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Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
+44 113 378 4079
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Fascinating historical site

We took a bus from Leeds central to Kirkstall Abbey. Service 33 or 33a will get you there. We were... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Brisbane, Australia
One of the BEST sights in Leeds

A lovely relaxed place with a beautiful abbey and river. It's great for walks and picnics or just... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
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Uncover the history of one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian abbeys in Britain. With its beautiful and iconic ruins, award-winning Park and interactive visitor centre Kirkstall Abbey is a place that visitors of all ages can enjoy. The ruins are a unique example of early Christian architecture. From the majesty of the church to the peace of the cloisters enjoy exploring this iconic Leeds landmark. The story of the abbey and its community is explored in the Visitor Centre. Founded over 800 years ago in 1152 discover more about what life was like for the Cistercian monks who lived here for nearly 400 years. Enjoy the abbey's parkland setting next to the River Aire. Take a walk along the river or enjoy a picnic in our spacious grounds. There is also a small playground near to the car park for the little ones to enjoy. The ruins of the abbey provide a breath-taking background to your wedding photography, blessings, vow renewals and baby naming ceremonies.
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Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
+44 113 378 4079
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We took a bus from Leeds central to Kirkstall Abbey. Service 33 or 33a will get you there. We were dismayed at first to find locked gates and a sign saying the place was closed on Fridays. Another party from Singapore were also trying to...More

Thank Zela54
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A lovely relaxed place with a beautiful abbey and river. It's great for walks and picnics or just some alone time to ponder. Also a must visit if you fancy some nice clicks! They do events around the year. The kirkstall festival is certainly something...More

2  Thank J V
Reviewed 19 November 2017

A lovely place to play relax and have a great time. Many stunning events held throughout the year. Green spaces for picnics and play, all against the majestic Abbey.

Thank crab136
Reviewed 17 November 2017

A lovely little place to walk around and take photos with spare grass space which gets very busy in summer and a little shop with toilets.

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 17 November 2017

My wife, eight year old son and I visited here in October 2017. We were in Leeds for the weekend visiting friends. When we had time to ourselves, we took a run out to the abbey. I thought it was magnificent. Well maintained; lots of...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The Abbey is on our doorstep and we do not visit often enough, set in open parkland next to the river Aire, this historic landmark of a Monastery which was founded in 1152 is well preserved for its age, the grounds are often used for...More

Thank Billy G
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The place is beautiful, we decided to go one Sunday after lunch, it was clear and bright although a little brisk, the atmosphere is very claiming and the view inside stunning you can imagine how beautiful it must have in all its glory. Well worth...More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 7 November 2017

on of the great historic landmark in Leeds, don't miss out on any occasions offered on this sight. which they offer normally. take as many pictures as you can. have a great site seeing.

Thank Mohammed B
Elaine F, General Manager at Kirkstall Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review Mohammed! We hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Kirkstall Abbey, is ruins of a medieval, Cistercian monastery that was founded in 1152. We spend a lot of time during summer attending the festivals. We love this place for walk and running.

1  Thank JackSmithKS
Reviewed 1 November 2017

If you are in Leeds when this happens there's lots of lovely food on offer. Nice café for coffee. Didn't have time to visit museum this visit. Shop/museum toilets are a history lesson and worth a visit!

1  Thank davndee
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Brenda C
9 November 2016|
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Response from Elaine F | Property representative |
Hi Brenda There's free parking just opposite the abbey on Abbey Walk. If you are using a sat nav the postcode is LS5 3EH. Enjoy the event! Best wishes Elaine
Peter e
21 October 2015|
Response from nhwatch | Reviewed this property |
The grounds to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds are open all year round
10 July 2015|
Response from Jade Rose M |
You can take a bus from Leeds train station straight to the Abbey, it is the same bus that would eventually take you to the airport if you were to stay on it. It should be bus #757 It will drop you off right in front of the... More