Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Leeds

In this latest instalment of our series of Retirementmove City Guides, we’re looking at what it’s like to retire to the city of Leeds and we discover what’s on offer for older people in the city.

Where to go

Leeds is located in North Yorkshire and is one of the largest cities in the UK. There are many historic sites to explore in and around this fantastic city. These include Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Town Hall, Thackray Medical Museum, Abbey House Museum and Bramham Park in Wetherby just to name just a few.

If you want to take in some of the sites whilst shopping, don’t forget to see the Jubilee Clock in Oatley which is located in the market square. Or there’s the County Arcade which is located in the Victorian quarter. This beautiful Victorian shopping centre is well worth a visit as it has some fantastic designer shops and outstanding architecture.

Finally, there’s Leeds canal linking the city to Liverpool. So you can hop on board a boat to travel to your next destination. Or you can board a barge and take a leisurely cruise along the canal whilst enjoying some of the wonderful views.

How to get around Leeds
Leeds has a great transport network. Leeds railway station is one of the busiest in England. It’s also well connected by bus and road with the A1(M) motorway, M1 motorway and M62 motorways all within easy reach.

Top tip! Visit the Council’s website to apply for a senior, blind or disabled bus pass.

Getting around Leeds by bike has never been easier. The Council have recently launched an interactive cycling map with a function to zoom in to find cycle paths around the city. Visit the Council’s website for more information

Top tip! Download an interactive cycling map from the Council’s website so you can find the best cycle path for your journey in and around Leeds.

Clubs and associations for older people
Leeds Age UK offer services, support and a host of activities for older people. These include a creative writing group, computer classes and there’s also a weekly walking group.

There’s also The Royal Voluntary Service which offers a weekly lunch club. This takes place at St James Church Centre, Church Street, in Wetherby. For around the cost of a coffee and a muffin, elderly people can enjoy a nutritious hot meal.

If you’re looking to get out and about at a fraction of the cost, Leeds Council offer a ‘Leeds Card’ providing discount on many activities, facilities and attractions. Visit the Council’s website for more information.

Leeds Council’s website also provide information for older people on how to get active. The Council run an incentive called ‘active aging’ providing a wealth of information to older people about classes and activities in Leeds. To find your nearest active centre.

Facebook is a great way to find out what events are available for older people in the city. There are a few Facebook groups such as the ‘Leeds Older People’s Forum’ which works to promote the well-being of older people in Leeds.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities 
Leeds is lucky to have three fantastic hospital. For example there is Leeds General Infirmary and Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital. Finally, there’s St James’s University Hospital which has a specific ‘Centre for Older People’ providing specialist care for people aged 65-79. 

Where to Live in Leeds
Leeds is a great city to retire to and there are several wonderful retirement developments dotted around the city. For example there’s Tatterton Lodge built by Churchill Retirement Living which is located in Wetherby. This offers beautifully 1 & 2 bedroom retirement properties.
There’s also Devonshire Grange. Devonshire Grange is built by leading house builder McCarthy & Stone and is located in Roundhay and offers stunning 1 & 2 bedroom retirement properties.

There’s also Thackrah Court and Stanhope Court both built by McCarthy & Stone and located in Leeds offering 1 & 2 bedroom retirement properties. View all retirement properties for sale in Leeds and the surrounding area. 

Retirement Properties for sale in Leeds


Tatterton Lodge, Leeds

Do you still like the idea of retiring to a city, but decided that retiring to Leeds is not for you? Why not read another article in the series, including Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Birmingham, SheffieldManchesterLondonNewcastle-Upon-Tyne, or Bristol to find your perfect city to retire to.            

Top Tips for Beautiful Balcony Gardening

Balcony gardening

Spring’s nearly upon us and there are many things to do to get your balcony or patio garden ready for the coming season.

Many retirement apartments have beautiful balconies that open up from either the lounge or the dining area. If you’re a keen gardener this is great news! Retirement developments such as Kings Place in Fleet have great sized balconies so if you are downsizing there is lots of room to keep stone ornaments.

Although balconies are usually smaller than most gardens, this can be a blessing as the maintenance is lower than tending to a full-sized garden.

If you’re clever with space, a multitude of plants and flowers can be squeezed into the balcony using clever storage solutions. These can maximise the space available. By using a mixture of shelves, pots, window boxes or an aged wooden ladder, you really can optimise the limited amount of space available.

Here are some top tips to get your balcony looking great this season:

How do I create space?

Pots – use a variety of tall but slim pots to create height but do not take up too much floor space. The additional benefit is they can be moved around to find the best position for the plant. This may be shade or direct sun.

Ladders or wooden pallets – old or refurbished wooden ladders look great with a few pots on each rung of the ladder. Try using a refurbished wooden palate to grow a variety of flowers and herbs.

If the balcony is south facing and gets a lot of sun, use stones or woodchip to prevent moisture escaping from the compost during the summer months. This not only saves water but also saves time watering the plants.

How do I develop a theme?

It’s easy to develop a theme for a balcony. This may be done by using a particular colour or by starting with something that inspires or interests you. This could be Chinese gardens or woodlands etc. Decorations and or ornaments such as sculptures can then complement the chosen theme.

What to plant?

There are a variety of plants available that grow well on balconies. It’s nice to have a bit of colour all year round. This can be achieved by choosing bulbs to flower in early spring. Or select small fruit trees to blossom slightly later in the season. Or choose small evergreen shrubs to provide a variety of colour throughout the autumn and winter.

In many retirement developments, balconies are located near to the kitchen, so it’s nice to have a balcony that provides a nice snack! Herbs such as mint, chives, parsley, coriander and rosemary usually grow well in pots on a balcony. This is due to the good position and they can be protected from the wind. In addition, vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes are probably the easiest to grow. However, courgettes and runner beans are also good. These may require slightly more preparation with support sticks when sowing.