Crossgates Area Guide

To the East of Leeds within the LS15 postcode is Crossgates. Crossgates is becoming increasingly popular, offering prospective buyers a range of amenities on their doorstep. Whilst the close proximity to motorway networks and Leeds City Centre make it an ideal spot for commuters and young professionals. With a good range of schools, recreational areas and new housing developments in the area, Crossgates is fast appealing to families and those looking for a convenient city centre suburb.


Things To Do

There is plenty going on in and around Crossgates, whether you’re looking for a family day out or somewhere to walk the dog. Primrose Valley Park on Crossgates doorstep is the perfect place for a stroll or a game of tennis. Furthermore, just 2 miles down the road the historical Temple Newsam makes for a fantastic day out, with acres of lands to explore, an adventure playground for the kids and the opportunity to get up close to some furry friends in the farm, there really is something for everyone. Taking a trip back in time, delve into medical history at the Thackray Medical Museum and experience life in the Victorian slums of 1840.

Things you didn't know about Crossgates

In 2009 the Welcome to Crossgates stone sign was build and painted black red and white. However the colours were later changed to red, blue and silver as the original colours are those of Manchester United.

Schools in Crossgates

There are a number of schools within a short radius of Crossgates, the majority of which have received good or outstanding in recent Ofsted reports. Looking out to neighbouring areas such as Seacroft and Swarcliffe opens further options for both primary and secondary education.

  • Beechwood Primary School
  • Cross Gates Primary School
  • John Smeaton Academy
  • Manston St. James Primary School
  • St. Teresas Catholic Primary School
  • Temple Moor High School


Only 4.5 miles outside of the Leeds City Centre, transports links are as you would expect, both efficient and regular. Crossgates Train Station sits just off the ring road and runs from York to Leeds City Centre every 30 minutes, taking approximately 10 minutes. Crossgates also has regular bus services running via Selby, Crossgates and Leeds. If you’re traveling a little further afield, Leeds Bradford International Airport is a short 12 miles away from Crossgates.


Before the 1880’s Crossgates was a relatively rural village divided between the parishes of Whitkirk and Barwick, hence the term gate which is thought to describe the boundaries. During the 1880’s Crossgates gained a railway along with mines, bringing people to the area. When the local coal pits closed in 1882, Crossgates became a commuter village and began to attract Leeds more affluent residents who used the railways for quick access to the city.

Eating & Drinking

Crossgates is full of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars to satisfy all tastes. If you’re looking for authentic Greek cuisine, Zorbas on Austhorpe Road is the place to visit, or further along the road delve into the delights of Turkey at The Black Olive, or try a little Indian spice at the popular Nawaz. For your weekend drinks, the vibe at The Assembly is something to experience. With a range of local beers, gins and spirits to try, it’s hard to not become a regular.


In the centre of Crossgates is the convenient Crossgates Shopping Centre. The centre first opened its doors in 1967 as the first American-style shopping mall in England. Nowadays, the retail outlet is home to many high-street brands including Peacocks, Shoe Zone and Savers. For all your grocery needs, there are a number of supermarkets within the Crossgates area including Iceland and Marks & Spencer. Furthermore, there are range of independent businesses including banks, estate agents and hairdressers on Austhorpe Road to satisfy all your retail needs.