Burley Area Guide
History of Burley
Like most of Leeds, Burley was built on industry and you can still see some of the old mills on the banks of the River Aire. Some of the mill workers houses still remain around Burley Road and Haddon Road.
Amongst the houses for sale in Leeds you will find the traditional red brick and back-to-back construction that was common in the 19th century. Other industries in the area included printing, clock making, dairies and chemicals but it was the growth of the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University in the late 20th century which brought renewed life back to the town.
The opening of Yorkshire Television’s Leeds Studios built in 1968 heralded a change from industry to non-manufacturing. You can also find Radio Aire’s broadcast studio on Kirkstall Road, cementing Burley’s relationship with the media.
Up until 1959 the Leeds Tramway still ran through Burley, and although this transport method is no more, Burley is still a well connected suburb of Leeds.
Amenities in Burley
In terms of shopping, Burley is well suited to a 24-hour culture, from groceries and shopping to bars and takeaways. The main shopping area is along Kirkstall Road and Burley Hill. You can also head to Cardigan Fields for an entertainment complex under one roof. There’s a multi-screen cinema, nightclub, gym and bowling alley plus all of your favourite fast food outlets
If you’d prefer a quiet walk or cycle the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and River Aire run along the south of Burley provide lots of quiet spots with some beautiful scenery. For those green fingered types Burley Model Allotments, which was once a quarry, has more than 100 plots available and have existed since 1982 when Leeds City Council acquired the site.
For art lovers watch out for Triangle Art Day, when local artists open their homes as galleries, it’s a chance to see niche and interesting pieces in their own environment. Plus, you can always hear the backstory from the artists themselves.
Queens ARLFC play in the Pennine League Premier Division and have headquarters at Burley Social Club. Burley United play their games at West Park football fields, playing in Division 1 of the Sunday League. Burley RUFC play in Yorkshire Division 4 and play their matches next to Kirkstall Abbey.
Entertaining and eating out in Burley
There is lots of restaurant choice to suit any taste. From fast food and family favourites to independents and tapas.
Additionally, due to the new student builds, the Burley area is now starting to benefit from even more new restaurants, bars and shops making this an up and coming area, adding to the already well established local hangouts.
There’s always something new to try in Burley.
Housing in Burley
If you’re looking for period property to rent or buy in Leeds then look no further. Burley is characterised by red brick Victorian terraces including small back-to-back houses and through terraces. In the 20th century private houses were built including semi-detached houses around Burley Wood. There are pockets of 20th-century council houses including a small estate of prefabricated concrete houses on Burley Road near the Yorkshire Television studios.
Burley traditionally has a fairly large student population who live mostly in private rented accommodation in Leeds, these were built in the mid- to late 2000s. Large scale student halls on Burley Road and have brought a 24-hour convenience to the area. The housing costs in Burley are relatively modest and it is ideally located being just a few minutes from the hustle and bussle of Leeds City Centre. In recent years, large scale building of purpose built student accommodation blocks around the city centre have acted to change the student demographic somewhat in Burley. Instead, many young working peple have moved to Burley and there is also a large number of families occupying the area, with many local schools close by.
On quiz nights its worth noting that Spice Girl Melanie Brown aka “Scary Spice” was born in Leeds in 1975 and moved to Burley before finding fame with the 90s girl band. She still owns the house, so you never know who’s house you might be renting in Leeds!
How to get to Burley
Buses: First Leeds 15, 19, 19A, 33, 33A, 49, 50 and 50A bus services link Burley with the city centre, Bradford, Farsley, Horsforth, Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Kirkstall, Headingley, Bramley, Garforth, Guiseley, Menston, Otley, St James' Hospital and Seacroft.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Leeds City Centre
Car: Burley is linked to Leeds City Centre by the A65 and Burley Roads. Burley has a railway station at Burley Park and connects Burley with the city centre, Headingley, Horsforth, Harrogate, Knaresborough and York.
Burley is a great place for those looking for properties in rent in Leeds. There’s a high proportion of young professionals who live here due to the proximity of the city centre and motorway network. This is an ideal area for anyone looking for investment property in Leeds or young professionals who need to to take advantage of the relatively lower house prices in Burley.
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