Bradford Metropolitan Borough was formed in 1974 as a part of West Yorkshire. It comprised the City of Bradford, previously a County Borough, and a number of boroughs and districts that had been part of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. Larger places such as Shipley, Keighley (pronounced Keithley), Bingley and Ilkley would see themselves as far more than neighbourhoods, although acknowledging that they come under Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
The former City of Bradford and the boroughs had and have neighbourhoods. An interesting neighbourhood of Bradford (city) near to the centre is Little Germany. Saltaire (see below) is a most interesting neighbourhood of Shipley.
Leeds Bradford Airport is a major centre for jet2.com in addition to numerous national and some other international flights.
Bradford has two stations; Interchange is on the minor route from Leeds to Manchester. Forster Square is also connected with Leeds via Shpley and is the terminus for trains to Ilkley and Skipton (often changing at Shipley to conect with the Leeds line to these destinations.
Bradford is a major National Express stop - Bradford Interrail being one of the first integrated transport spots in the UK.
Bradford centre has some steepish slopes so it pays to have a route in mind before you walk to see a number of sights
Bradford Bulls is a team of the premier league of Rugby League. Bradford City is a football team.
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Bradford has a University and one of the biggest Colleges in England.
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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