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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

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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. A visit to Kirkstall Abbey represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Leeds trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Coming from Leeds and living local to the abbey in the past, I have visited the abbey many many times. Take a walk around the abbey, visit the museum and enjoy a spot of lunch there too. Enjoy 
  • Lovely place to walk round, with parking close by. The abbey is impressive and we loved the museum afterwards (which had lots to look at and was very interesting). We will be back to try the walk down...  more »
  • Visited in December for the Leeds Hidden Market hosted by sneaky Experience. What a great location. Despite it being a little damp under foot it was a pleasant walk round. At that time it was bustling...  more »
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  • Pretty cool place. Though it's a ruin it's easy to get a taste for the scale of this place. Its free to visit and even had a market on the Sunday that I visited. Quite accessible too from the city centre if you fancy a picturesque walk along the canal towpath (slightly over 1 hr) or simply want to catch the bus (around 20mins).
  • Great place for a gentle walk and explore an ancient building. There are also some amazing events. Check out the Leeds City council website for details.
  • It's a place to have a walk and discover some history of this place. There are some ruins surrounded of grass and some tennis courts. Families usually go to spend the day playing and having a picnic. Very recommended place.
  • Nice place to visit lots of history you can sit in the grounds have a picnic play games with your kids good place
  • Just love our local abbey, there is a visitor centre full of information about the abbey itself and what it meant to the surrounding area and the population. The museum is a must and a couple of hours simply flew by. Then the abbey itself, so atmospheric, stand and look around, allow your imagination to run free, time travel back through hundreds of years and feel this special place come to life around you.