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Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
+44 113 378 4079
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Beautiful setting

A walk around here is a must for people visiting Leeds. Interesting history and beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
theduke12th
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Atmospheric ruin.

Decided to call as we left Leeds and was surprised at the size of the Abbey. It's free to wander... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
118Christine
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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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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“across the road” (85 reviews)
“deli market” (11 reviews)
“beautiful ruins” (11 reviews)
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Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A walk around here is a must for people visiting Leeds. Interesting history and beautiful surroundings. Suitable for all ages. Great way to spend an hour or two

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Decided to call as we left Leeds and was surprised at the size of the Abbey. It's free to wander round and there are a few information boards dotted around. It was a pretty grim day when we visited so we didn't hang around but...More

1  Thank 118Christine
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

I ventured here with my girlfriend as we live quite close to it and when I told her I'd never been she dragged me out the house. Unfortunately we went at a time that you couldn't go inside (the gates locked) but that was on...More

Thank Gary David S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We went with another family to this place for a lovely summer picnic. I'd love to make this a yearly tradition.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Well-maintained abbey ruins (with small visitor centre - but check when open), easily accessible by public transport (buses along Kirkstall Road, or train to Headingley station). Entrance is free. Picturesque riverside setting, particularly attractive in Spring, first for the daffodils and then the cherry blossom....More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This is a must for anybody interested in history or just a pleasant afternoon walk by the river. The stonemasons skills are there for all to see. A brisk walk over the road takes you to the Abbey museum which recreates a bygone world. Ideal...More

Thank steve a
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Stunning building to take photos of surrounded by scenic country park like scenery and the river aire flowing alongside. Great for picnics, good option for a cheap day out.

Thank Josh C
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

I visited yesterday the 20th December and had travelled to Leeds specially to see the abbey as its one of the best in the area and one I haven't seen as well as free to visit so what's not to like?. yes the abbey was...More

1  Thank michaelinman11
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Easilly accesible and worth your time.Atmopshere was so peacefull.Lots to see from history and learn if having proper tools ! Has nice gift shop also

Thank Marissa M
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

I had initially planned to spend an hour over here but ended up spending 3 instead. I love old buildings and ruins and this place just had me at first sight. I felt like spending a day in Leeds in worth it if you visit...More

Thank Anweshachatterjee
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Elaine F, General Manager at Kirkstall Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review! We're so pleased you loved your visit and hope we can welcome you back soon :)

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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
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Peter e
21 October 2015|
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Response from nhwatch | Reviewed this property |
The grounds to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds are open all year round
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travellincanuck2015
10 July 2015|
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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
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