Welcome to Bradford Police Museum
Located in the historical City Hall Bradford the Bradford Police Museum provides a unique insight into the history and heritage of policing, criminal justice, civic enforcement and the development of crime and punishment in Bradford from the early 19th century onwards.
The museum situated on the site of the original 19th century police station in City Hall and which was operational between 1874 and 1974 brings together exhibits, documents and memorabilia relating to the history of policing from the inception of the Bradford Borough Police force in the mid-19th century to the present day.
The collection includes Victorian police truncheons, uniforms and a unique photographic archive covering 150 years of policing in the city.
Visits to the museum include guided tours of the original Victorian cells which formed part of the original police station together with a visit to the beautifully preserved Victorian Court room.
New Epaulette Scheme 2021.
The epaulette scheme has returned. If you are a police officer at any rank, PCSO, Special Constable past or present from WYP or any of the older now history City or Borough Forces including West Riding.
This is a unique opportunity to mark your service to West Yorkshire in the museum in the form of one of your shirt epaulettes or sliders which will be added to our present display of over 200 in the museum. More information go to the news page.
New Ghost Tours go to our Events page
We are delighted to announce that the police museum will be reopening on Friday 4th June 2021 and Saturday 5th June 2021 and then every Friday and Saturday onwards until the end of November. We have extended our opening hours so that we are now open from 10am to 4pm on both Fridays and Saturdays.
All our volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back to our museum which has been named as one of Bradford’s top ten visitor attractions by Trip Advisor.
Please all be aware that you must now pre-book and purchase tour tickets in advance of your visit. This can be done by simply clicking the link to book tickets on this page. Your group can be up to a maximum 6 people who may come from 2 family bubbles and who must socially distance as a group
The safety and comfort of you and your family is our top priority. We have introduced reduced capacity for social distancing and hygiene measure to make sure that you visit goes smoothly. We have made sure that all our visitors can enjoy a safe visit, while still experiencing everything that we have to offer.
Please read our ‘before your visit page’ on this web site prior to booking your tickets and coming to visit. It contains essential information that we you will need to know. You will need to supply track information for everyone in your group and please also be aware that the wearing of face masks is required the police museum as in all museums.