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Horsforth Area Spotlight

11 July 2019

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Ranking in the Number 1 spot on our Top 15 Best Places to Live in Leeds, Horsforth has fast become a hot spot for families due to its long list of amenities, local schools and prime positioning. Situated just 5 miles outside of the city centre Horsforth offers an escape from the fast-paced life of the city centre.  

Things to do 

You won’t be short of things to do in Horsforth, from cocktails on Town Street to cricket at the local park; here are just a few things we think you should try when in Horsforth. 

Horsforth Hall Park 
It goes without saying Horsforth Hall Park is a focal point in Horsforth, the iconic bandstand and picturesque Japanese gardens make the local park a great place for a dog walk, run around or a day on the swings.  During the summer months, be sure to catch a cricket game at the local clubhouse or join one of the many exercise classes that take place around the park. Horsforth Hall Park is an integral part of the Horsforth community and quite rightly so. 

Pottery painting
Horsforth isn’t short of a craft or two, with 2 pottery painting facilities in the area why not grab your paintbrushes, dust off your apron and let the creativity flow. Head to Firefly Pottery or the Honey Pottery to paint your own masterpiece! Suitable for children and adults, this really is a great family activity.

Kids clubhouse 
Kids clubhouse is every child’s dream, a soft play area allowing them to slide, crawl, swing and bounce away some of that everlasting energy! The kids’ clubhouse is a great place to let the kids roam free in a safe fun environment! 

Things you didn’t know about Horsforth

Horsforth is a hub for talent, from Olympians to film stars Horsforth has been home to them all, including the triathlon superstars; The Brownlee Brothers, film stars Malcolm Mcdowell and Matthew Lewis aka Neville Longbottom and last but definitely not least footballing hero James Milner. 


One of the most appealing features drawing families to Horsforth is its long list of good to outstanding schools. There are 8 primary schools in the Horsforth area, 4 of which have been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Horsforth High School in the only secondary school in the area however bus links connect to other nearby high schools including Benton Park, Woodhouse Grove and St.Marys Menston. Thinking ahead to your child’s future, Leeds Trinity University based in Horsforth provides degree-level education in a range of subjects. 

Primary Schools include 
-St. Margaret’s C of E Primary
-St. Marys Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy
-Broadgate Primary School
-Horsforth Newlaithes School
-West End Primary School
-Froebelian School
-Westbrook Lane Primary School
-Horsforth Featherbank Primary School

What to Eat 

The restaurant array in Horsforth is something to be admired, from Indian to Italian; there is a cuisine for everyone. 

Brownlee Arms
Named after the local heroes, The Brownlee Arms is the home of British cuisine, if you’re looking for a good quality Sunday roast in a warm and friendly environment, look no further than The Brownlee Arms. 

Moghul is a local favourite bringing the flavours of Indian to Horsforth. The rich flavours are what make Moghul a hit with the locals and the friendly atmosphere only adds to the experience. 

La Bistro 
A relatively late addition to the Horsforth restaurant line up, La Bistro has soared in popularity with their tasty Mediterranean cuisine.  Priding themselves on providing the freshest and finest dishes La bistro has certainly built up a great reputation in the local area. 

What to Drink

The good list of restaurants in the area is equally matched in terms of pubs and bars. 

If you fancy a cocktail, look no further than Hemingways, the Cuban inspired bar and restaurant is home to some of the most exotic cocktails in Horsforth. With great music and an equally great vibe head to Hemingways, we recommend you try their Cherry Bakewell Bliss. 

Granville Beer & Gin 
Another more recent addition to Horsforth, Granville’s Beer and Gin House does as the name suggests, offers an impressive range of local gins and beers. The casual, cool interior creates the perfect environment for a gin & tonic. 

The Old Ball 
If a traditional pub is your thing, The Old Ball in Horsforth is a must-visit. The large pub serves all the drinks you can expect to find in a Great British boozer. Whilst their impressive beer garden is a great spot for a summers day to watch the world go by! 


With two main high streets, shopping in Horsforth is something to be admired with a whole range of independent boutiques including Missy, Swanky pants and Very Stylish Girl If you need something for your Saturday night look no further than Horsforth! With one large supermarket in the centre of Horsforth complemented by a range of smaller express stores, food shopping in the area an easy task. 


Transport links from Horsforth are both efficient and reliable, whether you’re looking to get into the centre of Leeds or a little further afield to York, Horsforths local train station offers links at least twice an hour. Multiple bus services from the area connect Horsforth to nearby towns whilst the close proximity to motorway networks including the M62 makes Horsforth a prime spot for commuters, not to mention Leeds Bradford International airport on its doorstep.

Properties in Horsforth 

Properties in Horsforth are in high demand, recent years have seen a number of new developments in the area including the impressive Horsforth Mill. Over the previous year, semidetached properties in the area sold for an average of £270,539, whilst terraced properties achieved £226,478 and detached properties £422,451. Reports suggest property prices have increased by 4% in Horsforth since 2016. With a range of property types available the area, take a look at what is currently on the market in Horsforth.  

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