Horsforth - About the Location
Horsforth is a historic village just five miles to the north west of Leeds city centre. It’s been voted one of the most desirable postcodes in Yorkshire, thanks to its attractive sandstone buildings, green spaces, and easy access to Leeds. It’s also right next to Leeds Trinity University.
Transport in Horsforth
Car / Bus / Air - To drive into Leeds takes about 15 minutes. There are also some good bus routes, going into the city but also out towards Guiseley, Otley and Pudsey. And, on the A1 Flyer, you can be at Leeds Bradford airport in just over ten minutes.
Cycle - Cycling is an option, taking around half an hour to get to the city centre.
Train - Horsforth railway station is on the Harrogate line, and it takes just 15 minutes to get to Leeds city centre. There are also direct lines to both Harrogate and York. The nearby Kirkstall Forge station is on the Leeds to Bradford line which also goes through Shipley.
The Horsforth of today grew out of a village, and that sense of community can still be felt in today’s suburb. You’ll find everything you need on the high street, including a Morrison’s, a pharmacy, banks, the Post Office, library, cafes, hairdressers and charity shops. Horsforth Hall Park is a beautiful spot for walking, exercising or sitting in the sun. It also boasts a Japanese garden, cricket pitch, skate park and Victorian bandstand. Keep an eye out for open air events as well. For a slightly wilder walk, check out Hunger Hill Woods, or go and absorb the history of nearby Kirkstall Abbey. Trinity Fitness, based at Leeds Trinity University, offers a high quality experience both for indoors and outdoors sport and exercise, and is open to community members as well as students.
Being out in the country means that Horsforth is great for outdoor activities, both in the local area and further afield. If you like golf, the 100-year-old Horsforth Golf Club is just near the airport. Horsforth Village Museum covers local heritage and history, and The Old King’s Arms and The Black Bull both host live music evenings. Harrogate, York and Leeds are easy to get to for days out or to go shopping, and also mean that a huge range of cultural events are within your reach. If you want to explore your arty side closer to home, the Firefly Pottery runs workshops and courses for pottery wheel throwdowns, clay handbuilding and pottery painting. Cafe Yoga is a studio offering a full range of yoga classes, plus other atrs-based course and workshops.
You’re never far from a cafe in Horsforth, both independents and more well-known chains. Go for a full English at Truly Scrummy, plant-based meals at The Greenhouse, or antipasti at Pooky and Grumps Deli. The range of pubs and bars is equally good. The Brownlee Arms is named after the triathlete brothers who came from the town; serves traditional Yorkshire food with a modern twist. The Black Bull, first granted a licence in 1758, is packed with atmosphere and also known for its live music nights. The Malt Brewhouse has a shuffleboard and its own microbrewery, whilst Lambert’s Bar is the place for cocktails, with DJs and late night dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. For meals out, Trattoria il Forno serves up authentic Italian pizza and ice cream, and La Bistro Mediterranean Kitchen is a family-run restaurant taking inspiration from across Europe.
Horsforth is a family-centred area, so the housing tends to be skewed towards family homes. However, you can also find anything from one-bedroom apartments to large period homes. As it’s such a popular area, rents do tend to be a little higher than in other suburbs around Leeds. Nearby Cookridge and Ireland Wood are more reasonable alternatives.