Horsforth Area Guide

The popular suburb of Horsforth is the perfect mix of business and leisure making it one of the most sought after areas in Leeds. Horsforth has fast become a hot spot for families due to its long list of amenities, local schools and prime positioning. Situated just 5 miles outside of Leeds City Centre, Horsforth offers an escape from the fast paced life of the City.


Things To Do

You won’t be short of things to do in Horsforth, from cocktails on Town Street, to cricket at the local park. Horsforth Hall Park is a focal point of Horsforth community, the iconic bandstand and picturesque Japanese gardens make the local park a great place for a dog walk, run around or day on the swings. Find your creative side at one of two Pottery painting facilities in Horsforth, grab your paint brushes, dust off your apron and let the creativity flow. Horsforth is a hub for families and The Kids Clubhouse is every childs dream; a soft play area allowing them to slide, crawl, swing and bounce away some of that everlasting energy.

Things you didn't know about Horsforth

Horsforth is a hub for talent, from Olympians to film stars Horsforth has been home to them all, including the triathlon superstars; The Brownlee Brothers, film stars Malcolm Mcdowell and Matthew Lewis aka Neville Longbottom.

Schools in Horsforth

One of most appealing features drawing families to Horsforth is its long list of good to outstanding schools. There are 8 primary schools in the Horsforth area, 4 of which have been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Horsforth High School is the only secondary school in the area, however bus links connect to other nearby high schools including Benton Park, Woodhouse Grove and St.Marys Menston. Leeds Trinity University is also based in Horsforth, providing degree level education in a range of subjects.

  • Broadgate Lane Primary School
  • Horsforth Featherbank Primary School
  • Horsforth High School
  • Horsforth Newlaithes School
  • St.Margarets C of E Primary School
  • St Marys Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • Westbrook Lane Primary School
  • West End Primary School


Transport links from Horsforth are both efficient and reliable, whether you’re looking to get into the centre of Leeds or a little further afield to York, Horsforths local train station offer links at least twice an hour. Multiple bus services from the area connect Horsforth to nearby towns, whilst the close proximity to motorway networks including the M62 makes Horsforth a prime spot for commuters, not to mention Leeds Bradford International Airport on its doorstep.


Horsforth dates back to Anglo-Saxon period. The name Horsforth came from the words 'Horse' and 'Forde' referring to a crossing over the River Aire used to transport woollen goods from Shipley, Pudsey and Bradford. In the 19th century Horsforth was thought to be the largest village in England, before reaching town status in 1999.

Eating & Drinking

The array of restaurants and bars in Horsforth is something to be admired. Named after local heroes, head to The Brownlee Arms to sample their famous Yorkshire Pudding Wrap, or if you fancy something a little spicier, The Moghul on Townstreet brings the rich flavours of India to Horsforth. A relatively late addition to Horsforth restaurant line up; La Bistro has soared in popularity with their tasty Mediterranean cuisine. There is a vast amount of bars and pubs in Horsforth, if you’re looking for a pint whilst you catch the latest sports match, The Old Ball is the place to do so, but if you fancy a wide selection gins; the casual cool interior of Granvilles Beer and Gin bar is for you.


With two main high streets, there is plenty of opportunity for retail therapy in Horsforth. With a range of independent clothing boutiques including Missy, Swanky Pants and Very Stylish Girl, your fashion needs are catered for. There is one large Morrisons supermarket in the centre of Horsforth, complimented by a range of smaller express stores, to make food shopping in the area an easy task.