One of the largest towns in Leeds, Horsforth has managed to seamlessly integrate into modern times while retaining its village charm. The civil parish sits to the northwest of Leeds city centre and is home to a wide variety of people. The housing, which ranges from grandiose detached houses and picturesque terraces to modern flats and bungalows, caters to every style and need.
THINGS TO DO
There are several museums and family-friendly attractions in Horsforth. The Horsforth Village Museum chronicles the growth and development of Horsforth through the years. Meanwhile, Horsforth Hall Park is a sprawling space in the city that features several bike paths, play areas for children and a skate park. The space also hosts numerous festivities and serves as a venue for some of the area’s best brass bands.
EATING & DRINKING
Horsforth is much larger than the neighbouring villages and, as a result, has a vibrant food and night scene. An eclectic mix of 17th century pubs, modern cafes and restaurants serving food from around the world, caters to all tastes. Horsforth Town Street has a densely concentrated collection of pubs and bars. Some of the favourites include the Town Street Tavern, Sandbar and the Black Bull which dates back to 1758. The Bar 166 & Bistro is consistently ranked as one of the best places to eat, while La Bistro Mediterranean Kitchenand Trattoria Il Fornoare also spectacular choices.
Horsforth features a number of shops and amenities. Among them are several boutique gift and flower shops, drugstores, a sporting goods store and more. Dunnes and BHS Stores are large department stores that offer a vast array of goods and services. Home goods and furniture can be found at Nellberrey Designs, Horsforth Home Interiors and Clarks Mobility.
There are a number of exceptional schools in Horsforth. They include:
- Horsforth School
- Leeds Trinity University
- Leeds City College
- West End Lane Primary School
- Saint Margaret's Church of England Primary School
- Newlaithes Primary School
- Westbrook Lane Primary School
- Broadgate Lane Primary School
- Froebelian School
- Hawksworth Wood Primary School
- Cookridge Primary School
- Iveson Primary School
- Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy
- Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School
- Lawnswood School
- Leeds West Academy
- Featherbank Primary School
- Froebelian School
Transportation to and throughout the village is made simple by the First Leeds bus. Leeds city centre is connected to Horsforth via Headingley. The Harrogate train line runs through the Horsforth railway station and this is the primary station for the surrounding area. Leeds Bradford Airport is also close and within a 10 minute drive.
Prior to the 19th century, Horsforth was an agricultural community. The latter part of the century saw a rapid growth that led to Horsforth’s title as the village with the largest population in the UK. As the city progressed, its economy became highly industrialised with a focus on stone production and, later, textile trade. The town integrated into the City of Leeds in 1974 and then became a parish in 1999. Yet, even with constant urbanisation, the town has captured the hearts of many with its village-like atmosphere.
DID YOU KNOW?
Horsforth is home to several notable people, including Matthew Lewis who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series and the England international footballer, James Milner.