When looking at areas to live in Leeds, I spent quite a lot of time researching Rothwell. Being situated towards the south of the city it’s a bit cheaper than the northern suburbs of Leeds, while still providing some of the same features.
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Rothwell is located south of Leeds city centre, near Wakefield. Rothwell has a main town street, called Commercial Street which has numerous shops, hairdressers, charity shops, cafes and fish and chip shops. It seems to have more chippy’s than anywhere else I have visited. That’s not a bad thing – I like fish and chips!
The town centre is relatively small, but it does extend to a shopping area to the back of Commercial Street by Morrisons, which includes a Subway, and a Card Factory among other shops. Rothwell does feel quite isolated, but not in a bad way. It feels like a small village which has just expanded. I feel like it will continue to develop too.
Since 2007 the house prices in Rothwell have increased by 11%, which compared to its neighbouring areas of Middleton Park (reduced by 9%) and Garforth/Swillington (increasing by only 4%) shows it is a desirable area to live, and could in part be due to the town centre being redeveloped in 2007. Rothwell has the highest percentage house price increase of any suburb south of the city. (statistics from http://www.tomforth.co.uk)
There are a variety of houses in Rothwell. Over the last 12 months there have been approximately 200 sales (estimated by Zoopla) where the average price paid was £184,140, which is consistent with what the average value for a house is in the area at £184,302. According to Zoopla’s statistics in the last year the house prices in Rothwell have increased by 5.86%
Although Rothwell may look far out of the city centre on a map, by bus or car Leeds is very easily accessible.
If you don’t drive then the bus is the best way to get into Leeds city centre, there is no shortage of them! The journey takes about half an hour. The local bus routes can be found on this website http://www.wymetro.com/BusTravel/mapsandguides/
The nearest train station is Woodlesford, approximately 1.8miles away, a 6 minute drive.
Follow the link below to see the closest NHS hospitals and medical services. There is one hospital in Rothwell, a private hospital, The Spire Methley Park Hospital. This hospital provides a range of services for insured and privately funded individuals.
The Leeds General Infirmary is 6.8 miles away, 19 minute drive and Pinderfield hospital in Wakefield is 5.4 miles away, a 17 minute drive.
I won’t go into too much depth about the demographics of the area of Rothwell. It has more young people and old people than the national average, which indicates it is a place for older people to live.
If you would like more information on the demographics of Rothwell then the following link may be useful to you. http://www.ilivehere.co.uk/statistics-rothwell-leeds-32826.html
Springhead park is one of the main features of living in Rothwell. It is a hive of activity. There are several festivals throughout the year, including a Christmas one where Santa appears in the café, FOR FREE!
They have tennis courts, where on the last Sunday of every month between 2pm and 4pm people can try tennis for free. There is a bowls club, called Rothwell Park Bowling Club, which is competitive and provides a paid membership option, it is situated to the left hand side of the Pavillion Café.
Yes! There is the all important café, and it is a good one too. Very family friendly with baby change facilities, and high chairs. They do a range of food to suit all requirements, home cooked dinners and breakfasts, or it is a handy place to stop just a nice coffee and a bun! The café is also dog friendly.
A snapshot of the menu and prices is below.
The children’s play area is split across three sites within the park. The older children are separated from the younger ones, but as they are all in close proximity parents can watch over their children of all ages. There is also plenty of grassy banks around the park for picnicking in summer!
Springhead Park has a dedicated skate park area, kept separate, but still not too far away from the main central children’s play area, if you need to keep the family in close range.
Cafés / Other
There is not an abundance of coffee shops in the central area, however I think this is something which is being developed. There is a new Tea Room opening soon on commercial street. Other choices include a Morrisons Café, and of course the café at the park.
Rothwell does have some independent shops including a local butchers and florist.
Rothwell is fairly well placed for schools and a number of schools near to Rothwell fall within the Good or Outstanding, but do check as some of the schools have been classified as requires improvement.
The top 5 Primary schools ae listed below:
- Woodlesford Primary
- Rothwell St Mary’s RC Primary
- Methley Primary
- Victoria Junior School
- Rothwell Haigh Road Infant School
The full classification can be viewed at http://www.findmyschool.co.uk
Secondary schools are a little bit further afield and the results are not as favourable.
- Royds School (LS26 postcode) – Ofsted rating ‘Requires Improvement’ 24th May 2016
- John Smeaton (4.5 miles away) – Ofsted rating ‘Requires Improvement’ 13th December 2016
- Rodillian Academy (4.8 miles away) – Ofsted rating ‘Good’ January 2016
- South Leeds Academy (2.8 miles away) – Ofted rating ‘Inadequate’ December 2016
Full reports can be viewed online at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/
Rightmove is good for outlining which houses lie within catchment areas for schools too.
Things to do
There are numerous things to see and do in Rothwell. The nightlife and shopping is mainly centred around the town centre, Commercial Street, Marsh Street and Jail Yard. WIth numerous places to shop as previously mentioned. Check out Trip Advisor for ratings on restaurants and bars in the area https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g3182267-Rothwell_Leeds_West_Yorkshire_England.html
Rothwell Leisure Centre is located on Wakefield road, 1.8 miles from the town centre, which has a 25m pool , indoor halls and courts to book out for a fee. The full description can be viewed using the web link below:
I used to attend ‘back to netball’ sessions at this Leisure Centre and found it to have a friendly inclusive atmosphere.
Swithens Farm is located close to the centre of Rothwell, yet it feels very rural. It is a lovely place for a family day out, and caters for children of all ages. There is an indoor play area, café, outdoor play area, and a farm yard where the children can purchase a bag of carrots and feed the animals. If timed correctly there are scheduled sessions for the children to bottle feed the lambs too which is a lovely addition to the day – speaking from experience I highly recommend this.
If you are looking to move to Leeds, or even within the Leeds boundaries and are considering Rothwell then I hope this blog has given you some useful information to help conduct your research.
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I am currently researching Horsforth in this series researching Areas of Leeds. Horsforth was recently rated as the 8th best place to live in Leeds, so I thought I had better take a look! Here is the link to whet your appetite: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4268786/Do-live-one-nicest-places-Britain.html?ITO=1490
Research has been conducted searching online databases such as Wikipedia, Zoopla, Ofsted.gov.uk and Rightmove. All other research and views are based on personal experience when visiting these locations.