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Headingley – What’s Special About This Area?

10th November 2020

Headingley is a melting pot of students, professionals, academics and families, living in an area of Leeds steeped in history. Rarely does an area of any city hold so much attraction to so many occupier profiles!

Living in Headingley Leeds - Photo of Otley Road in Headingley Leeds with blur skies, trees and a few cars on the road

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

The best way to experience this mingle of personalities is visiting the Headingley cafes, pubs and bars on a weekend. Locals rub shoulders happily with students and not to mention, you’ll likely catch a glimpse of ‘Otley runners’! Practically a rite of passage for Headingley residents, this famous pub crawl invites groups to dress-up and visit almost every pub on Otley Road from Headingley to Leeds.

Transport and Amenities

It’s easy to travel to and from Leeds City Centre via bus or train. Buses stop regularly along Otley Road, or the 56 bus from Moor Grange runs conveniently by the stadium and through Hyde Park. Alternatively, Burley Train Station is just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Headingley, or Headingley Train Station is a 15 minute walk.

There is no shortage of shops and cafes in Headingley! Independent stores such as the Headingley Greengrocer and Natural Food Store offer a great selection and are a big part of the Headingley community. If you want to feel like a Leeds local living in Headingley, definitely shop here! There are also two Sainsbury’s supermarkets as well as a Wilko, Boots and Superdrug.

Living in Headingley Leeds - Photo of Otley Road in Headingley showing traffic and café

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 closer to Leeds.

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 unwind with a relaxing film. Cottage Road Cinema is 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, selections of the latest films and wonderful nostalgic viewings at Christmas.

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, sharing its site with Headingley Cricket Ground.

Schools

There are four schools in Headingley, listed below with their latest Ofsted 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 – Rental Negotiator: “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 lovely independent café that holds craft and sewing classes.”

Interested in selling your property in Headingley, or intrigued to learn its value? We’d love to help! We provide free, no obligation valuations with Director and local property expert, Michael Moore. We’re open 7 days a week and currently conduct valuations in accordance with Covid Government guidance. Call us on 0113 274 2033 to book your valuation today. We even do Saturdays!

Or if you’re interested in living in Headingley, find out what properties we have available here.

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