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Shadwell Area Guide

Shadwell is a small village, and suburb of Leeds, located just five miles north-east of the city center. It is very well connected to other parts of Leeds while still having a distinctly rural feel.

There are a good selection of bars, restaurants and pubs to enjoy, some in the village itself and some close by in the Slaid Hill area.

Shadwell has a few shops, with many more in the adjoining villages which are easy to get to. There is a village post office which also doubles as a small shop for essential items.

With easy access to public footpaths to Thorner, Harewood, Roundhay Park, Shadwell Cricket Club, The Milk Churn Gelato at Goodall’s Dairy. There’s plenty of ways to spend a wholesome Sunday afternoon.

Food and drink

The food scene in Shadwell is all about home comforts and quality food, with cosy pubs and famous fish and chip shops. 

The Red Lion

The Red Lion is a very popular local pub perfect for families. All the food is homemade by the talented chefs, offering traditional pub food. They are well known for serving great cask ales and hosting monthly live music events with talented artists from Leeds. 

Shadwell Tandoori

Shadwell Tandoori is a much-loved family run business bringing the finest Bangladeshi food with authentic spices to Leeds. 

The Dexter

The Dexter is a lovely little pub, serving up great quality pub food in a warm and cosy environment. With a large beer garden and lots of great beers, it’s a great spot for the summer months. 

The Shadwell Village Fish Shop

This local favourite is some of the best battered fish you can find in Leeds. The family run business is open Monday - Saturday for lunch and tea.

The Hardback Cafe

On Tuesdays and Fridays you can find this community cafe in Shadwell Library. The Hardback Cafe offers delightful lunches priced for everyone's purse.

Parks, Activities and Community Groups

Shadwell Walks

Shadwell has some beautiful walks with footpaths to Thorner, Bardsey, Wike, Roundhay and Moortown. Walks are organised by the local group Shadwell Shows, they post about them in the Shadwell Community Facebook Group. 


Shadwell Village Playground

A lovely childrens playing park in the heart of Shadwell, perfect for the kids.


Shadwell Tennis Club

A friendly tennis club located in the centre of Shadwell Village, with a wide range of junior and adult coaching classes available.


Shadwell Studio

A boutique experience focusing on holistic wellbeing to offer a range of classes, workshops, treatments and one to one sessions.


Shadwell in Bloom

This is an active group of volunteers working hard to keep Shadwell Village looking attractive. 


Shadwell News

This is a monthly magazine giving details and reports on all current events. It illustrates the thriving nature of the Shadwell community. 



Post Office

The local Post Office doubles as a shop for all the essentials.



The library is a community hub offering talks, social activities, information and a great stock of books. On Tuesdays and Fridays a community cafe, The Hardback Cafe, offers delightful lunches priced for everyone's purse.


Village Hall

The lovely village hall can be booked out for private events and parties. 


Village bus 

Bringing great connections to other areas, the village bus goes every 30 minutes to Leeds City Centre. 


Transport links

Shadwell is quite remote, but has great connections to the rest of Leeds by drive or bus. The 7S goes to Leeds via Wigton Moor and Moortown every 20 minutes during peak times on weekdays and Saturdays.

Cross Gates is the nearest major station; it is just over three miles away and accessible via the ring road. Trains to Leeds take around nine minutes, with around four to five per hour. There's easy access to East Leeds Orbital, M62, M1, A1M with only a short drive to Leeds, Harrogate or York.