Area Guide – Horsforth

Location

Horsforth has expanded from a small agricultural village to one of the most popular suburbs of Leeds. With a strong sense of community, cobbled streets, small independent shops, boutiques and high performing schools, Horsforth is an idyllic setting for young professionals and families.

Situated in LS18 in the North of Leeds, the village has lots to offer, with the perfect mix of business and leisure. Despite being a short distance from Leeds City Centre, Horsforth is blessed with plenty of outdoor space including Horsforth Hall Park, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.

Horsforth benefits from easy access to Horsforth Railway Station and Kirkstall Railway Station on the North and South of the village, both providing routes to Leeds City Centre in under 15minutes. The Leeds outer ring road also adds to the convenient location.

History

Travel back 150 years and Horsforth rated as England’s largest village, very much independent from its bigger neighbours. By 1974, however, it couldn’t keep pace with the irrepressible rise and expansion of Leeds, losing its village status to officially become part of the city (Leeds LS18).

Horsforth has somehow managed to retain some of its village like identity, character and sense of community over the years. If you are interested in finding out a little more about the local history, then you might be pleased to know Horsforth even has its very own museum: Horsforth Village Museum! The museum aims to reflect Horsforth’s heritage in its interesting exhibits, which are drawn from all aspects of life in and around Horsforth and have a great nostalgia and educational value. The museum, which opened to the public in July 1998, is situated at The Green in the heart of the old village.

Eating and Drinking

Horsforth offers an array of restaurants and bars spread across the village. Whether you’re looking for a pub to catch the football game or a luxury bar to grab a cocktail, there is something for everyone.

Named after the famous Brownlee brothers, check out The Brownlee Arms pub and its top-notch Sunday roast or their famous Yorkshire Pudding Wraps. Or, for something a little more cultural, why not head to Moghul’s Indian for a bit of spice and flavour.

A favourite with the locals, Il Forno offers the biggest pizzas around, all within a cosy restaurant in the heart of the village on Horsforth Town Street.

Finally, another making the list of ‘must visits’ is a new addition to popular New Road Side, Brontae’s Bar & Restaurant. Opened by well-known 25-year-old chef Dale Spink, Brontae’s makes a great visit for beautifully presented cuisine in the brand-new modern restaurant.

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat then check out Slow Rise Bakery on New Road Side. The friendly team offer tasty bespoke bagels that will be sure to fill you up. Likewise, Pooky’s Deli and Café offers high quality cakes, snacks, cheeses, wine, gifts and hampers.

If you enjoy trying a range of home brewed beers, The Malt Brewhouse is the place for you. Brewing all their beers in house, the cool and quirky bar offers tasty food and shuffle boards so you can make a fun night of it too. If you prefer the taste of gin, then Granvilles Beer and Gin Bar located around the corner is a must.

The list goes on, Horsforth offers something to suit every day and every night. From family pubs, both independent and chains, to cocktail bars and breweries, homeowners will find that this village offers amenities for every tastebud on their doorstep.

Shops and Amenities

It’s fair to say that you will not be short of places to shop when living in Horsforth!

There are a wide range of options spread across two main high streets, from the usual banks and building societies, including HSBC, Halifax, Santander and more, to local boutiques and independents.

Centrally there is a large Morrison’s supermarket, which backs on to Horsforth Town Street, whilst Sainsbury’s is a short drive away in Kirkstall, providing an alternative superstore option. For that quick and easy ‘grab and go’ option, there are multiple express stores in and around Horsforth.

Independent shops including Missy, Oaks and Very Stylish Girl are just a few of the clothes shops perfect for that boutique design. Whilst The Cave is a must visit for all, selling everything from lighting, furniture to random ornaments and signs. You won’t be leaving empty handed from this quirky store!

Leisure

Horsforth is home to many sports clubs to suit all ages and taste. From tennis clubs to riding clubs, you and your family will not be stuck for places to exercise or the opportunity to join sporting communities.

There are a range of sports clubs available including Horsforth Tennis Club, Horsforth Harriers Running Club, Horsforth Fairweather Football Club, Horsforth Golf Club, Leeds Hockey Club, Crompark Cricket Club and also Otley & District Riding for the Disabled Association.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Football Club has over 75 teams across all ages and genders. So, if you’re looking for a team to get your little ones into football, then there is no doubt you will find a place here for you. Equally, if you are thinking of taking up football yourself, you need look no further!

