22 Aug Area Guide to Horsforth
Horsforth is one of Leeds’ most sought after suburbs to live. And here’s why:
Places to eat & drink
The Brownlee Arms
Named in honour of our Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee (who grew up in Horsforth), you can expect the classically British menu at this gastropub to be similarly medal-worthy.
Pooky & Grumps
Serving an array of breakfasts and light lunches alongside a well-stocked deli counter to pick up your favourite cheeses and cured meats. You’ll be well catered for at this welcoming cafe and deli when you’re feeling a little peckish.
The Old Ball
As well as serving a variety of freshly made pizzas and real ales, The Old Ball offers a cosy spot to watch some live football and sports, or to play a game of pool.
Town Street Tavern
Home to a ground floor bar where you’ll find an unrivalled selection of quality cask beers and a contemporary dining area overlooking Town Street, there are a variety of comfort food classics and signature burgers to tuck into at the Town Street Tavern.
The Courtyard Café
This social enterprise cafe not only serves a variety of tasty, homemade food, but it also provides structured work placements for people with learning disabilities and other support needs, helping them to develop work-based skills, build friendships and grow their confidence and self-esteem.
Things to do
Horsforth Village Museum
Home to intriguing exhibits which are drawn from all aspects of life in and around Horsforth, this small museum perfectly showcases the identity and character of the suburb, offering plenty of nostalgia and educational value.
Horsforth Hall Park
This large community park is a great place to soak up some fresh air and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
With a trim trail, Japanese garden, cricket pitch, skate park and spider’s web playground, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.
Unleash your creative side and get crafty at this fun pottery studio, where you can try your hand at clay sculpting, painting and a variety of artsy workshops and courses.
None Go By Farm Shop
As well as providing an excellent array of meats at the on-site shop, this family run farm is also a great destination for a day out.
Visitors can enjoy scenic walks on the grounds and meet some of the animals.
Crag House Farm
Complete with garden nursery, farm and gift shop, cafe, tea rooms and regular events hosted, this working farm is home to the charity ‘Caring for Life’ who support vunerable adults.
You can visit for breakfast or a spot of lunch, walk around the farm and see some of the rare breed cattle and sheep or even take part in workshops and events hosted regularly.
Perfect for fitness enthusiasts or anyone looking for a new challenge, the Horsforth Harriers running club caters for all ages and abilities.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or complete beginner, it’s a great way to keep yourself motivated and make a few new friends.
The Cave UK
Selling a quirky array of homeware items, including wall art, sculptures, clocks, chairs and lighting, you can pick up some unique treasures at The Cave that you won’t find elsewhere.
Keith James Menswear
With a reputation for selling some of the finest menswear in Leeds, this stylish shop offers a welcome alternative to the usual high street offerings.
Sophie’s Dress Agency
Perfect if you’re shopping for a special occasion, this designer boutique has a huge choice of quality clothing items.
Specialising in beautiful lingerie, swimwear and luxurious nightwear, you’ll find a vast range of carefully selected brands to choose from at Swanky Pants, and quality service to make the shopping experience less of a headache.
Leeds Trinity University, formerly Leeds Trinity University College, is an independent university after a period as an accredited college of the University of Leeds. The residential campus is located off Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth.
The further education college Leeds City College has a site in Horsforth called the Horsforth Campus.
The main secondary school is Horsforth School. Horsforth’s state sector primary schools are West End Lane Primary School, St Margaret’s Primary School, Newlaithes Primary School, Westbrook Lane Primary School, Broadgate Lane Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Featherbank Primary School.
There is an independent primary school, The Froebelian School.
Horsforth railway station is on the Harrogate line between Harrogate and Leeds. Kirkstall Forge railway station is also located around two miles from Horsforth station.
The town is served by several bus routes from Pudsey to Crossgates, Yeadon to East Garforth, Seacroft to Holt Park, Leeds City to Guiseley and Leeds to Otley along with the Horsforth Town Circular.
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport, in neighbouring Yeadon approximately 2.6 miles away.
By road, Horsforth has excellent transport links into the city centre via A65 and the town sits on the outer ring road giving easy access to the motorways – M62, M621, M1 and A1(M).
Properties in Horsforth
Horsforth offers a variety of properties from Yorkshire stone cottage style terraces to new build detached properties. According to Rightmove, as of March 2019, the average terraced property is priced at £200,183 and semi-detached properties achieving £293,636. From October 2018 to March 2019, prices on average for detached properties have increased by almost £60,000, increasing from £395,150 to a whopping £454,200.
Horsforth has plenty to shout about with it’s fantastic schools and excellent transport links and the area therefore commands premium value properties that are highly sought after. Houses and apartments in this area also offer a high return for investment landlords with professionals keen to rent in the area for suburb living, easily commutable to the city. Click here to see our Horsforth properties for sale.
Did you know?
During the Second World War the £241,000 required to build the corvette (submarine to you and I) HMS Aubrietia was raised entirely by the people of Horsforth. In ‘today’s’ money, that sum would be worth around £10.7 million! In November 1941 HMS Aubrietia was adopted by the community of Horsforth following a warship week National Savings Campaign. This was over twice the target figure of £120,000. The submarine helped to capture a complete enigma machine including its code book. Aubrietia also took part in depth charge and hedgehog attacks on the German submarine U-731 in the Strait of Gibraltar which was sunk with no survivors, along with her convoy escort duties in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Many notable people are from the village of Horsforth, to name but a few:
- Although originally from London, in the 1970s the former politician Ed Miliband attended Featherbank Primary School, and his brother David Miliband attended Newlaithes Primary School, when their father Ralph Miliband was a professor at the University of Leeds.
- The footballer James Milner who attended Horsforth School and used to play for Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City. He currently plays for Liverpool and is an English International Footballer.
- The actors Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series), Patric Knowles, Frazer Hines and Malcolm McDowell, famous for his film roles including If…, A Clockwork Orange and O Lucky Man!
- Sean Conlon who was in the boyband Five, grew up in Horsforth and attended St Mary’s RC Primary School.
- Olympic atheletes the Brownlee Brothers, Johnny and Alistair who won Gold at London 2012 and were honoured with a commerative golden post box which is just a few doors down from our Horsforth office, Bronze medallist Johnny Clay and paralympic Gold medallist David Stone.