Barwick-in-Elmet Area Guide

Barwick- in- Elmet is a quaint village in West Yorkshire, which is located just 7 miles East of Leeds City Centre. The village offers traditional village life, with great community spirit and an array of wonderful properties, perfect to settle down in.


Things To Do

Barwick-in-Elmet has a variety of things to do nearby. Just a stone’s throw away, in the outskirts of the village is the local cricket club, where you can watch a game, get involved or simply spectate. If you want an ace time, you can always head to the local tennis club to play a friendly match or alternatively why not join the club! Just a 5 minute drive from the village centre, is Garforth Golf Club and driving range, great for a game and to practice your skills. The village offers idyllic parks and a woodland area, ideal for walking the dog on a summer’s day, taking the children for a clamber on the climbing frames or just to enjoy a peaceful picnic on the benches.

Things you didn't know about Barwick-in-Elmet

Barwick-in-Elmet has the largest and tallest maypole in Britain. In past years there have been many attempts to steal it. Aberford villagers have tried to carry it to their village, without success.

Schools in Barwick-in-Elmet

Within Barwick-in-Elmet, you’ll find one primary school. However, the village is in the catchment area for a range of primary and secondary schools within the surrounding areas of Garforth, Crossgates and Aberford:

  • Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary School
  • Green Lane Primary School
  • St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School
  • Academy Garforth
  • John Smeaton Academy
  • Scholes Elmet Primary School


Another great aspect to Barwick-in-Elmet, is its access to the motorway network and surrounding towns and cities. Situated just off the M1, A64 and A1, the village is a great spot for those looking to commute. Although there is no train station, the bus routes are the main mode of public transport and offer routes to, Leeds, Wakefield, Castleford and many more on a regular timetable. If you are planning to travel further afield, Leeds Bradford airport is located just 14 miles away and Leeds train station is 11 miles.


Barwick-in-Elmet is one of three remaining places left in West Riding to be associated with the original ancient Romano- British Kingdom of Elmet. Elmet was an independent Brittonic Kingdom in the early 5-7th century, which is now what we know as a Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

Eating & Drinking

If you are looking for a good bite to eat, then there a few local places in the village that serve traditional pub grub that can’t be beaten. Popular amongst the locals for their great ale, food and atmosphere are the friendly village pubs: The Black Swan, Gascoigne Arms and the New Inn, which are great for a few beers and a catch up. Fancy a cake and a coffee? Maypole Coffee Shop & Deli, cook up scrummy treats and sandwiches sure to satisfy your hunger. If you’re looking for a night out, you can visit Garforth’s bars and restaurants, perfect for a date night or a change of scenery. If a night in is what you prefer, then the local takeaways, Pizza Piccante and Elmet Fisheries, can provide a tasty meal to enjoy by the tele with a glass of wine and your favourite company.


Barwick-in-Elmet has everything you need right on your doorstep. The village has a host of local businesses and amenities of its own. There is a local store, with a variety of groceries, some local shops selling bike supplies, clothing and accessories. There are also a handful of hairdressers barbers and a beauty salon, so there’s no need to travel further afield for the necessities. However, if you are wanting some high street shops and a large supermarket, then the surrounding towns and cities can offer them for a short drive.