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Adel Area Guide for Professionals

For those that want the benefit of rural living from a city location

Professional accommodation to rent in the Adel LS16 area of Leeds includes 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, houses and apartments. To determine whether Adel is the ideal location for your professional rented accommodation, read on...

Adel is situated on the northern outskirts of Leeds and still retains a village feel as it has managed to escape some of extensive development that Leeds has seen to date. It is a highly desirable residential area for a professional let in Leeds due to the prestigious properties found here and the close proximity to the countryside, and Golden Acre Park.

Living in Adel

This quiet residential area of Leeds has plenty to recommend it - large, spacious properties, a multitude of green spaces, independent delis and cafes and a rural vibe that’s a world away from the buzz of the city centre. For anyone who likes long walks in the park and a quiet pint after work, Adel is one of the best places in the city to live.

Why professionals choose Adel

Adel may be further away from major employment hotspots, but it’s surprisingly well-connected by road - the ring road lies just to the south of the area. Adel is also close by to some major employers in the retail, creative and hospitality sectors as well, making for a short commute for many professionals.

Where is Adel?

Adel is four miles north of Leeds City Centre. It is just to the north of Far Headingley and Weetwood, lying just to the east of Cookridge. It’s two miles east of Horsforth, 12 miles south of Harrogate, 7.5 miles north-east of Bradford and 36 miles north-east of Manchester.

Restaurants and cafes

The majority of restaurants and cafes in Adel lie on Otley Road, separated by banks and shops. The most well-known one is Divino, an Italian restaurant which attracts diners from across Leeds, although there are a few delis worth visiting for a quick lunch or relaxed weekend brunch.

Cranberries, which is just down the road from Divino, serves cakes, pastries, salads and coffee to go, while there’s also a small cafe area where you can sit down and watch the locals whizz by. Stables Pub in nearby Weetwood does a nice line in traditional British cuisine.

Best industries for professionals in Adel

Employers in the retail, hospitality, finance and creative sectors all have bases in and around Adel. However, there are further job opportunities in surrounding areas such as Horsforth, Headingley and Moortown in areas such as law and education.
Major employers in Adel include Asda, Leeds City Council, who run schools and health centres in the area, digital media firm Search Laboratory, Natwest and Leeds Building Society. Nearby Weetwood Hall also employs a number of people who live locally.

Amenities in Adel

Adel has a handful of shops on Otley Road, including a branch of the Co-Operative and Woodend’s, a local butchers. The local post office is inside the Co-Op, while there are branches of Natwest and the Leeds Building Society further up Otley Road.

The local surgery, Adel Surgery, is located just half a mile from the Otley Road shops on Long Causeway and is open on weekdays. As for police, Weetwood Police Station is just north of the roundabout where the ring road meets Otley Road.

Professional Housing in Adel

Adel is fortunate to have a vast array of houses and flats. Many of them come with spacious front and back gardens, particularly around the Adel Wood area. Semis are the norm here, while you can find sprawling detached properties as you head further up Otley Road towards Bramhope.

Transport in Adel

A few major bus routes that go between Leeds and Otley stop in Adel. Along Otley Road, the number 1 service goes to neighbouring Holt Park every 10 minutes from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm and every half hour on weekday nights and Sundays. The X84 goes to Otley every 20 minutes during peak times.

By rail, Adel lies in between the Headingley and Horsforth stations, where trains to Leeds run every half an hour until just after 11pm most days. Headingley is over a mile away, as is Horsforth.

Popular areas near Adel


A town within a city, Horsforth is a peaceful yet convenient place to live for professionals from all walks of life. It has a number of shops and bars to pick up the essentials and meet friends in, while it has a train station and regular bus routes to other parts of the city.

Far Headingley

Anything but an extension of Headingley, this exceedingly green part of Leeds has everything a professional could ask for from their neighbourhood - friendly local shops, relaxing pubs and bars, arts venues and a massive local park.


This up-and-coming suburb has all of life’s essentials on your doorstep - supermarkets, cafes, gyms, health centres and buses to the city centre. There are also many great places to work in Meanwood itself, from supermarkets and bars to offices.

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