Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Kirkstall Abbey Illustration by Jake Attree
Abbey Road Kirkstall Leeds LS5 3EH

Opening Times:

For schools: Summer: (1 April - 30 Sept) 10am - 4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays


Winter: (1 October - 31 March) 10am - 3pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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Kirkstall Abbey is one of the finest examples of an early Cistercian abbey in the country. Over 800 years old, it underwent many changes during the late Middle Ages but after the dissolution of the Monasteries it was never refounded. In the late 1700s it became celebrated by Romantic artists. During the Industrial Revolution a Leeds industrialist, Colonel North, bought it and saved it from being developed. He later presented it to the City of Leeds and its setting became a public park. The medieval reredorter has been reconstructed (lay brothers' toilet complex) which houses the new visitor centre. Educational facilities are also available.

Contact Details:
Tel: 0113 230 5492 0113 230 5492  

Learning Programmes:
For further details please visit the main Leeds Museums & Galleries website link above


History, Art and Design, Leisure and Tourism, Science, Mathematics, Numeracy and Literacy.

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