Living in Menston

The picturesque village of Menston has a population of around 4,500 residents comprising young families, professionals and retirees. It’s got excellent facilities and is close to major transportation routes and apart from this, the green space of the area is attractive and pleasing to all those who live there. For those planning on moving to Menston, it’s worth considering the cost of living there.

That’s why one of the most frequently asked questions we get is: is Menston expensive? It can be said that prices are within the average range for the region, making it an even more attractive place and giving you one more good reason to consider living in Menston. And for those who need a helping hand with such a move, it’s time to get in touch with our highly experienced and knowledgeable estate and letting agents in Menston, depending if you want to buy or rent, to help you secure your perfect living space as you transition from city life to a more rural and laid back vibe.

Is Menston safe to live in?

On average, there were around 19 low-level crimes in Menston per month between the period August 2022 and December 2022, and as such the question – is Menston safe to live in – is answered in the affirmative. Menston is considered a safe area. As for more recent figures, looking at June 2023, we see that the previously mentioned number of 19 has slightly hiked up to 33, featuring incidents such as theft, public order, shoplifting and vehicle crime, with violence and sexual offences topping the list. The overall crime rate is lower than the average across West Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, when it comes to what people live in Menston, we consider education levels and employment rates to determine what type of residents make up the majority of the village’s population. Recent figures show that only 13% of the people living there have no qualifications, while 39% of people aged 16 to 74 are in full-time employment. It can therefore be concluded that Menston is a working-class area.

Opening times

Worth knowing when you move to the village are some of Menston’s opening times for important facilities. Among these are the library and the post office. Menston Library’s opening times are as follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 –13:00; 14:00 – 17:00
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 –13:00; 14:00 – 17:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 –13:00; 14:00 – 17:00
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00
  • Sunday: Closed

As for the Menston post office opening times, you can frequent this facility during the following hours:

  • Monday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Tuesday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Thursday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Friday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday: 08:00 – 14:00

The city centre’s postcode is LS29, although there are numerous other postal code divisions for the area, depending on which neighbourhood you are situated in.

Things to do in Menston

There are several things to do in Menston for fun, pleasure and enjoyment. Among these, you may be wondering what are the top attractions to visit, you may also be curious about what the best outdoor activities in Menston are. Below is a list of some of the top sights and attractions you can enjoy there:

  • Mountain peak – The Chevin
  • Park and garden – Chevin Forest Park
  • Park and garden – Parkinson Park
  • Historical landmark: Arthingtong Viaduct

With all of these landmarks, parks and even a mountain peak, these are some of the best activities to take young children on here. That’s why if you want to know what are the most popular things to do in Menston with kids, these landmarks and natural wonders top our list, making it a suitable area for families.

What is the village famous for?

Wondering what is Menston famous for? It has some truly notable residents, among who include the following:

  • Paul Jewell, who is a retired footballer and the former manager of Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and most recently Ipswich Town.
  • Dean Windass, the former Bradford City and Hull City footballer, also lives in the village.
  • Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines and Simon Rix who are members of the rock band the Kaiser Chiefs met while attending St. Mary’s Roman Catholic High School in Menston.
  • Eric Knight was born in Menston and he was the author who created the fictional collie, Lassie.


The climate in Menston is comparable to the rest of the neighbouring region, getting temperatures as low as 6° C in January and climbing up to around 20° C in July.

During the winter months, we see temperatures going as high as 9° C in November, although they do plummet to 6° C in January. The period from November to January gets around 14 days of rain on average.

When spring rolls around, we see highs of around 12° C in April with around nine days of rain, while May and June see improved highs of around 15° C and 18° C, respectively.

In the summer months of June to August, the maximum temperatures you can expect hover between 18° C and 20° C, with approximately nine days of rain per month.

As for autumn, temperatures start cooling down with 16° C for September, 13° C for October and 9 ° C for November.

Types of properties in Menston

There are a broad range of properties in Menston that you can choose from, among which include flats and cottages to terraced, semi-detached and detached houses.

Menston house prices

Depending on the type of property you’d like to purchase in the village, Menston’s house prices will differ based on important characteristics and property features. However, on average, you can expect to pay an overall average price of £378,170.00. The average price for detached properties is in the region of £612,981.00, while semi-detached properties go for an average of £344,639.00 and flats for £188,478.00.

Menston rent prices

Similar to the sale of property, Menston rent prices will differ, depending on what you are after. For example, an unfurnished two-bedroom flat will set you back £580 per month, while a six-bedroom detached property can go up as high as £2,600 per calendar month.

Schools and amenities

As for Menston schools and amenities, you can have your pick between St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy (“Outstanding”), Ilkley Grammar (“Oustanding”) and Menston Primary School (“Good”). Other independent schools nearby include Moorfield School and Ghyll Royd School.

The Wharfedale General Hospital is the nearest health care facility, while the police station serving the area is the West Yorkshire Police. Regarding kindergartens, you can have your pick from several options, including Menston Pre-school and Cherrytree Children’s Day Nursery.

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