Stanley Area Guide

Are you thinking about moving to Stanley, Wakefield? Stanley is located in the north-east of Wakefield and sits just 2.5 miles from the city centre. Whilst Stanley is considered a village, the actual size rivals Wakefield City. Stanley is seen as the village centre to its neighbouring areas the Grove, Stanley Ferry, Lee Moor and Lanes Ends. Due to its affordable properties, good catchment area for schools and excellent links to the motorway, Stanley is one of the most sought-after areas in Wakefield to buy.


Things To Do

Stanley has a good selection of activities on offer nearby. If you love walking and being outdoors, Stanley Nature Reserve is a great place explore. Whether it be an adventure into the woodland area, a dog walk on a Sunday afternoon or a look at the wildlife, the reserve provides it all. If you fancy a round of golf, Hatfield Golf Course is just a five-minute drive from Stanley and provides the perfect back drop to putt a few holes and take in the scenery. Just a little further afield you’ll find some of Wakefield’s top attractions including: The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sandal Castle and Wakefield Cathedral, which are all popular amongst the locals. The community feel shines through with many of its successful sporting teams. The Stanley Falcons and Stanley Rangers are both great teams that create a fantastic buzz amongst the locals when they play. If you fancy a kick about, take yourself down to the local grass pitch, where you can score a few goals and get involved in friendly games.

Things you didn't know about Stanley

Florence Margaret Beaumont, who fought for Women’s voting rights, was born in Stanley. Despite not actively seeking power for herself, she founded and helped run several women’s rights and suffrage organisations, which later lead to her representing in the Women’s voice of league nations.

Schools in Stanley

Stanley is an excellent choice for families. Although within Stanley you will only find 3 main primary schools and 2-day nurseries, it’s an excellent catchment area to the surrounding schools. Outwood is 2 miles from Stanley and hosts some award-winning high schools, which provide transport services to and from the schools.

  • Stanley St Peter's Primary School
  • Stanley Grove Primary and Nursery School
  • Adel Primary School
  • Kingsland Primary School
  • Stanley Day Nursery
  • Stepping Stones at St. Peters School


Stanley has good transport links. Whether it be by car, taxi or bus, Stanley provides an easy access to Wakefield and the surrounding areas. Being located next to the M61 and M1, it’s no surprise that it’s an excellent choice for a commuter. The best mode of public transport into the nearby towns and cities is by bus. With regular timetables and multiple services running to and from Stanley, it’s a convenient middle location for a city life away from the bustle.


Despite being in close proximity to Outwood, Stanley has a host of amenities. The village offers hairdressers, beauty salons, corner shops, butchers and pretty much everything you need right on your doorstep. Although there is not a major supermarket in the village, just a 10-minute drive to Normanton, you will find a large Asda and Lidl, which are ideal for a weekly shop. As well as amenities, the town also offers a wide range of takeaways and local pubs, which serve great ales and classic pub scrub. After a long walk down the canal, you can enjoy the choice of 2 fish and chips shops that are serving all the chip shop favourites, how could you resist?