFT"). Also part of this complex are the museum
facilities itself (an interesting place to visit), and two other
cinemas: an IMAX theatre, plus a much smaller place, the "Cubby
Broccoli Cinema", a nice intimate room for "smaller" shows and
videos. A few shows may be scheduled in those venues. Obviously,
anything IMAX has to run in the IMAX site.
I typically like to approach the trip as an entire travel
experience, so I may not always take the most direct route.
When I discuss costs, I'll mostly be doing so as costs appear to
us now, as written in early 2009, when the dollar is VERY LOW vs. the
UK pound(£). At the time of the 2008 WSW, it was about 2 - 1, so
UK £ 50 was about US $100. Check for current exchange rates. Travelling
to, and in, the UK, presently, will cost you some money, no
doubt about it, because of the currency issues. But there is
nowhere else can you see some of these cinematic treasures!
in 70mm reading:
Who is Paul Rayton?
National Media Museum
Getting to England
Cross Train Terminal. Photo: Paul Rayton
Bradford is approximately 175 miles (278km) north of London.
Unless you are already in the UK, your trip to Bradford will very likely
include both air and train travel components. From the Continent, you
can do it entirely by air, or entirely by train, or a combination. From
overseas origination points, you'll probably use some of both. For train
only, you may skip to the "Access from Europe" section, below.
If you come by air, there are 3 principal airport options to consider:
#1) London, of course, actually with several airports – the 2 primary
ones being Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR). London also has the 3
outlying regional airports: the smaller "City" airport (LCY), and the
farther-out Luton (LTN) and Stanstead (STN) airports. Farther to the
north, option #2) Manchester (MAN), another large airport with both
Transatlantic and intra-European flights. And, of course, #3) Bradford's
local airport, (LBA), smaller, but the closest to Bradford.
London is the capitol city of the UK, obviously, and for some routings,
that may save some money. Manchester (MAN) and Durham/Tees Valley (MME)
are somewhat closer to Bradford, but still will involve a train trip to
get to Bradford. Rail fares vary WIDELY, depending on the advance
purchase time. You can go London to Bradford for as little as £ 13, or as
high as maybe £ 90! More information on train costs in the sections on
Bradford's airport (LBA) is the closest to Bradford. If time is short for
you, and you take a taxi in to town, figure on an additional taxi fare
of some £15 - £18 (approx. US$ 30 - $36) to get into Bradford. If your time permits, there is now a fairly economical bus
connection from LBA in to Bradford, and that fare will be slightly more
2. Euros are accepted. Change will be returned in Sterling).
You will have to spend some time calculating your airfare costs + your
ground costs, to figure out which routing works best for you, in terms
of total cost. Air fares often vary based on unpredictable nuances in
times and days, as perceived by airline "revenue management" types, so
some persistence is required. I cannot say flat out that a routing via
Manchester is cheaper than, say, coming in to Bradford... it will depend
on your schedule and what other conditions apply to the route(s) and
time(s) you select. The tools and links provided here will assist you in
figuring let you figure your costs fairly well.
Land travel to Bradford
Map of Bradford. Museum is in lower left corner. Image by Paul
If you fly to London or Manchester, etc., you'll
have to take surface transport to get to Bradford. Trains are the most
readily-available option; there are buses, but I've never tried them and
can offer no information.
Rental cars are also available at all airports, though useful mostly if
combining your trip to Bradford with visits to other nearby scenic
areas, e.g. the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales national park, or
the east coast seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby, which either
have very minimal public transport or none at all.
Depending on which city you originate from, the land travel cost to get
to Bradford will vary by 1) the distance travelled and 2) the advance
purchase restrictions which would apply to your ticket. I suggest you
consider these costs carefully because the additional costs will add
Here is a link to the (very good) UK rail system travel planner
you can estimate your additional costs (on top of your airfare costs)
and come up with the total cost(s) for your trip to Bradford.
I'm sentimentally attached to the "Midland"
Hotel, since 1) I've stayed there several times now, and 2) it’s a
classic old “railway” hotel, with plenty of character. Additionally,
it's typically the "official" hotel for the WSW events, so they
usually offer some kind of promotional rate. You'll also be a bit more
in the center of things if you stay there, since breakfast time has the
opportunity to meet some other attendees in the breakfast room (plus,
the food is hearty and good!), and /or the late night "aprés screenings"
informal gatherings, in the hotel bar, which can be fun...
