Adventures around Bradfordwith PlusBus

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The world's first UNESCO City of Film and home for many decades to the National Science and Media Museum. A centre for nineteenth-century textile mills and, more recently, the Curry Capital of Britain with some of the UK's best Asian food. These are some of the things people know about Bradford. What might be more surprising to visitors from outside the area is that Bradford is also a fabulous gateway to some craggy Yorkshire countryside with waterfalls, wooded valleys, wide views and Bronte connections. There's a huge area covered by a bargain PlusBus ticket. Here are just three of the adventures you could have.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: family | literary connections | museums | Walks | waterfalls | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in February 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Have some Asian food

    With more than 200 varied Asian restaurants in the area, it’s hardly surprising that Bradford has so often been crowned Curry Capital of Britain. Whether you like spicy street food in an informal setting or fine dining in a fancy restaurant, Bradford will have a venue to suit you. Several streets and corners in the city claim a place on Bradford’s culinary map. Great Horton Road is one of the best-known, including the famous Mumtaz restaurant, serving authentic Kashmiri cuisine since 1979, alongside plenty of others, some quite recently opened, offering different styles of food and setting.

    • How do I get to Mumtaz and Great Horton Road by bus? From Bradford Interchange (Stand 2) bus 576 runs to Great Horton Road every 15 minutes. Get off at the Great Horton Rd/Beckside Road stop and start strolling back along the road.
    • You’ll soon reach Paratha Box, a hugely popular restaurant, serving fresh buttery, flaky paratha flatbreads and lots more besides. It opened in 2020 and has become a great meeting place for Bradford families.
    • A little further down, on the same side of the road, is a bright, gleaming branch of Chaiiwala, serving up street food and sweet, lightly-spiced chai. From a Karachi bun kebab and masala chips to authentic samosa chaat and pani puri, this national franchise traces its story back to a chai-seller on the streets of 1920s New Delhi. The first UK store opened in 2016 in Leicester.
    • Another couple of minutes along the road, you’ll pass Mumtaz, which has also come a very long way since the original 1970s street stall on the Great Horton Road.
    • Keep going to reach MyLahore British Asian Kitchen, which fuses culinary traditions and centuries-old techniques with modern ways of cooking. The flagship restaurant, on four floors, is at the far end of the road.
    • Across the road from the smaller branch of MyLahore, queue up at Ambala or another sweet shop nearby for a box of fudge-like Indian mithai to take away. Just after the roundabout, you’ll find the Jalebi corner kiosk cooking up fresh portions of the crunchy, deep-fried desserts, dipped in sugar syrup.
    • There are bus stops all along the road so, when you’ve had enough, just hop on a bus back to Bradford Interchange. Happy exploring!