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Headingley – What’s Special About This Area?

1st March 2016

Without doubt Headingley is all about the interaction of students, professionals, academics and families within an area of the city steeped in history. Rarely does an area of any city hold so much attraction to so many occupier profiles!

While some streets within Headingley are busy with students, others are home to local families or professionals who moved here for the laidback atmosphere and an easy commute into Leeds.

There is no better way to experience this mingle of personalities than visiting the Headingley cafes on a Saturday or Sunday, or in the many pubs and bars, where locals rub shoulders happily with students. Not to mention, during the weekend when groups are seen between pubs in fancy-dress, taking part in the famous ‘Otley Run’ pub crawl (practically a rite of passage for Headingley residents!).

Transport and Amenities…

It’s easy to travel to and from Leeds City Centre via bus stops on Headingley’s main Otley Road, as well as the nearby Headingley and Burley train stations.

There is no shortage of shops and cafes in Headingley! Handy amenities include two Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Wilko, Boots and a Superdrug. If you want to, Visit the independent stores such as popular The Headingley Greengrocer and the Natural Food Store, both a big part of the Headingley community.

Things to do…

Stuck for weekend activities? Headingley has you covered!

Beckett Park is a great place to relax or exercise and although it’s loved by everyone in the area, never gets as crowded as the student packed Hyde Park towards Leeds City Centre.

After a walk in the park and browsing the shops, you can enjoy a relaxing drink and bite to eat in one of the many delicious eateries – Café Lento, Sebby’s Café Deli, Munch, Bowery Visual Arts, Growler Social Club, Head of Steam, Ecco Pizzeria, I Am Doner and the list goes on!

Now, sit back and relax with a relaxing film… Cottage Road Cinema in the oldest cinema in Leeds and one of the oldest in the country that has continuously been showing films since 1912! Tucked away towards Far Headingley, this cinema offers competitive prices and selections of the latest films, with seasonal viewings at Christmas.

And of course, we can’t talk about Headingley without mentioning the world famous Emerald Headingley Rugby Stadium. Home to Leeds Rhinos, this stadium is the 5th largest rugby league stadium in England and shares the same site as Headingley Cricket Ground.


There are four schools in Headingley, listed below with their latest Ofstead rating.

Headingley Preschool – Outstanding 2017

Rose Court Nursery and Pre-Prep – Outstanding 2018

Shire Oak CE Primary School – Good 2019

Spring Bank Primary School – Requires Improvement 2018

What do we think of Headingley?

Fran: “Ecco pizza has the best pizza in the world! I also love Arcadia Ale House because their customers bring the cutest dogs and Workshop is a wonderful independent café that holds craft and sewing classes.”

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