There is a cafeteria in the adjacent NMeM
building, open mostly during "daytime" hours. The cafeteria kitchen also
conveniently supplies light "snack-" type foods to the Pictureville
Cinema bar, immediately outside the theatre entry doors. You can eat
light snacks in either place (subject to opening times and
availabilities), or you can go out from the complex. You do not need to
go hungry! More details in the "Restaurants and Food Service" section
That ends the "summary" information: Transportation, Hotel, and Food.
Now, I'll go into a bit more detail. If you don't want to read it "all",
please skip to any area that may be of interest to you.
THE DETAILS ...
Getting to England's Airports
Bradford International Airport. Photo: Paul Rayton
For people from the USA, you'll be flying "across the
pond". Many routes and ways to do it! (If you are originating from
somewhere on the European continent, see "Access from Europe", below).
Depending on your wishes and time constraints, you can fly to England's
"main city", London. This allows you to visit a few historic spots (time
permitting) in London, should you wish. Also, sometimes, airfares are
cheaper (but also, sometimes, more expensive!) to London... Factor in,
that you'll have to take a train from London to Bradford, a trip of
about 3+ hours, at additional cost.... If you're into trains, this can
be a great treat -- quality high-speed railroading (not super high speed, but
good quality mainline rail service). The train fare will be additional
cost, see discussion about rail fares following. As my comprehension of
the system has improved, my fare has gone down. In 2005 I paid £52; in
2006 I paid £71; (2007 was air-only); in 2008 I paid 38.
Caution about LHR: If you fly in to the London Heathrow (LHR) airport
and are planning on making a "direct" airline connection to LBA, or
anywhere up north, advice from folks who live in the UK suggest allowing
PLENTY of time for the transfer. Arriving flights from the US arrive at
Terminals 3 or 4, and domestic flights operate out of Terminal 1.
Getting between them will tax the hardiest traveler and add stress and
considerable time, not to mention possible long immigration queues. If
you can avoid LHR for such same-day connections, do so.
And while I’m on the subject of air travel in the UK, one other
cautionary note, in case you happen to drive into the UK via train but
plan to fly out … update yourself on the current hand-luggage
regulations for the UK. They have been quite restrictive in the amount
and contents of carry-on luggage and if you’re not careful, you’ll find
yourself being required to check some additional piece(s), at
potentially outrageously high costs!
You can also fly in to several more northerly airports, the largest one
with intercontinental (overseas) flights arriving being Manchester
International (UK) airport, code MAN. It is somewhat closer to Bradford
than London but still a bit of a train ride away. The train ride costs
less because 1) it's only a "commuter" train service, with more stops,
and 2) it's a shorter overall distance (approx. 50 miles [75km], as the
bird flies). I've only done it once, and I seem to recall the cost was
around £20, so it would be about USD$40, and the total travel time will
be about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, including possible train changes. (More about
The alternative northern airports
airport formerly known as "Teesside", now Durham/Tees Valley (MME) is off in
a northeasterly direction from Bradford. MME offers a free bus connection
from MME airport south to Darlington, at which point you can change to a
train to Leeds, where you will then connect to Bradford. (See the "At Leeds"
You might also check the Newcastle airport, too (code NCL), to see if you
can find a cheap flight there. Newcastle is presently being served by
several "low cost" airlines and there could be some amazing promotional fare
to Newcastle that works out for you. But the ground transportation to
Bradford could be a bit more difficult (and longer) than from MME or MAN, so
is suggested primarily for the intrepid traveler!
One final airport idea: since you almost certainly will have to take a train
trip to get to Bradford from these various "distant" airports, another UK
arrival city you might also think about would be Glasgow (Scotland), (GLA).
In terms of time and cost of getting to Bradford, it's about the same (178
miles, 285km) as coming from London. So, if you want a more northerly bias
to your trip, this one could be worth checking.
The local airport
(as in “Leeds-Bradford Airport”) is the local airport for Bradford.
Actually, this airport is located midway between Bradford and the city of
Leeds and serves them both; Sometimes fares can be cheaper to LBA, usually
not. There are no nonstop flights to LBA from the US, but "connecting"
flights via London, Amsterdam, Paris, and a few other European cities are
available via major international carriers. One interesting aspect to
consider, in paying for your trip, is (assuming you have a good amount of
“points” in a frequent flier plan), doing the trip as as award trip. For
such trips, the fare is exactly the same amount of miles, i.e., flying from
the US to London or Bradford would “cost” exactly the same number of
miles/points. Of course, such award trips often require advance planning,
but one of the advantages of WSW in March is that it’s really “off season”
for transatlantic travel…
If you fly to Bradford airport, taxi fare in to Bradford proper will run
about (maybe) £15 - £18 , or US$30 - $36. If you plan to arrive here, if
possible try to have some UK £ before arriving in LBA, because the change
kiosk at the airport is small and may be busy. (It's a rather smallish
airport). A taxi is the most direct way to get in to Bradford City. One big
plus will be that the taxi will take you directly to your hotel. There is a
taxi queue line out in front of the airport; usually waiting times are
short. Bus service: NEW started in 2008: There is now halfway decent bus service
between LBA and Bradford’s center, including stopping at both railway
The West Yorkshire authorities have now instituted regular 6 am to 10 pm bus service between LBA and Bradford City. The bus route currently terminates at the Bradford
“Interchange” Station, but it stops along Market Street, in Bradford, which
is just steps away from the Midland Hotel. There are 2 bus routes operating,
#737 and #747 (where did they come up with those numbers, I wonder?). For
full details on times and prices, go to
wymetro.com. The route
#747 is slightly faster in to Bradford, at about 40-45 minutes.
The multiple-airport itinerary...
One different variation for air travelers is
to fly in to one city, and return from another. If you do that, fares may
vary, up or down. Or not. Airline fares are quite changeable, perplexingly
so, as you probably know. Occasionally (but not always) flights tied in to
overseas fares are somewhat independent of the final destination. I most
frequently have been flying in to London, and flying out from LBA, but my
choice of arr and dep airport changes year by year, depending on what I may
be carrying and who's with me (if anyone), etc., etc., etc. Keep in mind you
can also do this “open jaw” kind of itinerary on award points, typically at
zero additional cost.
Access From Europe
If you are coming from the European continent,
you probably have plenty of ideas about how to get to the UK. Air service is
generally considered the most time-efficient -- but probably not by flying
in and connecting through London Heathrow. If you fly in/out of the Bradford
airport, or even Manchester, you are able to do it all in one day.
You have a selection of various airports. For the budget-conscious, I
suggest you study carefully the airports [listed above] and rail options (in
terms of costs) to determine the "real" total costs of getting to Bradford.
Discount airlines often fly to out-of-the-way airports, so, once you tally
up the additional ground transport costs, your total may come to more than
flying a traditional airline in to one of the "major" airports.
One new option for train travel (as of late 2007) is the newly-improved rail
link, the "Eurostar" service, which recently completed the high-speed rail
portion in the UK, allowing much better (and faster) service from the
Continent to central London. And, the London Eurostar terminal is now at St.
Pancras station -- and that one is immediately adjacent to Kings Cross
station, the London originating point for train trips to Bradford.
So, an all-rail trip is quite possible, without too much transfers hassle,
from the several points on the mainland that offer direct train service in
to London (esp. Brussels and Paris). (For the dedicated train/movie buff,
you can fly in to Paris, ride the Eurostar to London, and train to Bradford,
and get the best of both worlds! Not necessarily the most efficient, but
definitely the most fun!)
Train services in the UK
station. Photo: Paul Rayton
Read the information below, and then, if you want to search for specific
information, the UK "national rail" travel information service has an
which is quite a good site for getting pricing and schedule information
on rail journeys everywhere in the UK.
From London: London has, like, 8 (?) major rail stations, so check the
maps! You'll need to originate your trip to Bradford from the "King's
Cross" station (sometimes it's shown as "King's +"). As mentioned
before, it's high quality mainline rail, and departures are at least
hourly throughout the day. The mainline service I take, when going to
Bradford, operates to the city of Leeds, which is the somewhat larger
city of the city pair, Leeds and Bradford. At Leeds, you usually must
change trains. See below:
Train Fares in the UK
Thanks to the internet, it’s possible to be quite thrifty in purchasing
train tickets, assuming you can make plans in advance. Of course, that
comes with the usual warning about “advance purchases”: if you change
your plans, or miss your train, the headaches (and increased costs) can
come your way! As my comprehension of the system has improved, my fare
has gone down. In 2005 I paid £52; in 2006 I paid £71; (2007 was
air-only). All those was before I used the web-based scheduling system.
In 2008, using the internet for a “moderate” [about 2 weeks] advance
purchase, I paid £38, and others reported fares as low as around an
incredible £12. The national railway booking system link is
nationalrail.co.uk, and I highly recommend it for the thoroughness and
ease of use. Same day fares can be over £85!
The system will book up to 12 weeks (3 months) in advance. Without being
privvy to their booking algorithims, I can say that you’ll probably get the
lowest fares if you book at least one month in advance.
To use the system, you select your routing, date, and time, and when
ready, put in your credit card number. When you arrive at the point
where your train ticket will originate, insert your credit card into
marked terminals in or near the ticket offices, and … zip! … out pops
your pre-paid ticket.
Rayton in the dining room of the Midland Hotel, in Bradford.
Photo: Thomas Hauerslev
You can purchase rail tickets from that national rail travel website,
but they work like airline bookings: you may lock yourself into a
certain departure time and, if you miss it, you may lose some of your
In my experience, for London to Bradford, it is essential to buy the
ticket at least one day before the trip, i.e., "advance purchase". If
you buy the ticket same day of travel, and it's a weekday, they'll
charge you plenty. When I've been in London, I've typically purchased my
ticket (the day ahead) right at Kings Cross station, just to be SURE
I've got the station location set in my head, relative to where I'm
staying, and I don't miss something. Of course, if you're not going to
be in London the day before, that option is not available. You can
pre-purchase your ticket for most or all of these trains from the
if so doing, be sure to allow yourself sufficient time for connections
to your station of origin. The tickets I've bought have all been
reserved seat ticketings, for a specific departure time. If you miss
your scheduled departure, you'll lose some value.
Make sure when buying your ticket that you get it issued to destination
"Bradford", not Leeds, and then your connection ride price is already
paid. The local train to Bradford operates right out of the same (Leeds)
station, so a very quick connection is sometimes possible, depending on
whether the mainline train arrives a few minutes early or not...
For Manchester to Bradford, it's basically a longish commuter ride --
albeit with nicer commuter railcar equipment for the service. The
purchase price for single trips will not change all that much, so I
don't see any urgent need for one to buy far in advance on that one. You
may as well just get it at the airport.
But still ... reports are that you can pay for your ticket in advance on
this route, as well. You use your visa card from "home", and then get
your ticket issued automatically at the airport station ("prepaid"),
thus availing yourself of the advance purchase discounts. I have not
personally tried this option and don't know if there are any reserved
seat/specific departure time issues here (I doubt it). Word of this
option comes from a reliable source. You might save as much as £2 or £3
for the trip.
Some trains run from the Manchester airport station right through,
direct to Leeds. Some others require a change [in Huddersfield - same
platform, ed], and possibly two changes! When you board your train, be
sure to ascertain whether it actually will be going to Leeds, or not.
And if not, where do you change?
And at Leeds, almost invariably, you must change. All this changing
shouldn't be a problem for you, as the platform announcements and
electronic signage are usually quite good -- but if you're arriving from
an intercontinental flight, you'll likely still be a bit groggy. Be careful.
The UK rail website is, again, quite good at providing schedules, times,
change-of-train locations, and costs, so that should be your guide. If
you can print a copy of "your" itinerary before you leave, you'll be
much better prepared for the train portion, if you've never done UK
train riding before.
you come by train from London, or from Manchester, you almost always get off
at Leeds (you shouldn't miss it, it's frequently the last stop of several of
the routes – I say “frequently” -- but not always! Pay attention!!) . At
Leeds, you transfer to a local train service, Leeds to Bradford. The
Leeds-Bradford services operate about every 15 minutes, and it's about a 20
min. ride Some are direct to Bradford Forster Square, some involve another
Special note: There is (or have been, in the past -- it still shows in the
timetables) at least one train per day between London King's Cross and
Bradford as direct, no-change-of-trains service. You get on in London, off
in Bradford. "Easy as pie". The one listed now leaves London around 5:30pm,
and arrives in to Bradford Forster Square around 8:20pm -- a bit on the late
side if trying to catch any movie events that evening. However, if you are
not otherwise planning something in the early evening, it eliminates all the
"change at Leeds" business. (It goes through Leeds anyway, you just don't
have to get off there!)... Details at that rail planning
Two local train routes from Leeds to Bradford...
aware that there are two rail routings between Leeds and Bradford..
