The suburb of Gipton is bordered by the A58 and A64, affording excellent transport links to Leeds, York and further afield. Complete with amenities and bordered by eclectic neighbours like Roundhay, it is popular for families looking for affordable housing and a choice of schooling.
THINGS TO DO
Fearnville Leisure Centre is in the heart of Gipton and offers a number of classes and activities as well as a gym that is backed by open playing fields. Harehills Park is also on your doorstep and great for walking and family picnics in the summer. Just to the north of the suburb is Roundhay Park, with Tropical World, and this huge open space hosts events and is popular with residents across Leeds. Gipton Wood covers 8.2 hectares and is ancient woodland that is part of the Forest of Leeds but is actually found next to Roundhay.
EATING & DRINKING
Throughout Gipton there are a number of takeaways and on Easterly Road you can find a McDonald's, Greggs, Indian restaurant and Cafe Jazz. At the other side, York Road in Killingbeck has a Burger King, The Fisherman's Wife chippy and Jinnah Indian restaurant as well as a number of pubs. In the suburb itself you have The Orchard pub.
The city has the main amenities but Gipton is home to a barbers, post office, pharmacy, off licence, a bookmakers, The PianoMan music shop and Lidl. The closest large supermarkets are Asda in Killingbeck and Morrisons in Harehills, and neighbouring suburbs have numerous other shopping options.
There are a number of neighbouring suburbs, meaning that schools are in plentiful supply, including the well regarded St Nicholas Catholic Primary School and Roundhay School. Other options include:
- Oakwood Primary Academy
- St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
- Wykebeck Primary School
- Woodlands Primary Academy
- Leeds East Academy
- David Young Community Academy
- Corpus Christi Catholic College
Less than four miles from Leeds, it is ideally positioned for the city. Easterly Road and York Road surround the suburb and have regular buses to the city. The M621 and M1 are close for connections across the country and Leeds Bradford International Airport is less than half an hour away.
Recorded as Gipentune - meaning Gippa's farm - in 1018, Gipton has grown slowly. The village was to the west of the current location in 1817 at Gledhow Valley Woods. In 1935 the first council estate was built with affordable housing for the Leeds working class. Today it is a popular, lively suburb.
DID YOU KNOW?
Half Man Half Biscuit mentioned Gipton in their song "With Goth on Our Side".