Kirkstall Area Guide

Between Bramley and Headingley is the increasing popular suburb of Kirkstall. Kirkstall has become a hot spot for investors, families and students alike. With plenty of history behind it alongside a growing list of amenities, Kirkstall offers the perfect blend of old and new; making a great home for many residents.


Things To Do

For a suburb outside of the city centre you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the huge range of things to do in Kirkstall. Starting with Cardigan Fields; a complex of restaurants, bars, cinema, bowling and much more, there is something for everyone. A little further down the road Oxygen Free Jumping Trampoline Park is perfect for a rainy day. Whilst a walk round the famous Kirkstall Abbey or a kick about at goals is ideal for a sunnier day.

Things you didn't know about Kirkstall

Cricket seems to be a running theme in Kirkstall with Cricket Legends Frederick Asquith and Harold White both born in the local suburb.

Schools in Kirkstall

Alongside the close proximity to the many university campuses of Leeds, there are plenty of excellent schools in Kirkstall and the surrounding areas, meaning there is plenty of choice for families to find a school that suits.

  • Abbey Grange CofE Academy
  • Beecroft Primary School
  • Burley Saint Matthias CofE Primary School
  • Hawksworth Primary School
  • Kirkstall St. Stephens CofE Primary School
  • Kirkstall Valley Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School


Situated just a few miles outside of the city centre, Kirkstall offers efficient links to the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The A65 road runs through Kirkstall offering bus links to Leeds, Guiseley, Yeadon and Ilkley amongst many stops in between. The introduction of Kirkstall Forge Train Station in 2016 has enabled easy access to Leeds and Bradford, whilst Headingley Station is just a short distance from Kirkstall offering links to Harrogate and York.


The famous Kirkstall Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. The monastery took over 75 years to construct before being closed during Henry 8ths reign in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. By the 19th century Kirkstall thrived as part of the influential coal industry, before becoming a suburb popular with professionals similar to modern day.

Eating & Drinking

Alongside the many high street names, Kirkstall is also home to a range of independent cafes, shops, and restaurants. There is a diverse range of food on offer in Kirsktall with Lupes Cantina serving Mexican food, and Benegal Brassaires well-known Indian restaurant, there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for a Sunday roast the highly acclaimed Bridge Inn is the place to be, featuring in any roast dinner recommendations in Leeds.


There are a good range of high street shops in Kirkstall Bridge which is home to the Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, here there is a JD, Trespass, The Range, Smyths Toy Store, and a Home Bargains. For your weekly shop, there is a large Morrisons store situated within the area, so whatever you're after there are a good selection of options to choose from on your doorstep.