The Bradford Police Museum
The Bradford Police Museum
4.5
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Bradford Police Museum is located on Centenary Square. The Museum features a Cell Tour, a Court Tour and a Gallery Tour. The Museum focuses mainly on the Bradford City Police Force and aspects of 19th Century Policing. The Museum is open on: Fridays between 11am and 3pm and Saturdays between 12noon and 4pm.
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  • KirstieandCharles
    Halifax, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    What a fantastic tour! Definitely worth the money and worth a visit. We had a lovely tour guide who was so knowledgeable and showed us all sorts and told us so much. So interesting seeing the cells and the court room. Well definitely be coming back :)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Chris and Jo Marchant
    Deeside, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ghost tour for the Scouts
    We brought our Scouts for a ghost tour around the cells. Martin and the other staff were very friendly and showed us around, including the drama of the court room and the dark and dimly lit cells! Not recommended for the under 10's! The exhibition in the museum itself was very interesting. Worth noting that there are no toilets on site.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Claire F
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    We could not have asked for better tour guides, Stan and Charlie made our day! Lots to see and my children enjoyed becoming a policeman and policewoman by trying old helmets and hats on. Thank you so much! We would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • elaine w
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous police experience
    Attended the Halloween event. We sat in the courtroom where real cases were re-enacted. Stunningly beautiful courtroom. Then we had a tour of the cells & shown how prisoners were transported. The passion of the volunteers shone through. Definitely worth a visit as extremely informative & lots of exhibits.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
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Jane R
Bradford, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Police Museum is a hidden historical gem in the City Hall, run by informed and committed volunteer staff, some of whom have been serving officers. Their interest and dedication certainly came across to me whilst taking part in the re-enactment of a genuine Bradford court case concerning a murder that took place in 1888.
As one of 24 members of the public, we made up 2 juries hearing the evidence of the day from a convincingly be-wigged judge, prosecutor and defence counsel. Costumed 'witnesses' gave us their evidence via 2 video screens, strangely at odds with the beautiful old wooden courtroom, after which we adjourned to bring in our separate verdicts.
But, as with Agatha Christie's Mousetrap in London, I am sworn to secrecy not to reveal the details of the case and the outcome(s), so no spoilers here!
If anyone has the interest and curiosity to learn more, it is well worth 2 hours of your time and the ticket price. I have noticed it always sells out quickly, but do note: it is not suitable for children, nor anyone who is adversely affected by grittier tv crime dramas. This may have been a long time ago, but it was real, and utterly compelling, and that is why I loved it.
The museum also hosts a Ghost Tour I intend to go on. I wonder if I'll get to meet Chains Charlie!
Verdict: Highly recommended! (Due to the nature of steep and narrow steps, I'm afraid some people with mobility problems through age or disability might have to sadly give this event a miss.)
Written 5 February 2024
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elaine w
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Attended the Halloween event. We sat in the courtroom where real cases were re-enacted. Stunningly beautiful courtroom. Then we had a tour of the cells & shown how prisoners were transported. The passion of the volunteers shone through. Definitely worth a visit as extremely informative & lots of exhibits.
Written 31 October 2023
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Claire F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We could not have asked for better tour guides, Stan and Charlie made our day!
Lots to see and my children enjoyed becoming a policeman and policewoman by trying old helmets and hats on.
Thank you so much!
We would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about visiting.
Written 17 September 2023
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Chris and Jo Marchant
Deeside, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We brought our Scouts for a ghost tour around the cells. Martin and the other staff were very friendly and showed us around, including the drama of the court room and the dark and dimly lit cells! Not recommended for the under 10's! The exhibition in the museum itself was very interesting.
Worth noting that there are no toilets on site.
Written 22 August 2023
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Jamie Firth
Otley, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We absolutely loved the guided tour as the tour guide Stan was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.
Thank you Stan!

Many thanks !

Jamie
Written 12 August 2023
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Rociopinky
Puebla, Mexico65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Little gem totally worth a visit, staff are incredibly friendly and guided tours are provided by retired members of the police who makes it a rich and personal experience.
The tour takes about two hours that fly by and you will earn a lot of the regional and national history of law & order.
Written 8 July 2023
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KirstieandCharles
Halifax, UK170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What a fantastic tour!
Definitely worth the money and worth a visit.
We had a lovely tour guide who was so knowledgeable and showed us all sorts and told us so much.
So interesting seeing the cells and the court room.
Well definitely be coming back :)
Written 7 July 2023
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Edinburghgirl666
Cleveland40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Having been to the police museum in Glasgow we were pleased to see this open, in we went expecting the usual displays of uniforms, old handcuffs, radios and suchlike, but it was that and more, we were taken down on a tour of the actual old police station, starting outside where prisoners would be brought in to custody,our guide was great, an ex police officer who worked there in the 70's, he was full of very interesting facts, we went in the old office, the male cells and the womens cells then up tothe court room, where many tv programmes have been filmed apparently. Well worth the £7 .
Written 2 July 2023
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Paul Q
Isle of Man408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My wife & I visited the museum in June & enjoyed our experience. We went on the tour which took in the cells & courtroom as well as the other exhibits. The guys manning it were all very friendly. I would recommend the tour.
Written 27 June 2023
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Nomad25414022789
United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Brilliant experience - not expecting such a wonderfully historic and interesting tour with our fab tour guide Alan.

He had a wealth of knowledge and answered all our extra questions.

Really enjoyed this even though my teenage kids were a bit sceptical but were raving about it after

All the staff were lovely including guest appearances from 'wickets'

Don't miss out on going here!
Written 6 May 2023
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