Moving to…Leyland

We started our Moving to… blog series before the pandemic. We took a break but now we’re back! We take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions.

This month we’ll look at the friendly Lancashire town of Leyland!

Property market at a glance

Leyland boasts a great mix of urban properties such as terraced houses and new-build apartments and leafy suburbs with a community focus. However, the majority of properties available tend to be suburban semi-detached properties – perfect if you’re looking for a nice family home with lots of space. Semi-detached properties, in particular, come in all sorts of styles including Edwardian, 60s homes and the modern-design homes of the 90s and 00s. 

At the time of writing, the average property price in Leyland is £203,049. With detached properties selling for an average of £299,666, semi-detached properties for £170,105 and terraced properties for £136,305. 

Average property prices in Leyland have grown by 12% since the 2019 peak price of £180,688. It’s clear to see why – Leyland has homes available for people from all walks of life from bungalows and terraced housing for those looking to downsize to large homes in family-friendly areas. 

Some of the most popular areas to live in Leyland include Mayfield Road, Park Road, Beech Avenue and the surrounding areas of Worden Park. The general community is friendly and welcoming, making it a lovely place for families! If you want to be closer to the hustle and bustle of town life, then you might prefer the red brick charm of the houses in the town centre. Prime examples of this are Yewlands Drive and School Lane or the modern townhouses on Great Park Drive. 

Food and drink

When it comes to dining out, Leyland has a hidden treasure trove of restaurants, cafes and bars scattered throughout the town and suburbs. Hough Lane is a hub for food and drink (it’s also where our Leyland office is based!). It’s here you’ll find Antonello’s – an amazing Italian restaurant, as well as the gorgeous and super family-friendly cafe The Pantry. There’s also Med 3, a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant with an impressive array of tapas, Greek souvlaki dishes and paellas. Med 3 is one of the best restaurants for vegetarians – they have a big section on the menu dedicated to veggie dishes. 

There’s no shortage of classic pub food in Leyland. The Woodsman is a firm favourite with locals, serving everything from bar snacks to Sunday roasts. The Eagle and Child pub is another gem of Leyland, offering juicy burgers, steaks, nachos and more. 

If you fancy a short trip out into the countryside, you may like The Rose & Crown of Ulnes Walton. As well as delicious food, there is an impressive selection of drinks and a big beer garden in which to enjoy them! 

As well as all the usual favourites such as Domino’s Pizza, Subway and McDonalds, there are plenty of amazing local options when it comes to takeaways. Leyland Chop Suey House does a mean salt and pepper ‘Munchy box’ and, according to the locals, offers the best chow mein in Leyland! For something sweet, try Safia’s Dream Desserts. This is the place to go for doughnuts, churros, waffles, crepes, milkshakes and so much more. They also do savoury foods such as burgers, chicken and loaded fries. 

Education

Around 76% of schools, including independent or specialist schools, in Leyland have been rated as either “Outstanding” or “Good” by Ofsted. Some of the best primary schools in the area are Moss Side Primary, Lever House and St Catherine’s RC Primary School. One of the best schools for neurodivergent children and those living with disabilities include Roselyn House School.

Balshaw’s C of E High School is especially highly praised by the locals, with 54% of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths. This is 10% more than both local authority average and the national average. Academy@Worden’s latest Ofsted report has a ‘Good’ rating and is a “happy and welcoming school.” St Mary’s Catholic High School is very community-orientated, with pupils, according to Ofsted notes, “keen to give their time to good causes locally. For example, younger pupils told us how much they had enjoyed making tea and cakes for those people in the community who have dementia.”

Runshaw College is a fantastic choice for further education, offering a comprehensive programme. Students can choose from A-Levels, T-Levels and other vocational courses. It also offers apprenticeships for all manner of occupations such as accounting, HR, catering and retail. 

 

Culture and attractions

One of the most famous attractions in Leyland is the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. You’ll be able to board old trams, buses, vans and more. The museum was recently renovated, making it an even more magical day out for the whole family. South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, a former grammar school in the Tudor era, houses a fascinating collection from the history of the cotton, rubber and motor industries, as well as archaeological findings from around the area. Please note: The South Ribble Museum is currently closed as they have essential building works planned – but they will be opening again eventually!

The annual Leyland Festival is always a huge hit with the community, featuring local musicians, artisan market stalls and one of the most colourful parades in the North West! And don’t forget to tune into Radio Leyland for some incredible community radio shows such as Magic Moments and Alternative Frequencies, 

If you love a bit of history, then Samlesbury Hall could be right up your street. Built in 1325, the stately home is just a 15-minute drive away from Leyland town centre and has a fascinating history full of ghosts and witches. 

For those of you who want to channel your inner artist, Calmly Creative Craft Studio could be the perfect activity. Choose from pottery painting, foam clay and deco-patch and get stuck into your very own craft project to take home.

Worden Park is one of the most cherished attractions in Leyland. It’s essentially a country park in the middle of town. There’s plenty to see and do in Worden Park such as the Georgian Walled Garden, Hedge Maze, Formal Garden, 9-hole crazy golf, a miniature railway, an adventure playground and the Formal Gardens. 

Leyland Market is definitely worth a mention too – you’ll find all sorts of stalls including butchers, fishmongers, tailor, jewellers, dancewear, haberdashery, crafts, electrical and so much more. 

Transport links

Getting around Leyland is fairly easy, as many amenities are within walking or cycling distance. There are plenty of bus routes to and from places such as Chorley, Preston and Buckshaw Village. Trains run to Blackpool, Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport and Liverpool, to name but a few!

Leyland is close to the M6, which runs directly to Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Coventry in the south and Lancaster, Wigan and Carlisle to the north. It also connects to the M65 where you can get to Blackburn, Preston and Burnley. To the south, you can join the M56 and M62 to travel to Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. 

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