Adel Area Guide

For those who enjoy the outdoors and the peaceful calm away from the busy city, Adel is the perfect location. The residential suburb to the North of Leeds has a distinctive countryside feel, with an array of independent businesses including cafes, delis, restaurants and beauty salons, there is a real sense of community within Adel. With vast open spaces and parks to enjoy, Adel is an ideal spot for families and those looking for an oasis from the city centre.


Things To Do

On the doorstep of Adel is Golden Acre Park, 136 acres of stunning scenery to explore. The circular lakeside walk is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny afternoon with the kids, followed by a bite to eat in the parks café. If you’re looking to get active, Adel isn’t short of sports facilities. A few minutes up the road is Holt Park Active, a fantastic council run facility with multiple swimming pools, a 70 station gym and numerous sports classes for everyone to get involved. Whilst Adel Sport and Social Club also offer a variety of courts, greens and pitches to enjoy lacrosse, archery and much more.

The paternal grandparents of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, married in Adel Church in December 1946.

Schools in Adel

There are a few primary schools within Adel itself alongside nursery’s and preschools. Whilst surrounding areas such as Meanwood , Alwoodley, Cookridge, West Park and Horsforth offer further primary options. In terms of high schools many of the residents of Adel attend nearby schools including Allerton High, Lawnswood School, Ralph Thoresby and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, all in surrounding areas and easily accessible from Adel.

  • Adel St John The Baptist Primary School
  • Adel Primary School
  • Allerton High School
  • Allerton CE Primary School
  • Alwoodley Primary School
  • Moorlands School
  • Ireland Wood Primary School
  • Lawnswood School


The best mode of transport from Adel is bus, with good bus routes connecting Adel to Leeds City Centre and Otley frequently, with the number 6/8 buses provising a route to the city centre. Whilst Adel is considered a countryside suburb, being less than 5 miles away from the city centre, the A660 makes for an easy commute for those who work in the city. In terms of access via rail, Adel is an equal 1 mile distance from both Headingley and Horsforth stations, connecting to Leeds, Harrogate and York.


Adel is situated near the site of a Roman fort, the ancient road from Tadcaster to Ilkley. Several Romano-British inscribed stones have been found in Adel, alongside a number of Anglo-Saxon stones, some of which are now on display in Leeds City Museum.

Eating & Drinking

Whether you’re looking for a coffee, a cocktail or a number of courses, Adel caters to all. For a taste of the Mediterranean, head to Tuana in the heart of Adel, for an impressive menu of meat dishes, Greek food and Turkish cuisine in a family friendly environment. If you’re looking for a lighter bite, Cranberries Deli is a local favourite, offering coffees, cakes, sandwiches and must try milkshakes. Why not wash it down with a pint at the local Lawnswood Arms, a cocktail at Gusto or one of the many gins on offer at Residence 74 Café & Bar!


Continuing with the community feel, Adel has an array of independent shops and businesses, from local butchers to hairdressers; the majority of which can be found on Otley Road. There are a few larger chain shops in the area including a Coop and a Post Office, whilst 2 minutes up the road to Holt Park, you’ll find a large Asda and other amenities.