The city of Bradford shot to prominence in the last 19th Century when it became an international pioneer in textile manufacture, most notably wool. As a success story of the Industrial Revolution, Bradford enjoyed strong growth in its manufacturing sector although the post-industrial era has since seen the city change its focus to more service-based sectors.
Bradford is connected to the Trans-Pennine motorway network with its own M606 motorway linked to the M62, while its two railway stations and an international airport provide direct connections across the country and into the continent.
Bradford also boasts a strong sporting heritage with a successful football team and a famous rugby league side, the Bradford Bulls, who enjoy a tremendous following. With such a rich industrial heritage and diverse cultural background Bradford remains an important part of Northern England.