And, just to confuse you, there are two separate train stations in
Bradford! They're not so far apart, really -- if you are just walking at
a normal pace, without luggage, you could walk between them in, maybe, 8
to 10 minutes. With baggage, it would be more.
The train services out of Leeds run at 15 minute intervals, alternately
going to Bradford "Interchange" station, and then Bradford "Forster
I strongly suggest you wait for the proper train destination, even
though it's technically possible to be "in Bradford" sooner by going to
the "wrong" station. You'll waste an equivalent time (and probably
money) getting sorted out from the wrong station, just because of the
hassle factor, (plus that you may well be quite tired for a long airline
journey), and the weather may be blustery and ... you get the idea. So
now see next paragraph for more about the two stations:
Two train stations in Bradford ...
romance. Photo: Paul Rayton
There are the two different stations in
Bradford, one called "Interchange Station", the other called "Forster Square
Station". Either station will get you into central Bradford, but (IMHO) the
station you want is the "Forster Square Station", because it is only about
100 yards easy walking distance to [my] preferred hotel, the "Midland". (see
If you have to wait for the train to the Bradford station you want, I
recommend you do that wait there in Leeds, as opposed to taking an earlier
train to the less-preferred station. You will have a good 10 min. walk,
juggling those bags, or a taxi ride, at additional cost in Bradford, so ...
as I say, you may as well wait the few minutes for the "correct destination"
On the other hand, if you are on a day trip from within the UK, the
"Interchange" station is the one closer to the NMM. If you are arriving
without baggage from some other local UK city, "Interchange" is probably the
The "Forster Square" station is more handy to the Midland Hotel. If you are
heading to or from the hotel, that's the station you want -- "Forster
Square". Another helpful hint at Bradford Forster Square: from the train
platforms, proceed forward, and, keeping toward the RIGHT of the station
building, proceed maybe 10 yards to an elevator which will take you up to
the street level, from which it’s an easy walk DOWN a slight incline, along
the street, to the front door of the Midland Hotel. (You can also simply
proceed at the tracks level, forward, along a driveway and past an office
building, toward the “historic” entrace to the hotel, which presumably was a
leftover from the days of the railway station. But this “lower” route
involves a bit more climbing, esp. going up a ramp and some stairs at the
Hotels in Bradford
Midland Hotel. Photo: Paul Rayton
There are several possibilities, most centrally located, i.e, all more
or less within walking distance of the National Media Museum (NMM) ...
The primary list includes:
Holiday Inn ["Express"]
Or, the operating company for the hotel
My favorite is the last-listed one, the "Midland Hotel", partly because
it's a historic building, built somewhere around the late 1800s, and is
(or was) formerly an old "railway" hotel. Also, it has, in recent years,
become the "official" hotel of the WSW events. Nice, classic, brick
structure. They have (usually) lots of rooms, singles and doubles,
reached via somewhat labyrinthine corridors. Sometimes you can
pre-arrange to share a double with someone, and when you book your room,
you should mention that you are attending the Bradford Film Festival
and/or the Wide Screen Weekend, as there are usually some kind of
special rates. No matter what, lower rates usually prevail on weekend
I seem to recall that in March of '07, the nightly single rate was £85,
but, again, that will vary, (and that was before I thought I'd be
writing up this travelers guide to Bradford....! )
In '05, my net Visa charge was for £167, and I was billed $330.
In '06, my net Visa charge was for £186, and I was billed about the
same, some $330.
But the 3 nights in '07 (my Visa bill doesn't show the '07 cost in UK £
) cost me $422.
And 4 nights in '08 cost me $450.00
Like I say, travel costs add up... But still it's a nice hotel, and the
[included] hot breakfast is quite hearty (ham and eggs and cereal and
tea and rolls and juice and beans and ...more toast and jam and ... )
And all that will help keep you going during the day.