Trinity and All Saints College is located on the cusp of Horsforth, close to Compark Cricket Ground and Yarnbury (Horsforth) Rugby Club. The College spent £3m on refurbishing its sports centre, which is open to the public and offers a gym, squash, volleyball and indoor football courts. Or, alternatively, a short drive away on Kirkstall Road in Headingley, the council-run sports centre also offers swimming facilities.

The council-run Horsforth Hall Park has a wonderful sense of splendour; features include a cricket ground, bowling green, Japanese garden, brand new skatepark and fantastic play space, particularly suitable for younger kids.

Housing

There’s pretty much every type and period of home within Leeds LS18. Much of Horsforth’s housing dates from its 19th century heyday, though it has expanded steadily since to deliver a good blend of types and periods.

What’s more, Horsforth’s spot on a hill means many of its properties enjoy broad airy views of the surrounding green spaces.

As a rule of thumb, prices rise as you move north and the Cragg Hill district south of the Leeds Ring Road is a little pocket of affordability, as is the Troy district just south of Horsforth station.

Like many of its north Leeds neighbours, Horsforth is a popular settling place for families, and semi-detached two and three-bedders make up almost half of what’s available. However, the recent addition of a 65-acre Redrow development, completed in 2020, added a new lease of life to the area. Situated overlooking the River Aire and Leeds to Liverpool Canal, the development welcomed 500 families into the area with a mix of large detached properties as well as semi’s, terraces and flats.

Trinity and All Saints College attract 2,500 students and some live locally, although there’s no large-scale student ‘quarter’. That may change soon, however, as the college’s plans to double progress.

Property prices are sky high, which has only excelled during the pandemic and you can expect to pay £150k or more for a One-bed Victorian back-to-back. Better value are the ex-local authority three-bed semis at around £200k. If your budget stretches to £250,000, a 1960s mid-terrace town house with three bedrooms could be yours, or if you can spend £300,000 plus, you could snap up a 1950s three-bed semi with drive and garage, situated in a cul-de-sac.

Further up the ladder, £469,000 buys a four-bed 1930s house with sizeable garden set back from the main Rawdon Road. A whisker off £700,000 would be enough for an amazing nine-bedded Victorian villa in a quiet spot just off Town Street. Or jump another £150,000 and you’re looking at a modern detached five-bed house set in large gardens off West End Lane, one of the area’s most desirable addresses.

That’s close to top money for the neighbourhood, although there are some even grander homes that will sell for over £1m, should they reach market anytime soon, according to Estate Agents in Horsforth.

Schools

Horsforth is popular for many reasons, but one that sits highly with families is the amount of excellent and outstanding schools on offer. There are 8 primary schools spread across Horsforth and 4 of these are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, meaning you won’t be short on options.

Horsforth High School sits centrally in the village and is the only secondary school in Horsforth. However, good bus links make nearby schools including Priesthorpe High School in Pudsey, Benton Park in Rawdon, Woodhouse Grove private school in Apperley Bridge and St Mary’s in Menston, all within easy each. Also based in Horsforth is Leeds Trinity University providing degree level education.

Transport

Horsforth is located on main First Leeds bus routes and is home to Horsforth train station so it is well connected to surrounding areas and Leeds city centre. For car drivers there is easy access to the M1, M621 and M62.

Road: Good road access courtesy of the proximity of the Leeds Ring Road (A6120).

Bus: There’s a bus from Horsforth into Leeds City Centre every few minutes at peak times and the journey takes 40 minutes. Buses stopping here are service numbers 9, 31, 32, 33, 50, 81, 82, 97,731 and 757.

Rail: Horsforth rail station is located at Cookridge’s southern tip and offers regular services to Leeds, York, Knaresborough and Harrogate. Journey time to Leeds City Centre is around 15 minutes.

Air: Leeds-Bradford airport is just five miles from Horsforth.

This busy airport has many scheduled and charter flights to domestic and overseas destinations, and budget operator jet2.com is good for discounted fares.

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