Midland Hotel, Bradford

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Midland Hotel
Midland Hotel, Bradford.jpg
Main entrance to the hotel
General information
Location Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU
Coordinates 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518Coordinates: 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518
Opening 1890 (original); 1993 (restored)
Owner Peel Hotels
Management Peel Hotels
Design and construction
Architect Charles Trubshaw
Developer Midland Railway Company
Other information
Number of rooms 90
Number of restaurants 1
Parking 40 spaces (free for guests)

The Midland Hotel is a 90-bedroom three-star Victorian hotel in Bradford city centre, owned and managed by London-based Peel Hotels.

The architect was Charles Trubshaw, who was contracted to design many railway stations for Midland Railway Company.[1]

Construction of the hotel began in 1885 and took five years to complete.[2] It was built by the Midland Railway Company as part of the original Forster Square Railway Station, as a showpiece for the company's northern operations.

Following the "golden age of steam" the hotel fell into disrepair until it was bought by Bradford entrepreneur John Pennington in 1992,[3] who restored it and the hotel re-opened as the Pennington Midland Hotel in 1993.[4] It was sold to Peel Hotels in December 1998, who returned it back to its original name.[5]

During its life, the hotel has played host to many famous guests, including Sir Henry Irving, an English stage actor, who died there in 1905.[6]

The corner block of the hotel on Lower Kirkgate (pictured) was made a grade II listed building in 1983.[7]


  1. ^ "Charles Trubshaw, architect". Bradford Midland Hotel. Midland Railway Hotel Bradford. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Midland Hotel, Bradford". Peel Hotels. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Pennington sold for £4m". Craven Herald. 1998-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ "John Pennington presenter profile". BBC. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Pennington sold for £4m". Telegraph & Argus. 1998-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Sir Henry Irving Is Dead, Sudden Collapse at the Midland Hotel". Midland Railway Hotel - Bradford. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Corner Block of the Midland Hotel, Bradford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 

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