There are other hotels, as I listed before. You may check them by doing
a web search for "'hotels'+'Bradford, England'". Caution, though, as
some may be a bit farther out from the city center.
Keep in mind that time can be of the essence. One cash-strapped guy I
know sought to save absolute $ by staying at the lowest-price hotel that
he could find, which was the Travelodge. But he realized (later) that he
spent about 40 minutes per trip each direction, walking back and forth
to the hotel, which kind of ate into his available time for seeing films
and talking with other people attending ... So, after all was said an
done, he felt it was a bit of a "false economy".
I've never tried one in Bradford, but "bed and breakfasts" are quite
common in the UK, and usually the least expensive for accommodations.
However, they may be located some distance away from the center of the
city. There is local bus service along several routes through the city,
but my priority has been to stay near the NMM in order to be handy to as
many events as I wish to see. And those local buses later in the evening
can be few and far between!
I checked the Midland Hotel's online rates listed in December '07 for a single room in March 2008, and it seemed to work out to about
£66 (for a single) per night, but that was for 4 nights, some "weekday",
and some "weekend", so -- who knows, see what comes up on your own
search. You can book via the online links, or telephone them, at (+44)
(0) 0124-735-735. Fax is (+44) (0) 1274-720-003.
This "in70mm.com" website has some up-to-the-moment hotel and
event pricing information
posted as well.
Restaurant and Food Service
Photo: Paul Rayton
There are several various choices, varying in level of quality and
service. "You pays your money and takes your level of service", you
The Midland Hotel's breakfast is a splendidly hearty way to start the
day. And that's included in your room rate.
Later in the day, there is a cafeteria inside the NMM which functions
daytime hours, and you can get quick helpings of sandwiches, soup, hot
dogs, and other hot (and cold) food without having to spend much time in
going out. There's also a small "bar" right in the theatre lobby, with
coffee, tea, beer, cookies, and the occasional croissants and light
sandwiches (supplied from the NMM cafeteria).
Alternatively, going a bit further out, there's the "franchise" options.
Your basic Burger King, and a McDonalds -- and other "fast food" spots
-- in central Bradford, which you can get to in a 7- to 10- minute walk
from the NMM.
And there are other places, too: one at the Midland hotel, as well as a
very good Indian restaurant just up the hill from the NMM -- but you'll
need to allow time for a full meal there, they are not "eat and run"
However, truth be told, most of the time I've spent my time watching
shows, or schmoozing, and hardly have time to worry much about mundane
issues like "food"... I've been known to just get a bottle or two of
diet cola from a small shop just up the street from the NMM, and quietly
subsist on that, since they basically discourage food being brought into
the theatre (because of cleaning considerations). Dietarily disastrous,
but the caffeine keeps me going. Maybe a "granola" bar sometime... The
large breakfasts become the primary meal of the day...
OK, so central England isn't Tahiti, or
anything resembling a tropical paradise. It's late winter (or early
spring -- whatever!), and the weather can best be described as "blustery
and changeable". Typically, in Fahrenheit degrees, it's maybe 45°F or so
daytimes, and 35°F, or lower, nighttimes. (That's approximately 7°C
days, and 1°C to 2°C nights). Temperatures and conditions can shift
significantly, so you may have a brief flurry of snow, followed by hail
or rain, and then sunny for a spell. All within an hour! Sometimes
accompanied by rather windy days. So, bring warm clothing, which is
wind-resistant, and be ready to take off a layer or two when inside!
Umbrella a good idea, but if the wind really kicks up, keep that
Local currency via ATMs and banks
There are several ATMs in Bradford, near the Midland Hotel. There is
none in the Museum itself, but there is one near to the Museum, a short
walk away outside. The ATMs will dispense £ notes from your overseas
accounts, so you can get ready UK£ cash that way. (I don't recall seeing
an ATM at the LBA airport, but there may be one). There is at least one
bank right near the Midland Hotel, with an ATM colorfully named the
“Hole in the Wall”. This bank (Barclay’s) is open on Saturdays, but is
closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
Hope this all helps you get a handle on setting up your visit.
Thanks to Thomas Hauerslev
(Denmark), Brian Guckian (Ireland), and Leo Enticknap (UK) for
additional comments and pointers
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