Garforth is a picturesque suburb 9 miles to the East of Leeds City Centre and 13 miles North of Wakefield.

The leafy suburb provides the perfect escape from city centre life, whilst offering great connections to neighbouring towns and cities and great access to a range of amenities.

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Things To Do

There is a real sense of community in Garforth; local football team ‘Garforth Town’ draw in a good crowd at their home ground of Genix Healthcare Stadium. Keeping on the sporting theme Garforth is home to 2 rugby clubs, 2 cricket clubs and a golf course; giving plenty of opportunity to get active, or support from the side-lines. Just a short drive away from Garforth, you’ll come across Fairburn Ings, an exciting site for family activities and wildlife watching. A little over 4 miles away; Temple Newsam is the perfect spot for a family day out. Whether you choose to take a stroll around the grounds, delve into history of the house, or get up close with the animals on the farm, you won’t be short of things to do.

Things you didn't know about Garforth

Famous faces to come out of Garforth include the likes of Yorkshire Cricketer Chris Silverwood, Dj Dave Seaman and Andrew White of the Kaiserchiefs.

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Our interactive map of Garforth shows you all the schools in and around the area, alongside school summaries, Ofsted results, reviews and more.

Schools in Garforth

Families are drawn to Garforth due to its vast array of schools and colleges. There are 5 primary schools within Garforth, alongside The Garforth Academy offering secondary education to over 2000 students. Within the area there is also Garforth Community Arts School and SLP College providing a range of further education and vocational training.

  • East Garforth Primary Academy
  • Garforth Academy
  • Garforth Community Arts School
  • Green Lanes Primary Academy
  • Ninelands Primary School
  • SLP College
  • Strawberry Fields Primary School
  • St. Benedicts Primary School


Connections to and from Garforth are something to be admired. Garforth has two train Stations; Garforth Railway station and East Garforth Railway. Both stations offer links to Leeds, York and North Eastern England alongside Selby, Hull and Yorkshire coastal towns. There are also links to Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool. The efficient train services mean you can reach Leeds City Centre in less than 15 minutes, making Garforth a hot spot for commuters looking for some respite from the city. What's more, there are also a number of bus services in and around Garforth, and with the A1 and M1 just minutes away, Garforth is an ideal location for those needing to travel further afield. For all your upcoming holidays Leeds Bradford Airport is 16.5 miles away and can be easily accessed via taxi.


    Garforth has the local land owning family the Gascoignes to thank for its rapid expansion during the 17th and 18th century. The Gascoignes ran several coal mines in the area, encouraging the growth of Garforth and many of the surrounding areas, including Micklefield, Kippax and Swillington. 

    Train approaching Garforth Train Station

    Eating & Drinking

    From steakhouses to independent cafes, Garforth has it all in terms of bars and restaurants. Jigger and Jar on Main Street is the perfect place to enjoy unique cocktails and wine, accompanied by one of their charcuterie boards. Whilst the Miller and Carter on Selby Road will satisfy all your steak desires. If you’re looking for an authentic Woodfire pizza, the family run 450 Degrees is a must visit. Be sure to wash it down with one of their selection of craft beers or handpicked gins. There are around 10 pubs to choose from when in Garforth including the famous Gaping Goose and even a microbrewery!


    Similar to other towns of its size, Garforth has a lot to offer in terms of shopping and amenities. There is a Tesco, Lidl and Original Factory Shop alongside a number of local stores for all your extra groceries. Within the centre you can expect to find a good mix of travel agents, banks, charity shops, newsagents, coffee shops and a number of independent local businesses.

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