A reasonably priced suburb of Leeds, in close proximity to Headingley and Kirkstall, Burley is a desirable location with a great selection of schools. With a number of modern semi-detached housing areas, the area continues to grow and develop, and comes with amenities and plenty to do.
THINGS TO DO
Leeds is home to a multitude of different things to see and do. From heritage at Oakwell Hall and Country Park and Kirkstall Abbey to history at the Royal Armouries or a bit of culture at the City Art Gallery, there is something for everyone. The Harewood Estate, Burley Park and Bramham Moor are perfectly placed to become your home for Sunday family walks while the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and River Aire are popular cycling, fishing and dog walking spots. Down by the river, there is Hollywood Bowl to skittle some pins, go to cinema or use the gym and City Golf if you like a relaxing round. With Headingley Stadium nearby, it is the perfect base for watching cricket, rugby league and/or rugby union.
EATING & DRINKING
Being close to Headingley and Hyde Park means you're never far from a more dynamic eating and drinking scene. That said, Burley does have its own growing number of restaurants and bars. From the Corner Cafe Indian to the Persian Grill at Haftsin to tapas at Viva Cuba, as well as classics like Harvester, Pizza Hut and Nando's, there is an eclectic mix to choose from. Popular pubs include Aire of the Dog by the water, The Royal Park and Skyrack.
From niche stores like a bike shop, car parts and pet shop to area staples like a pharmacy, hairdressers, Menston Bakery and small stores like a 24 hour Co-op, Asda, Aldi and Iceland around the high street. The closest superstore is the Morrisons off Kirkstall Road, a short drive away, where there are other shops to enjoy.
There are a number of schools within Burley and the surrounding areas. These include:
- Beecroft Primary School
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
- Kirkstall Valley Primary School
- Armley Primary School
- Rosebank Primary School
- Abbey Grange Church of England Academy (Secondary) School
- Lawnswood Secondary School
- Leeds City Academy
- Swallow Hill Community College
- Leeds City College
Just a 15 minute walk into the heart of Leeds, and with a number of bus routes as well as its own train station, you can easily get around. Being close to the ring road means that the M1 and M62 are accessible for travelling around the country and Leeds Bradford International Airport is just seven miles away.
First noted at the end of the 12th century as "Burcheleia", it wasn't until the industrial revolution that the place began to grow. Red-brick, back-to-back homes were built as the River Aire became the home of many mills and other industries such as chemicals, clock-making, dairies and printing. A working class area for many years, the businesses in the area are now much more diverse with broadcast studios, immigration offices and commuters to Leeds.
DID YOU KNOW?
The drama mini-series Harry's Game, produced by ITV in 1982, was filmed in Burley and portrayed to be Belfast because it was considered too dangerous to produce in Northern Ireland.