Handy, hedonistic, hip, holistic, here & now, humongous… all the best H-words apply to Headingley. Even Hobbits (really, JRR Tolkien was here).

More moves than strictly

About two miles from the city centre, Headingley does buses big time. If all the timetables were laid end-to-end they’d reach our nearest neighbouring star system. Fact.

Buses 1, 6, 19, 19a, 28, 56, 97, X84, X85 run regularly to the city centre

40 min walk to Leeds city centre

Buses 1, 6, 28 and 97 run regularly to the universities

M62, M1, A64M and A1M easily reached

Railway straight into city centre

Leeds Bradford Airport 15 minutes’ drive

Leeds Beckett has a campus in Headingley

Shoptastically yours

Headingley Central has Sainsbury’s, Greggs, Wilko’s, Costa, Boots…all the mainstream-style brands. But the town’s also famous for more boutiquey, eccentric and independent emporia. So you can buy spaghetti hoops and a Javanese funeral banjo in the same locality. Result.

Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, plus many more charity shops

The Bowery – coffee shop/art and events space/craft workshops/gifts

The Workshop – coffee shop - with rentable sewing machines, obvs

Growlers – craft beers, and somewhere to fill your growler (take-away jug)

In the boring-but-useful category - several banks and a post office

To do

If you’re a cricket-loving, art-focused, hiking, biking, rugby nut, hipster creative, footie fan, film-going, audiophile, historian-cum-futurist, nature freak, world citizen humanist kind of a person (and who isn’t), Headingley is right up your street. No room to list it all, but here are a few ideas…

Cottage Road Cinema – built in 1912 and possibly the cutest cinema in the world

Headingley Stadium – cricket and rugby league par excellence

Beckett Park – gorgeous greenery and tennis-ness

Meanwood Valley Nature Reserve – nice bogs and more

Athletics Centre – Leeds Becket Uni Campus

Bad Brains MBC – a no-brainer for the mountain biking-minded

Night. eats & drinks

We have to mention the Otley Run, a legendary pub crawl/fancy dress fest that starts – and sometimes never goes further than – Headingley. Then there’s the dining dilemma of just so many restaurants and cafes to choose from, classic ale type pubs and oh-so-hip bars. You are easily spoilt for choice in Headingley, so here are some pointers…

Proper pubs – The Original Oak, Skyrack, Three Horseshoes

Woodie’s Craft Alehouse – fab craft ales in a house owned by Woodie

Manahatta – cool New York-inspired bar, DJs on weekends

The Box Bar Open Mic – Tuesday nights, free drink for every performer

Red’s True BBQ – truly awesome

The Cat’s Pyjamas – top Indian street food

Ecco Pizzeria – Neapolitan, wood fired, authentic

Nandos – no introduction needed

Santorini Bar & Grill – A TripAdvisor favourite