Ossett Area Guide

Ossett is a popular market town in Wakefield. Located just 4.4 miles from Wakefield city centre, Ossett attracts a whole range of residents due to its location, community feel and a good variety of properties.


Things To Do

There’s a variety of activities available to do around the area. The town has a wonderful amount of outdoor space, where you can enjoy a picnic in the sun, kick a football in the park or have a clamber on the climbing frames with your family. If you love a round of golf, Low Laithes Golf Course is a 5 minute drive out of town and is the perfect backdrop to putt a few holes, whilst soaking up the scenery. Alternatively, just a 15 minute drive from Ossett, you can take the family out on an adventure to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where you can delve into modern art, look at the sculptures and get involved with their ever changing exhibitions.

Things you didn't know about Ossett

The railway station closed in 1970, which means it is now the largest market town in Yorkshire, and one of the largest towns in Britain, to not have a railway station.

Schools in Ossett

Ossett is well renowned for having an excellent choice of schools. Within Ossett and the surrounding areas, you’ll find a range of primary, secondary and nursery schools, that would make an excellent choice for your young ones.

  • South Parade Primary School
  • South Ossett Infants Academy
  • Ossett Academy
  • Hall Cliffe School
  • Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
  • Gawthorpe Community Academy
  • Dimple Well Infant School & Nursery


Another great selling factor for Ossett are the excellent transport links to and from the surrounding areas. The best mode of transport from Ossett to nearby towns and cities is bus. With regular routes direct to Wakefield city centre and neighbouring towns such as Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Leeds, it’s an excellent choice for those who commute. Although there is no train station in Ossett, there are many local taxi firms that offer short and long-distance travel to surrounding areas.


Ossett is a market town to the East of Wakefield. Appearing in the Domesday Book as Osleset, which was the manor of Wakefield, the towns long standing reign has created years of history. In the 19th century Ossett was briefly a spa town. Founded by a local stonemason, who was inspired by Harrogate and Cheltenham, the waters were popular, as they were said to be able to heal. However, in the 1870’s a plan to transform Ossett into the ‘second Harrogate’ failed and the spa closed, leaving just the name ‘Ossett Spa’ in the south-east.

Eating & Drinking

If you are looking for something to eat day or night, Ossett has some great choices. From cafés to restaurants, locals bars and pubs, you really are spoilt for choice in Ossett. Take a trip down to Nikos Restaurant for some authentic Greek food, which will transport you to your favourite Greek island. Alternatively, for a lighter snack, enjoy one of the towns local cafes and treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake, hot panini and a freshly ground coffee. When it comes to the weekend feeling, you can head down to one of the town local pubs for a cold one or enjoy an innovative cocktail and a glass of bubbly at the Prosecco Bar.


There are a variety of local and high street shops in Ossett Town Centre. Whether it be a haircut at the barbers, a colour at the hairdressers, groceries or some retail therapy, there’s no need to travel into the city for the essentials. For your weekly food shop, Lidl in the centre should cover it, or stock up on locally sourced products at the local market that takes place every Tuesday and Friday. If you need a few bits and bobs, there are plenty of local corner shops and express supermarkets to grab the extras.