Whilst Leeds has one of the best city centres in the country, its amazing suburbs are also places you really don’t want to miss out on! If you’re new to Leeds or just want to explore more of this wonderful city, then our guide will help you discover the hidden treasures of Leeds’ suburbs. Every one has their favourite, which one will you be?
Chapel Allerton – The Vibrant One
Whilst being a suburb, Chapel Allerton is often described as an ‘urban village’ with a friendly community feel, offering unique shops, beautiful parks, excellent restaurants and vibrant bars. There are regular bus routes to Leeds meaning you’ll only be 10 minutes from the city, but the suburb has it’s own little high street, as well as a thriving arts and events scene.
Highlights: Chapel Allerton Park, Inkwell Arts centre, Seven Arts centre, Scott Hall Leisure Centre, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op, So Pilates, Yoga Kula, Angels shop, The Pink Banana, The Perfumed Garden, The Mustard Pot, Kith & Kin, El Bareto, Sukothai, The Sunshine Bakery.
Horsforth – The Historical One
Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, with the Village Museum hosting collections and displays illustrating life in the suburb. Make the most of the open green spaces such as Cragg Hill parks, Bramley Fall Park and Horsforth Hall Park. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station gives you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters. Horsforth is also just a short journey from Leeds/Bradford airport if you fancy a trip away!
Highlights: Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Newlay Valley, Coco Thai Massage, Bar 166 & Bistro, Trattoria Il Forno, Café Marinetti, “The Horsforth Mile”, The Brown Cow, Medusa, Sandbar.
Moortown – The Foodie One
Just 15 minutes from the city centre, this suburb is like it’s own little town with a great range of amenities including a Marks & Spencer, restaurants, bars, banks and other shops. You’ll also find a few vintage shops, a David Lloyds gym and the Moortown Golf Club, listed in the top 100 in the country. Moortown is especially known for its longstanding Jewish community and selection of amazing eateries.
Highlights: G-Wu, Mama Doreen’s, Haley & Clifford, Ira B’s, Gourmet Foods, The Street Lane Bakery, Amici Italian, The Lord Darcy, Blackbird Vintage, Tree Tops Community Centre.
Calverley – The Picturesque One
This stunning village is just 20 minutes from Leeds, easily reached by the ring road and buses. The village itself has a friendly feel and a welcoming community spirit, with great schools, delicious eateries and village pubs, a beautiful park, and surrounded by local farms and golf clubs. This quaint village gives you the best of both city and village living, whilst being the perfect location for families.
Highlights: Victoria Park, Calverley Old Hall, Crossfield Farm, Calverley Golf Club, Calverley C of E Primary School, The Thornhill, The Calverley Arms, The New Inn.
Headingley – The Sporty One
The suburb of Headingley is an ideal place to live for young professionals, with an array of shops, eateries and bars, as well as great transport links, meaning Leeds city centre is easily reached by bus and train. The suburb is home to Carnegie Stadium, Leeds Beckett University Campus and many green spaces including Beckett Park and Beckside Gardens. Headingley has a great community spirit, and provides the perfect mix of suburban and city living.
Highlights: Carnegie Stadium, Cottage Road Cinema, The Bear Pit, HEART centre, Jino’s, The Original Oak, Beer Ritz, Arcadia, Shake It.
Pudsey – The Peaceful One
The peaceful suburb of Pudsey is conveniently located between Leeds and Bradford, which are easily accessible by car (in just 15 minutes), bus or the local train station just a few minutes walk away. Pudsey is one of the quieter suburbs of Leeds, but still has plenty of excellent shops, bars and restaurants. Take a stroll round the stunning Pudsey Park or catch a film at the nearby Odeon Cinema.
Highlights: Owlcotes Shopping Centre, Pudsey Leisure Centre, Pudsey Park, Westroyd Park, Queen’s Park, Odeon Cinema, Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, The Wetherby Whaler, Piccolo’s Pizza.
Kirkstall – The Old & New One
Kirkstall is close to the city centre, but retains its suburban feel, with a mix of traditional pubs, local shops and sports facilities, including a dedicated pilates centre. It also has a brand new retail park, with an M&S Food Hall, Pure Gym and Costa Coffee. As well as the new, discover the old at the fascinating Kirkstall Abbey, which hosts great events including markets and cinema screenings.
Highlights: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Gallery FortyOne, The West End House.