Part of the historic Rhubarb Triangle, Rothwell is situated between Wakefield and Leeds.

  The market town has become a popular spot with families, young professionals and everyone in between. The community feel in Rothwell is something to be admired, whilst the easy transport links and range of convenient amenities are drawing people to the area.

Rothwell whale bones with Rothwell sign Manning stainton

Things To Do

Rothwell is in a prime position to access outdoor space and venture into the countryside. Rothwell Country Park is a peaceful spot for all the family to enjoy. Choose between the pond or sculpture trails, or look out for one of the many species of birds nesting in the area. Another local outdoor space to make the most of is Springhead Park, with tennis courts; playground, bowling green and a skate park there is something for everyone. For all the fitness fanatics, Rothwell has its own sports centre with a 25m pool, modern gym and indoor sports courts for the community to enjoy.

Things you didn't know about Rothwell

The famous Rothwell Arch made of whales jawbones, marks the northern boundary by the junction with Woodlane and the A61 and has done for over 100 years. 

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

Schools in Rothwell

Many families are drawn to Rothwell for its array of schools. There are 5 local primary schools in the area and 2 large high schools both of which have additional sixth form collages.

  • Oulton Primary School
  • Rothwell Church of England Primary Academy
  • Rothwell Primary School
  • Rothwell Haigh Road Infant School
  • Rothwell Victoria Junior School
  • Rothwell St.Marys Catholic School
  • Royds School
  • The Rodillian Academy


Situated just 6 miles out of Leeds city Centre, Rothwell is an ideal spot for the commuter, with easy access to motorway links and regular bus routes connecting Rothwell to nearby towns, including Seacroft and Headingley.  Woodlesford train station is Rothwells closest station, offering links to Leeds, Knottingley and Sheffield.


    Rothwell was mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Rodewelle'. Rothwell gained the rights of a market town in the 15th Century, this came with the promise of holding a twice yearly fair. The fairs are still held today in the form of the Mayday celebrations and the annual carnival.

    Three Horse Shoes pub in Rothwell

    Eating & Drinking

     If you’re looking for something to eat, you won’t be short of cafes and restaurants in Rothwell, including the ever popular Gray's serving cakes, coffees and fresh sandwiches. For the best pizzas in town, Wood Fire ‘n’ Dine is the place to visit; offering authentic artisan pizzas with a modern twist.  If you want the traditional pub atmosphere whilst you enjoy some fantastic food and good selection of beers, The Three Horse Shoes is a must. If Gin is your thing, Tobias Bar has a selection of botanical gins, premium spirits, good music and an overall great atmosphere.


     After undergoing redevelopment in 2007, Rothwell Town Centre has an array of independent boutique shops alongside some major high street brands. There is a large Morrisons supermarket situated on Jail Yard Parade, whilst Marsh Street has benefited from the recent addition of an ALDI. The town centre is also home to a number of banks, estate agents , hairdressers and pharmacies. 

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