Oakwood Area Guide

To the North East of Leeds, home to the famous Oakwood Clock; Oakwood is a popular suburb in a fantastic location. Just 10 minutes outside of the Leeds City Centre, you will stumble across the hidden gem that is Oakwood. With one of the biggest parks in Europe on its doorstep there is plenty of appealing factors drawing people to Oakwood.


Things To Do

With Roundhay Park on its doorstep, there are endless activities going on around Oakwood. As one of the largest parks in Europe, it hosts a whole range of events throughout the year, from food festivals to concerts. If it’s a rainy day, head over the road to Tropical World, explore the rainforest, crawl through Creature Corner, or immerse yourself in their aquarium, for a day you won’t forget. Oakwood’s great community spirit is celebrated annually at Oakwood Day. Gathering around the famous Oakwood Clock expect live music, dance, street food, drinks and entertainment.

Things you didn't know about Oakwood

The famous Oakwood Clock was built in 1904 and was originally designed to be the centrepiece of Kirkgate Market. When the design plans were revised the clock no longer made the cut and was given to Oakwood in 1912.

Schools in Oakwood

Oakwood is a great location for family life, with 6 primary school located in Oakwood and Roundhay alone, alongside 2 large secondary schools. Oakwoods central locations makes for easy access to schools further afield.

  • Allerton Grange School
  • Gledhow Primary School
  • Kerr Mackie Primary School
  • Moor Allerton Hall Primary School
  • Roundhay School
  • Roundhay St. Johns C.E Primary School
  • Talbot Primary School
  • The Grammar School at Leeds


Oakwood is just a short 3 miles away from Leeds City Centre, reachable by regular bus routes or a quick 10 minute drive, making it an ideal spot for commuters. Only 10 miles separates Oakwood from both the M62 and Leeds Bradford International Airport, making Oakwood a prime spot for those who work a little further afield or enjoy a holiday.


By the early 1900’s Oakwood had flourished as an elegant residential area, the tramway built in 1891 attracted visitors from further afield to Roundhay Park, helping Oakwood to grow into the popular suburb it is today. Oakwoods popularity was recognised when it was the recipient of the Oakwood Clock in 1912, which has had some alterations over the years but still remains as the focal point of Oakwood.

Eating & Drinking

You won’t be short of places to eat and drink when in Oakwood; expect everything from Italian to Thai. If you fancy something a little lighter there are a few cosy cafés to choose from. For great food during the day, visit GRON KAFE, serving brunch and lunch, with minimum impact on the environment. Further down Roundhay Road, you’ll find Soosi, offering authentic and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and also The Acapella offering a menu of world tapas. If you fancy something a little stronger, Oakwood has a couple of local bars and pubs for your weekend refreshments. Head to Preston Taps; part of the legendary North Bar, for a great vibe and even better selection of drinks.


Despite its close proximity to the city centre Oakwood still offers a host of amenities including independent shops, café and restaurants. The high-street surrounding the famous Oakwood clock is home to hairdressers, dentists, pharmacies and pretty much anything else you could possibly need on your doorstep. For your weekly shop Oakwood has a Tesco superstore just minutes away on Roundhay Road, but if you fancy something more local, Oakwood farmers market happens once a month where you can indulge in meats, cheese and other local sourced products.