Living in Beckett Park
Giving its name to both a sprawling urban park and a quiet, leafy suburb of Leeds, Beckett Park is one of the most conveniently-located places in the city to live. Not only is it on the doorstep of Headingley and Hyde Park, it also happens to be within easy reach by road and rail to the city centre, while it’s also close to major employers in North Leeds.
Why professionals choose Beckett Park
Without being too far off the beaten track, Beckett Park is a peaceful place to live, making it ideal for professional couples who would like to raise families here. It’s close by to major employers, including Leeds Beckett University and is within reasonable commuting distance of areas of Leeds such as Headingley, Horsforth and Kirkstall.
Where is Beckett Park?
Beckett Park is just to the west of Headingley, south of Horsforth, north of Hyde Park and east north-east of Kirkstall. It’s around two miles north-west of Leeds City Centre, seven miles east north-east of Bradford, 15 miles south of Harrogate, 25 miles south-west of York and 35 miles north-east of Manchester.
Restaurants and cafes
Beckett Park does have a smattering of relaxed cafes, although not quite as many as some neighbouring suburbs. For fish and chips, Midgleys on Spen Lane is your best bet, as it’s cheap and open most evenings, which is useful if you need something quick to eat on the way home.
As for cafes, there is one on the Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus. The food court there is open to the general public as well as students, but tends to get busy on occasion. For something finer, Dough Bistro, which is just over the road from Midgleys, is pretty good and has had great reviews from customers and the local press.
Best industries in Beckett Park
Education, retail and hospitality are the three biggest industries in Beckett Park. There are a handful of small creative firms based in the area, but if you need to cast your net wider for a role, Headingley and Hyde Park are just round the corner.
By far the biggest employer here is Leeds Beckett University, thanks entirely to their Headingley Campus. They employ lecturers, IT staff, admin workers and more besides to keep the campus up and running.
Amenities in Beckett Park
Beckett Park has a parade of shops on Queenswood Drive, which does include a branch of One Stop that doubles up as the local post office. There aren’t any banks around, but Otley Road, the main street in Headingley, is as little as a five-minute walk away from some parts.
The nearest surgery is Kirkstall Lane Medical Centre, which is at the bottom of Queenswood Drive. As for the police, Weetwood Police station is just over a mile’s drive away at the top of Otley Road.
Housing in Beckett Park
Around the park itself, semi-detached properties are the norm in quiet, tree-lined avenues. Towards the Queenswood Drive area of Beckett Park, you’re more likely to find flat-roofed terraces and, leading up to Spen Lane, the odd high-rise flat. 1930’s-era semis are the most prominent, many with front and back gardens.
Transport in Beckett Park
By bus, the 19/19A and 56 will take you up towards Horsforth, with around nine buses per hour for both services expected during the daytime (apart from Sundays). The 29, 39 and 69 buses, all of which are semi-regular, run during term times at the local university campus, with around four or five an hour running at peak times.
By train, Headingley station is the nearest, being just under a mile away. Trains take 11 minutes to get from Headingley to Leeds and run every half hour or so at peak times. As for car parking, there are sites at the Leeds Beckett Campus, although spaces are limited during term time.
Popular areas near Beckett Park
A ‘noisy neighbour’ is what Headingley may seem to be, but this part of Leeds is hugely popular with professionals. Plentiful local amenities, outstanding transport links to other parts of the city and cultural and sporting venues mark Headingley out very clearly on the map.
Just to the north of Beckett Park, this leafier extension of Headingley is a thriving suburb in its own right. Historic terraces, large semis and expansive detached properties line the streets, while it’s more peaceful than its southerly neighbour.
More than just an abbey, Kirkstall is another suburb which has proven popular with professionals. Houses and flats with great views of parts of Leeds, great links to other areas of the city and plentiful job opportunities in the local area all add to its allure.