Leeds and West Yorkshire are brilliant places, but if you think you’ve seen it all here, do you know about Horsforth?
We can’t continue to say Horsforth is the best-kept secret close to Leeds because there is too much buzz about the place. It is still very much a place on the up, though, and so if you need to know why Horsforth is an incredible place to live, you are in the right place.
What Is The Population Of Horsforth?
With a population in excess of 20,000 people (as per the 2011 Census), Horsforth has evolved into a thoroughly progressive town.
It’s an area of considerable history, including admirable fundraising efforts during the Second World War. The Horsforth Museum has a great deal to excite and entice you, but thankfully, present-day Horsforth has a lot to offer.
If you love music, a fact that came to light in October 2020 might surprise or amaze you. Horsforth was named the “most musical village” in Great Britain. At the time, 22 local acts were vying for chart recognition, making sure Horsforth has a place on the British pop map.
Is Horsforth a safe place to live?
For crime rate statistics, Horsforth ranks in the top 20 small towns in West Yorkshire for safety. When you consider all of the towns, cities and villages in West Yorkshire, Horsforth is in the top half.
No area is completely crime-free, and you should always take precautions to remain safe. However, nothing suggests living in Horsforth represents a risk or threat. Many residents adore how quiet and drama-free the area is.
If you have grown tired of noise, excitement and social media drama unfolding around you, Horsforth is one of the finest areas close to Leeds.
What is there to do in Horsforth?
We’ve ascertained that Horsforth is a safe space to live, but this doesn’t mean it is boring. Far from it, and no matter your age or interests, we are sure you will find something to love about Horsforth.
The presence of Leeds Trinity University ensures there is plenty of life and excitement here. The residential campus for the University is in Horsforth, situated off Brownberrie Lane.
Enjoy your new favourite bar in Horsforth
The Malt Brewhouse at 166 Town Street, Horsforth, provides the perfect blend of food, craft beer and a friendly atmosphere to ensure you have a favourite local bar in Horsforth. You don’t need to go into Leeds to enjoy a great night out, and we recommend you try the pizzas!
Other great food and drink destinations include:
- The Bridge Inn
- Town Street Tavern
- Once Upon A Vine (one of the finest wine bars in West Yorkshire)
- Hemingways Bar & Kitchen
Rest assured, you won’t struggle to have a good night out in Horsforth.
Horsforth has a lot of open space
If you want to be close to the busy social options of Leeds but desire more space and quiet, Horsforth is ideal. Horsforth Hall Park is a lively place with all the greenery and open space you need. Whether you socialise, exercise, take things easy or go with the flow, you will adore having this space on your doorstep.
Some of the leading attractions of Horsforth Hall Park are:
- Cricket pitch (the home of Horsforth Hall Park Cricket Club)
- Integrated play facility
- Japanese garden
- Skate Park
- Spider's web playground
- Summer entertainment events
You can also enjoy a couple of waterside walks in the local area. The Leeds-Liverpool towpath offers a scenic stroll, and you also have walks by the River Aire. It doesn’t matter if your focus is on your steps or the views; you’ll have a great time all year round in these settings.
None Go Bye Farm might be the best venue for families to enjoy a walk while keeping kids entertained. This local farm has a wide range of farmyard animals, and there is a Walking With Goats option for something unique.
It’s an affordable family day out, and your kids will love feeding the animals from hand!
Horsforth offers the best suburban and city living
We love Leeds, but we also appreciate why people want to live in the suburbs. We’ve discussed how much Horsforth has to offer, but the great news is, you can access the very best of Leeds with a minimum of fuss and effort.
Travel between Horsforth and Leeds
The driving distance between Horsforth and Leeds is just over 5 miles, and you have three main routes to get there. You can travel to Leeds from Horsforth via the A65, the Bury Road or the A660. Even at peak times, a trip between 20 and 25 minutes isn’t out of reach, so you can drive in less than half an hour.
Of course, we can’t promise you will find an affordable parking spot in Leeds just as quickly.
If you don’t want to find a parking spot, or would prefer to take public transport, the train journey is simple. Taking the direct train from Horsforth Station to Leeds takes 12 minutes.
- The first train heading to Leeds is 05:29, and the last returning train leaves Leeds at 23:29.
- The first train heading to Horsforth is 05:05, and the last returning train leaves Horsforth at 23:40.
The nearby (depending on where you are in Horsforth) Kirkstall Forge railway station is even closer to Leeds. From Kirkstall, the journey time is less than ten minutes to the heart of Leeds.
The bus from Horsforth to Leeds leaves from New Road Side, and should take less than half an hour.
House prices in Horsforth
According to Rightmove, as of late April 2022, properties in Horsforth had an overall average price of £325,909 over the past 12 months.
Compare the average price of property in Headingley with other local average prices:
- Leeds city centre: £170,405
- Leeds, West Yorkshire: £ 237,968
- West Yorkshire: £221,812
As you’ll see, the average house price in Horsforth is more expensive than this price for Leeds city centre, Leeds and West Yorkshire. Then again, with all the great features and benefits of living here, you still enjoy fantastic value for money.
Moving or looking to invest in Horsforth?
If you are looking to invest in property in Horsforth, then as Horsforth estate agents you can give us a call on 0113 246 4860. We have an excellent understanding of the local area and cover a host of property services.