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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
(4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Easy to spend an hour mooching around these wonderful ruins and the visitor centre. And on the last Saturday every month they have a wonderful farmers market here, great setting 
  • Whether it's history, beautiful photography, space for the kids and pets to run or just a nice walk along the canal, Kirkstall Abbey has everything, regardless of the season. 
  • I love it for exploring and cool events, for walking my dog, for seeing the seasons change, for watching wildlife (heron, weasels)!! It's wonderful to live next door to this amazing piece of history :...  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.