Whether you’re planning a fun day out with the family or finding some new activities to fill some spare time, travelling along a train route can often introduce you to a world of new places and experiences. Beginning in the City of Bradford, which is often overlooked and unrecognised for its independent businesses and places of interest, can become a new place of adventure and bonding for those enjoying a family day out.

Train stop: Bradford Forster Square

The area surrounding Bradford Forster Square is frequently ignored, even though it remains the main space that connects people from the wider areas to the city centre of Bradford. Directly next to the station you’ll be able to find Forster Square Shopping Park, their leading shopping destination which includes major businesses, high-street names and fast-food eateries.

National Science and Media Museum – Only a short walk away from the station you can find the National Science and Media Museum, an establishment of science, culture and technology. With an aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future, their galleries and exhibitions are the perfect place to take children and fuel their imagination. From permanent interactive galleries, temporary exhibitions in sound sensations to special events on media history, you can truly experience the significant innovations from the last century.

Pictureville, Bradford BD1 1NQ

City Park – The public space of City Park at Centenary Square is an award-winning area, and is centered on the Grade I listed Bradford City Hall. Towards the back of the Mirror Pool you can find the play jets which children love to run around and play in. The main fountain also shoots up over 100ft in the air, making it the biggest urban fountain in the UK.

Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1HY

Plant One On Me – Located in Oastler Shopping Centre, you can make a pit stop at this oasis combining nature and a tea room. This independent family business connects with the community of Bradford, using fresh local food to create their delicious menu. A haven of house plants and afternoon tea for a midday relaxation and to fill up your stomachs.

29 John St, Bradford BD1 3SR

Solly’s Fruit & Veg – In this market which is located off Westgate and in the cities Northern Quarter, they’re lined with traders selling everything from quality fish and meat to fresh fruit and vegetables from across the world. The established greengrocers, Solly’s, is no different, selling impeccable fruit and vegetables for a great value, the perfect place to get your five-a-day.

John Street Market, Simes St, Bradford BD1 3SR

Roswitha’s Delicatessen – Also in Oastler Shopping Centre in the market is Roswitha’s Delicatessen, a fully stocked shop with all your favourite cheeses, meats, breads and continental goods. You can treat yourself or a family member to their mouth-watering desserts, including a variety of Cannoli’s coming in flavours like Salted Cream Caramel, Pistachio or Lemon.

19-21 John Street Market, Bradford BD1 3SR

Bread + Roses – Not only is Bread and Roses a vibrant, welcoming cafe, it is also a creative workspace in an inclusive environment that connects with the local community. Whether you’re fancying a hearty breakfast or a quick lunch in between activities, their appetising menu is filled with locally sourced food as well as their coffee coming from local roasters. You can find them on North Parade and indulge yourself in vegan hot chocolates, super salads and their cakes of the week.

14 N Parade, Bradford BD1 3HT

Train stop: Shipley

Shipley is a historic market town in the City of Bradford, closely located to the River Aire running through the town. This thriving area is also closely located to Saltaire, both flourishing with independent businesses and activities for a fun day out with family or friends. Filled with a combination of good cafes, shops and places of interest, you can quickly hop on the train and enjoy a day in Shipley.

The Triangle – This friendly little bottle shop in Shipley sells the tastiest beers, wines and spirits within a trendy space. Being open since 2015, they’ve become a crucial part of the local community and even offer a delivery service to local areas including Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Baildon and Bradford. With over 100 craft beers from around the world, they also have a gallery and events space available on the first floor.

47 Bradford Rd, Shipley BD18 3DS

Drakes Fish and Chips – Traditional fish and chips shop, Drakes, aim to deliver the highest quality Yorkshire fish and chips in their takeaways and restaurants. Their takeaway on Bradford Road does not compromise on quality as their menu is great value for money, and always welcome their customers with a warm and friendly smile.

53 Bradford Rd, Shipley BD18 3DS

The Bothy – Nestled away in the heart of Shipley is family run coffee shop The Bothy, inspired by Bothies that are usually found in remote locations offering a cosy environment. They have a unique blend of coffee which is hand roasted in the heart of Yorkshire by Cloud Gate coffee. Aiming to create a relaxing space for everyone, they’re the perfect cosy coffee shop to grab a drink before your next activity.

53 – 55 Otley Rd, Shipley BD18 3PY

Saltaire Trip Boat – Located on the Leeds Liverpool Canal by the World Heritage Site of Saltaire is the narrowboat, Titus. You can jump on board and enjoy a relaxing 30 minute cruise along a stretch of the canal, with fares only being £4 per person. Longer trips can be organised over the phone, but a leisurely journey along the water sounds like an ideal Autumn afternoon activity.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3LA

Salts Mill – The former textile mill, Salts Mill in Shipley is now a reformed art gallery, restaurant complex and shopping centre. The historic building often offers special events and exhibitions, with displays of David Hockney’s work in the 1853 gallery and shops to buy art materials and books. You can spend a grand day out at Salts Mill, take in the culture and treat yourself to something to eat!

Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3LA