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Visitor Centre, free entry


Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey


Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre houses exhibitions telling the story of the abbey from its construction in the 12th century through displays and audio-visual presentations to offer a first-hand experience of every aspect of the lives of the monks who lived there.

The centre is built on the site of the Reredorter, the name given to the toilets used by the laybrothers who carried out agricultural and manual tasks at the abbey, and was built as part of the abbey's £5.5million makeover.

Opening Times: Tues - Thurs & Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

Closed Monday's (except Bank Holidays)
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00hrs (last admission 15:30hrs)


Free entry

Free Admission



Abbey Road,



See location of Kirkstall Abbey on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 259363  Lat: 53.82237 Long: -1.60710

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 & Kirkstall Forge station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired