HistoryThe famous Kirkstall Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. The monastery took over 75 years to construct before being closed during Henry 8ths reign in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. By the 19th century, Kirkstall thrived as part of the influential coal industry, before becoming a suburb popular with professionals similar to modern-day.
Alongside the close proximity to the many university campuses of Leeds, there are plenty of excellent schools in Kirkstall and the surrounding areas, meaning there is plenty of choice for families looking for the perfect education. Schools include:-- Kirkstall Valley Primary School
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
- Beecroft Primary School
- Kirkstall St.Stephens CofE Primary School
- Burley Saint Matthias CofE Primary school
- Abbey Grange CofE Academy
AmenitiesAmenities in Kirkstall have significantly developed in recent years, with the addition of a Kirkstall Bridge retail park bringing high street names to a suburb outside of the city centre. Kirkstall also benefits from Cardigan Fields; a complex of restaurants, bars, cinema, bowling and much more. There are a number of supermarkets in the area including Morrisons, Aldi and Asda keeping grocery shopping easy and local. Alongside the many high street names, Kirkstall is also home to a range of independent cafes, shops and restaurants. From the ever-popular Dos Amigos Tapas to the popular polish kitchen Smak you won’t be short of places to eat and drink in Kirkstall. For family days out, look no further than Kirkstall, make the most of a rainy day at the likes of Jump arena or Laser Zone, or for the drier days take a walk around Kirkstall Abbey or have a kick about at Goals.
PropertiesThere is a wide range of property types available in Kirkstall, with a large proportion of terraced houses appealing to first time buyers and investors. There are also a number of semi-detached and detached properties in Kirkstall, making for the perfect family homes. The average property price in Kirkstall last year stood at £170,883; a 5% increase on the previous year according to Rightmove.
Whilst Kirkstall has a range of older properties filled character, there are plenty of plans for new property developments to be brought to the area in coming years, including the hugely anticipated Kirkstall Forge. The Kirkstall Forge development sits just 3.5 miles outside of the city centre, set of 57 acres and has plans to boast 1050 houses and apartments, alongside retail and leisure amenities, bringing new residents and a new look to the property market in Kirkstall.
TransportSituated just a few miles outside of the city centre, Kirkstall offers efficient links to the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The A65 road runs through Kirkstall offering bus links to Leeds, Guiseley, Yeadon and Ilkley amongst many stops in between. The introduction of Kirkstall Forge Train Station in 2016 has enabled easy access to Leeds and Bradford, whilst Headingley Station is just a short distance from Kirkstall offering efficient links to Harrogate and York.
There are plenty of reasons Kirkstall is a fantastic place to live from its long list of amenities to its easy access to the city centre. Take a look here to see what is currently on the market in Kirkstall.