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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

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#1 of 27 in Historic Sites in Leeds
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Visit one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain at Kirkstall Abbey. Read information boards as you walk through the ruins of the abbey, founded in 1152. Enter the interactive visitor center to learn about the history of the abbey and the lives of the monks. Walk through the public parkland in which the abbey stands. If you're lucky you may catch an open-air concert or a Sunday craft and produce market. Using our world travel planner, Leeds attractions like Kirkstall Abbey can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The ruins look impressive from the road, but it is worth a visit to feel the might and imposing structure of the Abbey. Each "room" is well explained and one gets the feel of what it must have been...  more »
  • Impressive abbey ruins on a grey day....what more can you ask for? There s a museum too! Absolutely worth a couple of hours of your time....  more »
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  • Kirkstall Abbey is an excellent day out. The adjoining museum has a small charge, definitely worth it for the learning experience. The connected tearoom has delicious cakes! The abbey (and parking) are both free entry and it’s a great experience with lots to learn. I’d highly recommend taking the tour. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable - and deserve your support!
  • It's a beautifully kept area. Lovely and clean with a really accessible route around for wheelchairs/prams. Haven't been inside the tourist part just walked around the area but it's been done up a lot since I was young and think it'd be a great afternoon out nowadays! Fun for all the family, little cafe and museum over the road too, lovely part of Leeds.
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