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Area Guide Headingley

29 July 2019

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Headingley Ls6 is often described as one of the most vibrant suburbs of Leeds. With the city centre on its doorstep, Headingley is home to students, young professionals and families alike. The vast amount of amenities creates a real buzz in the area, making it one of the most popular locations in Leeds. 

Things to Do

There is plenty to do in and around Headingley, from watching local and national sports matches to catching the latest films at one of the oldest and most iconic cinemas in the UK. 

Headingley Stadium 

Headingley Stadium is home to The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union, whilst the stadium has also hosted many international events including the recent Cricket World Cup. The two separate grounds have undergone refurbishment in recent years making them an impressive backdrop for sporting events; the sheer size of the stadium creates an electric atmosphere on game day.
Headingley Stadium

Cottage Road Cinema 

Cottage Road Cinema is the oldest remaining cinema in Leeds and one of the oldest in the country. Opening its doors in 1912 the cinema still boasts many of its original characteristic features. Nowadays the cinema shows a variety of films for all ages and is an iconic landmark in Headingley community. 
Cottage Road Cinema, Headingley

Becketts Park 

The Headingley campus of Leeds Becketts University is far more than your standard university building. The university itself is surrounded by greenery fit for a picnic, afternoon in the sun or an escape from the library, whilst the building itself makes for an impressive view.
Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus 


Headingley has a lot to offer in terms of education, with Leeds Beckett University at the heart of Headingley. However, starting a little younger, Headingley is also home to over 10 Primary schools within a one-mile radius and a choice of good secondary schools. 

What to Eat

Headingley isn’t short of places to eat, everything from thai to kebabs, to suit its vast range of residents. 

Jinos Thai Café

Jinos Thai Café is a firm favourite with the residents of Headingley, their authentic Thai cuisine combined with the cosy and friendly atmosphere makes Jinos a winning spot. Not to mention their bring your own alcohol policy that attracts a good crowd. With their outdoor seating area, be sure to book a table in the summer months to avoid disappointment! 
Jinos Thai Cafe, Headingley

I am Doner 

When you think Doner you usually think a post-night out greasy kebab. However I am Doner in Headingley has put a modern, tasty twist on the more ‘traditional’ doner. A popular spot with students, I am Doner offers a range of salads, high-quality meats, homemade breads and sauces, creating a tasty treat, not just for the intoxicated! 
I am Doner, Headingley


Salvos is a well-respected part of Headingleys signature restaurant line up. Opening its doors in 1976, Salvos prides itself on serving innovative Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere; their consistency in their ethos is what has made them a firm Headingley favourite for a number of years. 
Salvos, Headingley

Where to Drink

With the famous Otley run starting in Headingley, it’s no surprise there are plenty of spots for a much-needed drink in Headingley.

The Original Oak

When the summer months come around expect to find half the population of Headingley in the beer garden of The Original Oak. The traditional pub offers a good range of drinks and the good atmosphere you would expect in a Great British boozer. With live sport played regularly, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot!
The Original Oak, Headingley

The Box

It’s impossible to mention bars in Headingley and not mention The Box. On weekends expect to find crowds of revellers, enjoying the great atmosphere that Box offers. With great music, a range of signature cocktails and live sport, it’s safe to say a Headingley night out wouldn’t be the same without The Box. 
The Box, Headingley

Head of Steam

If you’re looking for craft beers, live music and shuffleboard, Head of Steam is a must.  Set over 2 floors, Head of Steam has a unique atmosphere bringing together the residents of Headingley. Expect a social night of darts, American pool, games consoles and much more!
Head of Steam, Headingley


You won’t be short of places to shop in Headingley, with such a vast population it’s no surprise there are a number of high street retailers including, Sainsbury’s, Wilkinson’s and Superdrug on Headingley’s main parade of shops. Headingley is also home to a number of independent retailers including Katie & May, alongside an extraordinary amount of charity shops, that prove popular with students looking for those vintage buys. 
Parade of Shops in Headingley


Considering the close proximity to the Leeds city centre, transport from Headingley is efficient and regular, with frequent bus routes connecting to the city centre in less than 20 minutes. Headingley's train station also offers links to Leeds, Harrogate and York. Headingley is also conveniently located with good access to the M62, M6 and M1 for those travelling further afield. 

Properties in Headingley

There are a variety of properties available in Headingley, from studio apartments to large detached houses. Being a vibrant student area, Headingley is a hot spot for investors. According to Rightmove, the average selling price for terraced properties in the previous year was £214,717, whilst semi-detached properties achieved an average of £243,376. Collectively, Headingley has seen a 3% increase in selling price since 2016, making it an attractive market. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, rent or invest, take a look at some of the properties currently on the market in Headingley here. 

Things you didn’t know about Headingley 

The author of Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien lived in Headingley during his time at university! 

If you would like any more information on Headingley, take a look at our Area Guide Video or contact our Manning Stainton Headingley Branch

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