Located just to the North West of Leeds Centre, Meanwood is defined by its mix of town and country. It’s the closest thing to village life you will find within the reaches of a thriving metropolis like Leeds. The area borders the ever-popular Headingley to the South West, and to the east Chapel Allerton with a similar blend of eateries and watering holes.

Meanwood Park is one of Leeds best loved open spaces with lots of varied walks and beautiful scenery. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm with its organic market is right on your doorstep, there is also the Meanwood Valley nature reserve, with its fourteen acres of lush meadows and wetlands.

There is a village cricket pitch neighbouring the historic Myrtle Tavern and the Bay Horse Inn, which is well regarded for its fine cuisine. You will also find a range of restaurants and cafes close to the Headingley ‘border’ providing for an abundance of cuisines from Thai, Indian, Italian and of course the famous Bryans fish and chip restaurant.


There are plenty of shops, takeaways and local pubs and restaurants in Meanwood with the hub of Headingley and Hyde Park activity just a stone’s throw away.

Meanwood offers all the services you will need including a medical centre, post office, local library and a dental surgery. Shopping is convenient with a varied range of traditional shops and three supermarkets. Sports and fitness activities are catered for at the flagship David Lloyd centre that offers a whole range of activities including a number of indoor/outdoor tennis courts and indoor/outdoor pool. They also provide a highly respected nursery and kids club.

The local schools have continued to enjoy excellent reputations with Cardinal Heenan Catholic High and Allerton High School both rated ‘good’ whilst Meanwood C of E Primary attracted a ‘highly effective’ rating from OFSTED. Other well regarded schools are Miles Hill Primary, Carr Manor Primary, St Urbans Primary and Carr Manor High School.

Within the private education sector Leeds Girls High School, Leeds Boys Grammar School and Gateways are all within a short commute of Meanwood. Indeed some even provide school buses with local ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ points to enable its pupils to travel to and from school.

Meanwood offers a variety of properties ranging from character Victorian terraces, Grade 2 listed conversion developments, traditional bay windowed semis through to modern apartments and luxurious executive homes on the highly regarded Woodlea Village development. Households tend to be a mixture of couples, families and young professionals.

All of these factors have meant that Meanwood has become one of the city’s property hotspots, coming into its own making the very most of its best features and attracting newcomers from far and wide.

Meanwood is a residential area about 1.5 miles outside of Leeds that has enjoyed some rejuvenation in recent years. Meanwood is a suburban area with a countryside feel. There are many terraced houses as well as some new housing developments, which have appeared in the last 5-10 years. It is still an affordable area of Leeds so an ideal place for a student home in Leeds, particularly as Headingley and Hyde Park are a very short distance away.


Faversham – not far away located on Springfield Mount this is a popular student hang out. Open 11am – 2am, serving beers, and open for lunch seven days a week for that much needed Sunday roast. There’s even a beer garden for those sunny summer afternoons.

If you want a big student night out then head round the corner to Headingley or Hyde Park.

Sport and Leisure

Meanwood is famous for one of the most successful Goals Soccer Centers’ 5-a-side teams, Meanwood F.C., which has captured the hearts of the Stonegate and Parkside residents and become popular amongst the local area. This team may be insignificant on a global scale but it has earned them status amongst the general public of the Meanwood area, which is mainly been due to the way they have promoted themselves.

Other social sporting activities in Meanwood include the Meanwood Valley Trail Race, which is a cross country race that has been going since 1996.

The Headingley sports stadiums are only a short distance away for those rugby and cricket enthusiasts.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm – a city farm of 14 acres, which is home to some organic gardens as well as sheep, horses, goats, and a whole host of other animals.

Meanwood Park – in the north of the area, is one of Leeds’s best loved open spaces with the Meanwood trail and its vast park, you could often mistake parts of Meanwood for being in the countryside. The local Rangers regularly organise events for youngsters in the area.

Meanwood has also become famous for paranormal activities, particularly within the grounds of Meanwood Park Hospital where numerous ghosts have allegedly been spotted.

Public Transport & Road Links

It is close to Leeds and on a major bus route, so appeals for student lets, in Leeds. The inner ring road reaches Meanwood and this enables easy and quick travelling around the city and to the motorways.

Meanwood sits snugly in between, less than a mile each. It is a well connected suburb just inside the ring road with good connections to Leeds city centre and motorway network which include M1, M62, M621 and the A1/M1 Link road. Public transport is also good with bus services running every 10 – 15 minutes into Leeds.