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Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

The majestic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey Image: Sarah Zagni
Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

Image: Sarah Zagni
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Abbey, free entry



Visitor Services

0113 230 5492


Abbey Road,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 27 - Sun 28 Sep Kirkstall Deli Market


Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian monasteries in the country. Constructed between 1152 and 1182, many of its buildings still survive virtually intact up to eaves level.

It is a particularly good example of early Cistercian architecture, illustrating the transition from the Norman to the Gothic styles. The abbey is situated in an attractive public park in Leeds and is just a short walk from Abbey House Museum situated across the road.

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Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Open all day, every day


Free entry

Free Admission



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Map reference: SE 260363  Lat: 53.82233 Long: -1.60651

By Car:
Kirkstall Abbey is located 3 miles from the city centre off the main A65 road, adjacent to Abbey House Museum.

By Public Transport:
The number 33 bus stops outside the abbey which can be caught at Leeds bus station.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Headingley station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired