Welcome to Bradford Police Museum

Bradford Police Museum awarded grant for new exhibition.

The Bradford Police Museum has successfully received a grant for a new and exciting exhibition.

The grant from the Association of Independent Museums on behalf of the National Lottery Heritage Fund called New Audiences New Stories provides funding to launch a new museum exhibition in 2022 called Diversity & Policing: A Shared History. To deliver the project the museum has partnered with Bradford’s Race Equality Network (REN). Go to the funding page for more information.

Bradford Police Museum Funding

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.


Museum Opening 2023.

The museum is open throughout 2023 every Friday and Saturday until the end of November. We open 10am to 4pm both days. However, please be aware that our last tour leaves at 2.30pm

All our volunteers welcome you to the museum which has been named as one of Bradford’s top ten visitor attractions by Trip Advisor.

Please all be aware that you can now pre-book and purchase tour tickets in advance of your visit by clicking the tickets link below and we strongly advise you to do so. Whilst you may still come down on the day and go on a tour, booking in advance guarantees your visit particularly at times when we are busy.

The safety and comfort of you and your family is our top priority. 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.


The museum will also be holding special events on other days during the year. Please check Facebook or Twitter pages for details.

The Bradford Police Museum / Under The Clock Bradford is a registered charity No 1169131

If you wish to donate to the museum please do so by clicking below