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Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Leeds

Published: 07 March 2019

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.