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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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  • visited kirkstall abbey and was amazed by the building remains which were built in 1152 ! the remains show building methods and architecture of the time .  more »
  • Set in a lovely park and riverside the Abbey is free to visit and has extensive outbuilding ruins to see as well as the Abbey itself. On the day we visited you couldn't get inside the Abbey, but you c...  more »
  • Having visited Bolton Abbey, was really surprised that this one was free. In terms of the ruins, this one is the more impressive; it's the grounds etc. at Bolton Abbey that impress more. A free car pa...  more »
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  • Fantastic place to have a walk around and relax. It's free to come view; entry to walk through the Abbey is open at certain times in the day - check schedule - whereas walking around the perimeter and grounds can be done at any time. The place is well looked after and preserved, lots of space to sit if you want to go with friends and maybe take a picnic or something. Close proximity to the river for a walk and shops also. Definitely worth a few hours here. Also check for events happening - they have markets and shows on regularly
  • The park around the abbey is better than the abbey itself these days. Used to be able to roam free through the entire thing, people climbed rocks etc. Now dogs have to be on a lead at all times, can only enter through the new gift shop instead of through the beautiful abbey itself. Soon enough they'll start charging. Real shame, was a lovely haven for my family but no longer :(
  • Love this place. The ruin is just breathtaking as well as the grounds. Don't forget to check out Abbey House museum while your there.
  • Great hangout for a sunny day. Free entry. unclean bathrooms. Closed cafe. But spectacular relic of a thousand year old abbey. The hall of mass is mottled with extinguished cigarette butts. Great river walk. Great public transit.
  • Great place to explore. Lovely play park. Busy on weekends and when the deli market is on