Area Guide to Kirkstall Leeds LS5
Situated just a few miles from Leeds city centre, nestled along the eastern side of the River Aire and close to the canal, is the small suburb of Kirkstall. Famous for its Abbey, growing number of bars and restaurants and green spaces, it is growing in popularity for professional lets.
Eating & Drinking
There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy flavours from around the world such as the Indian Sheesh Mahal andViva Cuba. The last weekend of every month from March through November the Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Deli markets take place on the abbey grounds featuring a mix of vendors and suppliers. A couple of pubs worth a mention are West End House and the award winning Kirkstall Bridge with its selection of craft ales.
The Warner Village complex at Kirkstall is a large entertainment complex, which includes multiplex cinema, Virgin Active gym, bowling alley and Evolution club. There are also a host of restaurants such as Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Hut and Nando’s.
Sport and leisure
As well as the Virgin Active gym at Warner Village, the training grounds for both Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie are based in Kirkstall. You can also enjoy football at the Goals complex just off Kirkstall Road.
Kirkstall Abbey is certainly the most prominent attraction, which is surrounded by lush gardens and wildlife and provides a place to relax and explore Leeds history.
The close proximity of the canal provide an ideal opportunity for walking and cycling.
There is a leisure centre just on Kirkstall Road near the large Morrison’s supermarket.
Most of Kirkstall’s independent shops and businesses are situated along Kirkstall and Abbey roads. The modern Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, which opened in 2015, features an array of eateries and home and apparel shops.
The A65 runs through the suburb and links it to Leeds City Centre and out to Yeadon and Guiseley. Several regular bus routes connect Kirkstall to Leeds centre. Headingley train station is a few minutes walk up from Kirkstall Road (A65) and the airport is just six miles away.
Employers from almost all industries have a base in Leeds. It is a major hub for professional services, law and financial services, with well known companies such as First Direct, Yorkshire Bank and Leeds Building Society. It also has the highest number of central government jobs outside of London, with the Department of Health particularly. Asda’s headquarters are close to the station and Morrison’s HQ is a short hop to the edge of Bradford.
There are a number of excellent schools in the area including:
- Kirkstall Valley Primary School
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
- Beecroft Primary School
- Kirkstall St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School
- Burley Saint Matthias Church of England Primary School
- Abbey Grange Church of England Academy