Shadwell Area Guide

Shadwell is an idyllic village in the North East of West Yorkshire. Located just 7 miles of Leeds City Centre, only 2.9 miles from Roundhay and with easy access to York. It’s an excellent choice for a quiet village life, with the option of city bustle nearby. The village itself offers fantastic community spirit, an array of stunning properties and essential amenities, the perfect place to create your forever home.


Things To Do

Shadwell has an abundance of things to do nearby. With Roundhay Park, one of the largest parks in Europe, just an 8 minute drive away, which hosts a whole range of events throughout the year, from concerts to food festivals, you’ll never be short of something to do. Prefer something closer to home? Shadwell has a variety of stunning woodland walks and open spaces, ideal for a Sunday stroll with your fury friends, or even a picnic on a summer’s day. Find your inner zen at Shadwell Studio, with many classes on offer, including of Yoga and Pilates, you will certainly find the right one for you. If it’s a rainy day, Tropical World is a great place to take the family for a day out. Explore the creature corner, immerse yourself in the rainforest or just admire from a far, it will definitely be a day to remember. If you are a sports lover, there is a selection of golf, cricket, football, tennis and Rugby clubs, which are within a ten minute drive from the village centre.

Schools in Shadwell

Within Shadwell, you’ll find one primary school and the village is in the catchment area for a range of primary and secondary schools within the surrounding areas of Moortown, Roundhay and Wetherby:

  • Shadwell Primary School
  • The Grammar School
  • Roundhay High
  • Gatweways School
  • Whinmoor St Pauls C of E Primary School
  • Wetherby High School


Shadwell has great transport links to and from the surrounding areas. There are over 4 different buses that take you into the centre of Leeds that operate on a regular basis. When travelling by car, there is fantastic access to connecting roads for the M1, M62 and just a short drive away from York and the North Yorkshire countryside. Excellent for commuting, Leeds Bradford airport is just a 23 minute drive from the village, with the closest train station 3.2 miles away in Crossgates.


In the early 19th Century Shadwell was still a village with fewer than 200 residents and contained just 11 farms and 2 inns. However, from the middle century, more people became attracted to the area and homes were made out of the local quarries. Today, there are over just 1800 residents in Shadwell.

Eating & Drinking

If you are looking for a good bite to eat, then there's a few local places in the village that serve great food and drink. Ego at the Wellington is a crowd favourite amongst the locals, with a Mediterranean lunch and dinner menu, that will certainly satisfy the tastebuds, there’s no need to choose between the restaurant or the pub! Alternatively, if it’s flavour, spice and authenticity, The Shadwell Tandoori is a must-visit. Serving all your curry favourites including Tikka Masala, Chicken Balti, Sag Aloo and much more, you will be spoilt for choice. Date night on the cards? Only a 5-minute taxi drive, Street Lane in Roundhay has a variety of great bars and restaurants, perfect for a romantic evening, or even just a change with the family!


Shadwell has everything you need right on your doorstep. The village has a host of local businesses and amenities of its own. There are food stores offering a variety of groceries, a hairdressers, local post office, bakery and even a dry cleaners. However, if you are wanting some high street shops and a large supermarket, then the surrounding towns and cities can offer them for a short drive.