Midland Hotel
Midland Hotel, Bradford.jpg
Main entrance to the hotel
General information
LocationForster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU
Coordinates53°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
Opening1890 (original); 1993 (restored)
OwnerPeel Hotels
ManagementPeel Hotels
Design and construction
ArchitectCharles Trubshaw
DeveloperMidland Railway Company
Other information
Number of rooms90
Number of restaurants1
Parking40 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]

See also


  1. ^ "Charles Trubshaw, architect". Bradford Midland Hotel. Midland Railway Hotel Bradford. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Midland Hotel, Bradford". Peel Hotels. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Pennington sold for £4m". Craven Herald. 8 December 1998. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "John Pennington presenter profile". BBC. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Pennington sold for £4m". Telegraph & Argus. 8 December 1998. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Sir Henry Irving Is Dead, Sudden Collapse at the Midland Hotel". Midland Railway Hotel - Bradford. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Corner Block of Midland Hotel (Grade II) (1133247)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 February 2018.