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11 Fun Things To Do in Bradford for Adults

The West Yorkshire city of Bradford is an exciting and vibrant place, now home to more than 350,000 people.

There are lots of fun and exciting activities for grown-ups to enjoy in Bradford - here's our selection of some of the best:

Saltaire Brewery Tour

© Saltaire Brewery

Saltaire Brewery have been making their award-winning beers since 2006 and now you can see the entire operation on a brewery tour.

Your tour will cover all the activities in the brewhouse itself and you'll also see the impressive packaging plant that gets the beer ready for dispatch.

© Saltaire Brewery

Your tour concludes with a visit to the taproom where you can enjoy a beer tasting experience and sample the craft beers, real ales and lagers you've just seen being made.


VR City

© VR City

Coming bang up-to-date, VR City claims to offer the biggest, most immersive and best Virtual Reality experience in Yorkshire.

There's a VR Race Car experience, complete with a motion seat that will immerse you in everything from rallying to Formula 1.

VR City also has a VR Arena with more than 100 games to choose from including Angry Birds VR, first-person zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine, VR boxing with Creed Rise to Glory, Elven Assassin, Fruit Ninja VR and many more.

© VR City

There's even a VR Escape Room where you can put on a headset and work with your team on one of eleven exciting escape room scenarios that would be impossible (or much too dangerous) in real life!


Shipley Glen Tramway

© Shipley Glen Tramway

Just to the North of Bradford, you'll find Shipley Glen Tramway - a preserved historic tramway, dating from 1895, now maintained and run entirely by volunteer enthusiasts.

You can ride the 400-metre tramway through the beautiful wooded Shipley Glen, between the two stations.

The line was originally built as a funicular tramway to take visitors between various attractions in Shipley Glen which have long since closed, leaving just the trams.

© Shipley Glen Tramway

The tramway is open on Sundays only from 12:00 to 16:00 although larger groups may be able to arrange a group booking for other days.


Axe Bey Urban Axe Throwing

© Axe Bey

If you fancy trying your hand at axe throwing, then Axe Bay Urban Axe Throwing is the place for you.

After a safety briefing, you'll be shown how to throw an axe so it hits the bullseye, and then it's your turn to have a go.

Soon it's time to compete against the rest of your group to see who will be crowned axe-throwing champion.

© Axe Bey

Axe throwing is both exciting and strangely therapeutic - so you might get hooked and want to come back for more!


Looney Golf

© Looney Golf Bradford

Bradford's first indoor mini golf experience, Looney Golf is a fun activity that everyone will enjoy.

Choose from two exciting themed courses: Neon Jungle and Dump Yard.

In Neon Jungle you can putt past the pelican, take a selfie at the waterfall, confront the Ape of Looney Golf and finally aim for the tiger's mouth.

For a more urban vibe choose the Dump Yard course. Start in the junkyard, go past the tyre stop to the tricky wall riding hole to the frustrating pinball hole.

© Looney Golf Bradford

Whichever course you choose, everyone gets a go at the bonus 9th hole where a hole in 1 will win a free game for your next visit!

As well as mini-golf there's pool, table tennis and retro video games to play in the arcade.

If you've worked up an appetite, stop at the cafe and choose from their range of hot and cold drinks, savouries and desserts.


The Climbing Hub

© The Climbing Hub

Since its triumphant appearance in the Olympics, indoor climbing has been booming - so why not experience the thrill of sport climbing for yourself at The Climbing Hub?

With a huge bouldering wall and no less than 16 lines of roped climbing, there are plenty of challenges to take on.

If you're new to climbing, there are induction courses aimed at beginners that will get you started on your climbing journey:

Bouldering Induction will show you how to climb on the bouldering walls safely without ropes. The session will last for 30 minutes and then you'll be free to climb bouldering routes unsupervised at The Climbing Hub.

© The Climbing Hub

On the Auto-Belay Induction, you'll learn how to climb the higher walls with ropes using an auto-belay so you don't have to worry about managing the ropes.


National Science and Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum © Science Museum Group

The Science and Media Museum explores how sound and image technologies have transformed all our lives.

Re-live your youth in the Games Lounge and play classic games like Super Mario Kart and Pac-Man as you explore the gaming timeline. Enjoy console games, arcade games and the best of home gaming all for one low admission price.

Journey through the history of photography in The Kodak Gallery, and enjoy the temporary exhibitions that explore how modern media has enhanced our lives.

You can watch a film in the fabulous Pictureville Cinema - Yorkshire's largest independent cinema boasting three screens and the most immersive IMAX in the area with its 60-foot screen and 3D projectors.

National Science and Media Museum © Paul Thompson / Science Museum Group

Choose from the latest releases to family favourites, arthouse films, classics of cinema and more.

Museum admission is free (cinema tickets and admission to the Games Lounge not included).



© Laser Zone Bradford

Experience the excitement of laser tag in one of the UK's largest arenas, complete with atmospheric lighting, music and smoke.

The LaserZone Bradford arena is themed as a bio-chemical warfare research station and includes a train depot, kennels, bio lab, shooting range and more.

© Laser Zone Bradford

Score points by shooting your opponents with your state-of-the-art laser gun, then try to de-activate the bases without being shot.


Bradford Hidden Gems by Cluecation

Bradford Hidden Gems © Cluecation

Hidden Gems of Bradford is a fun way to see the best bits of Bradford while playing a game.

It's a fun treasure hunt and self-guided tour in one, that uses your smartphone. Earn points when you visit interesting places, solve tricky clues and complete challenges.

If you're feeling competitive, there's even a Travel League so you can see how you stack up against other groups.

Bradford Hidden Gems © Cluecation

With flexible start times and a whole city to explore, this is a great way to discover the best that Bradford has to offer.


The Alhambra Theatre

© Tim Green via Flickr

A night at the theatre is always a memorable occasion, and when the theatre is Bradford's famous Alhambra Theatre, it's a real treat too.

This beautiful and historic theatre which first opened in 1914 is now home to the very best live entertainment.

At the Alhambra, you can find everything from Disney and popular West End Musicals to The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Popular shows like The Lion King, Warhorse, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot and Wicked have all had successful runs at The Alhambra.

© Tim Green via Flickr

Why not have a meal in Restaurant 1914 before the show? Or have a light snack in the Dress Circle Café, or a drink from one of the bars.


Flashback Arcade

© Flashback Arcade

If you love arcade games, you'll love Flashback Arcade.

Offering unlimited play on a huge range of classic and modern arcade machines for a one-off entry fee, Flashback Arcade offers hours of fun whatever the weather.

With everything from retro games like Atari's famous "Pong" game, to side-by-side two-player racing games, street-fighting games, basketball machines and even pinball tables, there's lots to enjoy.

© Flashback Arcade

Flashback Arcade is open Thursday-Sundays every week.


As you can see, Bradford has a lot of fun activities for adults to enjoy. We hope you have a great time whatever you choose to do.



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