Car hire in Bradford
Hiring a car in Bradford
Bradford is a unique city, unlike no other in the UK. Located in West Yorkshire, the city is divided into four different areas that offer visitors completely distinctive experiences.
Driving through Bradford will take you from lush countryside and two UNESCO sites, past homes from literary heros from a time before to a buzzing urban area that has all the creature comforts of modern life.
The city is also surrounded by some of the best places in Yorkshire, such as Leeds, York and Wakefield - all of which can be explored easily in a car.
What you need to know
Bradford has all the amenities and facilities you’d expect to find in a lively and vibrant city, so there are plenty of companies to choose from when it comes to arranging a hire car. Our website will help you sort the wheat from the chaff and get you the best possible deal. With us, you’ll be able to choose a vehicle from the best companies in the business - such as Budget, Avis, Thrifty and Europcar - and take advantage of 24/7 customer support. We don’t charge credit card fees and if your plans happen to change, there is no cost to cancel.
Where to pick up your car
You can travel to Bradford by coach, train or plane, allowing you to choose the option that best fits your needs. If you chose to come to the city via Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), you can pick your car up once you land. All the supplier desks can be found near to the international arrivals area in the main terminal building. One of the advantages of booking beforehand through us is that you just need to fill in a bit of paperwork and then you’re good to go. If you opt to arrange your hire car once you land, there is more hassle to deal with.
For those who come to the city by train, some companies have sites that are on Nelson Street, which is a five-minute walk from the Bradford Interchange Station.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time. Booking with Holiday Autos was easy and I received the car that I had asked for, just perfect!”
Where to go
Once you've collected your car, you can discover a modern city with a rich history that is worth taking the time to explore. You can visit the former homes of much-celebrated authors, such as the Bronte Sisters, or take a tour of Bradford's flourishing modern art scene.
There are a plethora of museums and galleries to wander through, as well as plenty of stunning architecture that will provide the perfect backdrop for photographs. With its rolling hills and rugged moorlands, Bradford is a veritable feast for the eyes.
You could take in a show at the Alhambra Theatre and hit the town to sample the city's nightlife. There is an abundance of real ale and craft beer houses to visit, as well as over 200 Asian restaurants to try. Bradford has been voted the Curry Capital of Britain several times, so it unthinkable not to sample the delicious fare on offer.
There is so much to do and see in the city and a hire car will help you make the most of your trip to Bradford.
While Bradford itself offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, the surrounding areas of the city are also well worth a visit. Leeds is less than nine miles away, which takes less than 30 minutes via the M621 or A647. Here you can visit impressive historical houses and ancient ruins, as well as visiting spectacular art displays and some of the city’s most beautiful parks.
You can also head to Wakefield, which is just 30 minutes away via the M62, to take a stroll around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - the UK’s leading open-air art gallery. The aim of the park is to encourage the exploration of the relationship between nature and art made by some of the 20th century’s leading designers.
If you hop onto the A6036, you can be in Calderdale in around 30 minutes. Here you will find the perfect blend of beauty and history as you visit the different market towns, including Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Ripponden and Todmorden. You will be inundated with spectacular views of the countryside, waterways and stunning architecture. If you’re travelling with young ones, Eureka! The National Children's Museum will blow them away.
Bradford can be your gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, where there are idyllic views and perfect driving conditions aplenty. You could drive from Barden Road in Embsay to Barden Tower via the B6160. As you climb the ascent out of the village of Embsay you will be treated to birdseye views of the lush valley that leads to Skipton. Once you reach to the top of the hill, you will be able to see the stunning landscape of Lower Wharfedale. Why not bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the views?
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more exciting, drive from Stainforth to Malham and revel in the bends and curves of the road through limestone country. This journey begins on Goat Lane, before seeing you move on to Henside Road and Cove Road. After emerging from a steep descent, you will be greeted by the quaint village of Malham where you can visit Malham Tarn, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and the Dry Valley.
Top attractions in Bradford
Whether you want to explore the history of Bradford, want to immerse yourself in the buzzing city atmosphere or take a walk in the shoes of some of history’s greatest authors, the city has something to offer visitors of all ages
Things to do
You can spend your days in Bradford seeking out new experiences and adventures, or relaxing with a bit of retail therapy - it’s completely up to you.
The rolling hills are the perfect location to plan a hike or bike ride, as there is a host of trails and paths for you to follow that will take you deeper into the beautiful countryside. If you want to dip your toe into the local culture and heritage, then you have a host of options to choose from. You can travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, which is a model village located in Shipley.
If art is your thing, you can set your eyes upon contemporary exhibitions at Cartwright Hall and David Hockney at Salts Mill. There is also a wealth of museums to visit, including Bradford Industrial Museum, Brontë Parsonage and East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley.
Eating and drinking
Despite being famous for its award-winning curry houses, Bradford is also home to an amazing selection of other cuisines. You can find sophisticated menus on Michelin starred restaurants, as well as eateries serving authentic Chinese and Thai dishes. There are also a number of markets that offer you the opportunity to sample delicious fare made from local produce. You can also seek out the quirky cafes and tea rooms dotted around Bradford and order traditional afternoon tea.
Bradford’s Cathedral is a must-see when you come to the city. The structure represents 13 centuries of fascinating history, which is why it captivates the thousands of people who visit it every year. Guided tours, events specifically for children and musical celebrations will keep you entertained.
The Undercliffe cemetery, which dates back to 1854, is well worth a visit. It sits high above the city and spreads across a generous 25 acres of land. You’ll find ornate 19th century monuments, elaborate tombs, ostentatious mausoleums and wonderfully decorated obelisks. The Grade II site is still used for burials today and is the final resting place of many notable inhabitants of Bradford.
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