West Yorkshire

Yeadon is a small town in the Leeds metropolitan district of West Yorkshire.

The town is eight miles north-west of Leeds, six miles north-east of Bradford and around 3 miles south of Otley.

Yeadon is close to the neighbouring small town of Guiseley, from which it is separated by Nunroyd Park.

Leeds Bradford Airport is at Yeadon Moor, about two miles by road or a 10-minute bus ride from Yeadon town centre.

The airport originally opened as an aerodrome in 1931, but has since seen major expansion in its operations, now offering national, European, holiday destination and International flights from several operators and handling nearly 3.5m passengers a year.

Yeadon Tarn, surrounded by Tarnfield Park, separates the town from the airport and provides an attractive location for local walks, sailing and angling.

Like many West Yorkshire towns, Yeadon expanded in the Victorian era when textile mills and a dye works were developed there. Further expension has been seen in recent decades with development around the airport.

Yeadon Town Hall is an impressive grade II listed building in the centre of the town providing a large community hall and theatre and events venue. The building was completed in 1880 and became premises of the Aireborough Urban District Council, an expanded council area formed in 1937 to more efficiently run the services of Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon and a few other nearby villages and settlements. When, in 1974, Leeds became a large metropolitan district it swallowed up many towns and their town halls. Recently, however, the building has been transferred from the Leeds City Council to a community interest company, which aims to continue its use to the local community and raise funds for a restoration project.

 Town features

The town has pubs and social clubs.
Yeadon has local traders and a supermarket.
The town has a Post Office.
The town has pharmacies.
Yeadon has bank and building society branches.
The town has cafes and tea-rooms.
Restaurant dining can be found in Yeadon.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches.
Places to stay in Yeadon include hotel accommodation.
Yeadon has a town hall, including a community venue and concert hall.
The town has a library.
Yeadon has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist.


Bus travel

The town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres and to Leeds Bradford Airport.

Air travel

Leeds Bradford Airport is nearby. See airports.

Road travel

Yeadon can be reached via the A658 A65 .

Places to visit

Otley Chevin Country Park

East Chevin Road, Otley
The Otley Chevin Country Park is a forested hillside with rocky outcrops offering magnificent views across Otley and the Wharfe Valley, a network of paths to explore, a variety of wildlife and some interesting tree sculptures. The Chevin is an area with strong evidence of hunting in the stone age with thousands of flint arrowheads and knives having been found there. Cup and ring marked rocks dating from the bronze age are scheduled ancient monuments. Two areas of an iron age settlement were discovered in the 1960s and an archaelogical dig in the 1990s found evidence of a hut circle within a rubble enclosure. Much of the forestry in the area was planted in the 1950s and 1960s and it became a local nature reserve in 1989. There are car parks with access to the country park at East Chevin Road and Yorkgate.
Further information can be found at the  Leeds City Council - Otley Chevin Country Park and  Friends of Chevin Forest web pages.

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Road, Kirkstall
The ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey, dating from 1152, are in public parkland alongside the River Aire at Kirkstall, 3 miles north-west of Leeds city centre.

More information at these  Leeds City Council - Kirkstall Abbey web pages.
Find on map:  Kirkstall Abbey

Roundhay Park, Leeds

Roundhay Park and Tropical World

Prince's Avenue, Roundhay
Roundhay Park is a popular large park 3 miles north of Leeds city centre, owned by Leeds City Council, with more than 280 hectares of parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens. It also has cafes and is the location of Tropical World, which holds a large collection of tropical plants, birds and reptiles, a butterfly house, aquariums and other animal enclosures, including the ever-popular meerkats.

Find out more at this  Leeds City Council - Roundhay Park web page

Harewood House

Harewood HouseHarewood House, an 18th century stately country home, is at Harewood, about 7 miles south of Harrogate. It opens to visitors during a season stretching from March to October. Harewood hosts a variety of exhibitions and events as well as guided tours of the house. The house has been used to film scenes for the ITV series "Victoria" in which it has represented Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. Harewood has extensive grounds including more than 100 acres of gardens, parkland planned by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, a farm experience, deer park and the ruins of the 13th century Harewood Castle. The grounds also include the purpose-built village set of ITV's "Emmerdale", although this is not open to visitors except on selected dates on pre-booked tours via partners of the TV company.
More information can be found at the  Harewood website.
Locate on map:  Harewood House

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Extending across an area of 232 square miles (600 sq km), the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty starts at the edge of Otley. The area has a beautiful and varied landscape including rolling heather-topped moorland, stone-walled agricultural fields and farms, small villages, lake-like reservoirs and some outstanding geological features, the best known of which are Brimham Rocks. For more details see our Nidderdale page.

Emergency services

West Yorkshire Police  West Yorkshire Police website.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Metropolitan district council

City of Leeds

The City of Leeds authority covers an area extending several miles beyond the city itself, including areas of agricutural land with widely spaced villages to the north east and several separate small towns including Garforth, Guiseley, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon.

Leeds is just one of a ring five metropolitan councils covering the many cities, towns and villages of the conurbation of West Yorkshire. Around one-third of the West Yorkshire population live in the Leeds metropolitan district, just over ¾ million at the time of the 2011 census.

In the City of Leeds metropolitan district a total of 99 councillors are elected. There are three councillors per ward across 33 wards. Councillors are usually elected for four-year terms, one councillor being elected in each of three years out of four. A Lord Mayor of Leeds is elected from the council each year.

Political composition after May 2023 election:

61 *15654 MBI3 GSI3 SD2
99 members * includes Labour & Co-operative        MBI = Morley Borough Independents; GSI = Garforth and Swillington Independents; SD = Social Democratic Party
External link to  Leeds City Council website.

See our Gazetteer for more about the  Leeds metropolitan district and places within it.

County strategic authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire -  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Leeds,  Kirklees and  Wakefield — which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous unitary authority area of the City of  York council as well as the unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Since 2021 it has operated with an elected mayor as chairman and decision-maker for some responsibilities. These include transport, housing and planning and finance powers. The responsibilities also include those of Police and Crime Commissioner, a role substantially delegated to an appointee deputy mayor.

Elected mayor: Tracy Brabin Labour & Cooperative
 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.

 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Fire Authority

West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
 West Yorkshire Fire Authority web pages.

Pre-election parliamentary constituency

Leeds North West
Elected MP: Alex Sobel Labour & Cooperative

Elected MP: Stuart Andrew Conservative

New parliamentary constituency

Leeds North West
In effect a new constituency retaining less than half the previous Leeds North West constituency and adding more than half of the Pudsey constituency among major boundary changes since the last General Election.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

West Yorkshire


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