Where to live in Wetherby?
Located at the heart of the Golden Triangle of Leeds, York and Harrogate, sits the enchanting town of Wetherby. Situated along the River Wharfe, the market town and civil parish stands as the mid-point between London and Edinburgh. The village offers an array of housing options that range from waterside penthouses and maisonettes to small terraces and semi-detached houses. With stunning scenery, a rich history and modern amenities it is the perfect place to live, work and play.
THINGS TO DO
There is a cornucopia of sights, sounds and activities to explore in Wetherby. The Wetherby Bridge, an iconic emblem of the village, is an amalgamation of three bridges. Originally built in 1233 AD, it is the town’s only ancient monument. Among the historic sites an attractions that are a must-visit, are the Georgian Bath House, the Cinema, the War Memorial and the Garden of Rest. Ever year, the town hosts the Wetherby Arts Festival which is always a fun family affair. There are various leisure clubs and activities such as musical theatre, camera, flower and speakers clubs. There are also numerous sporting clubs, including bowling, tennis, rugby, cricket, running and football, in addition to an 18-hole golf course that features a racecourse.
EATING & DRINKING
Wetherby offers a variety of top-rated restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars that offer a diverse range of cuisines and atmospheres. Mango is a popular Indian restaurant that serves spectacular vegetarian dishes. The Fox and Hounds is a go-to among local residents and is known for its fuss-free and delicious English fare. For a more upscale dining experience, Sir Dukes Wetherby comes highly recommended. Meanwhile, Promfret’s of Wetherby serves delectable pastries and the Wetherby Whaler always has superb fish and chips.
The bustling town offers a plethora of shops, amenities and services. It is home to a large shopping precinct known as the Horsefair Centre. The centre features Boots, Superdrug, Argos, The Co-Op and Holland & Barrett, among many others. Other markets include Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer. There is also a farmer’s market held once a month that features a variety of produce and specialty products. Wetherby’s Thursday market is a time-honoured tradition that dates back to 1240 when the Knights Templar were granted the right to hold a weekly market by the Royal Charter.
There are five primary schools and one secondary school that serve students in Wetherby. There is also a local college.
- Crossley Street Primary School
- Deighton Gates Primary School
- St. Josephs Primary School and St. James Church of England Primary School
- Brudenell Primary School
- Boston Spa School
- Leeds City College
The success of Wetherby has long been built on its prominent location. It sits 198 miles equidistance from London and Edinburgh and is also a stopover between London and Glasgow as well as between Hull and Liverpool. It is 20 minutes out from Leeds city centre and about 30 minutes from Leeds Bradford Airport. Buses from the Market Place leave regularly and connect Wetherby to Leeds and the neighbouring suburbs.
Much of Wetherby’s history is told through its architecture, long-held market traditions and presence of inns and pubs. As a prime location along the River Wharfe, Wetherby, or “Wedrebi” as mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, has long been a prominent staging post for travellers along the A1 Great North Road. While times have changed, the vibrant market town holds true to its roots and entices with its beauty and warm community members.
DID YOU KNOW?
When Wetherby was in its prime as a staging post during the coaching era, there were approximately 40 inns and alehouses.