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. Using our world travel planner, Leeds attractions like Kirkstall Abbey can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Still charming despite noise from road and very cold weather. Brought back memories of living in Leeds as a student and later living near Abbey across road on Vesper Lane.  more »
  • More than 900-Year-old monastery, roof collapse left some ruins, nothing particularly attractive, but occasionally to feel the taste of history, but also a good place to go.
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  • How good can some old ruins be? In this case, very good! Free too. 15 min bus ride out of town (on the 33) and there it is. Extensive ruins, interesting history all clearly explained on the info board...  more »
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  • Amazing! a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon, plus it is free. So much to look at and lots of detailed information to read. My dad loved it and still talks about it regularly. A great place to visit for families of all ages. I would definitely recommend and visit again.
  • Perfect for a day out that the whole family can enjoy. Plus it's free so no excuse for a cultural day out on the weekend or during school holidays. Four times a year they hold a market that has stalls selling local produce and street food. Tasty and reasonably priced. A pop up bar was also available. Free twice daily tours. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, usually 11.30 am and 2 pm. Good for adults to walk around the Abbey and adjacent ruins, there are plenty of plaques explaining the different areas and usage of the Abbey and ruins. Children free to run around and play amongst the ruins. Gift shop on site. Child play area and clean toilets. If you just want to enjoy the scenery and setting take a picnic and sit in the park area surrounding the Abbey and chill by the river Aire that runs along side the Abbey grounds.
  • 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
  • Love love love Kirkstall abbey. They have festivals events and more. Great to take photography in all weather. Peaceful lots of fun things to do for kids during holidays and so much history for a perfect day out. Museum over road and easy to access with park
  • Beautiful ruins with fairly good explanations on the usage of the structure. Also in a very nice park, perfect for picnics on summer. There was also a very cute family event on Sunday, and the space was properly used for it.

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