Kirkstall Abbey

A little bit of the 12th Century still standing in Leeds



Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall. Now a public park on the north bank of the River Aire, its foundations have survived since its inception c.1152. Disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, it exists today as both a wonderful place to visit, and a unique, breathtaking space for special events.

For one super weekend every month between March and November, you can join outgoing community members as the Kirkstall Outdoor Markets pitch their shopfronts in the shadow of the picturesque 12th Century ruins. With over 40 unique stalls each day, your Saturday and Sunday afternoon just got a whole lot better, as you can browse hand-made crafts and local produce from across Yorkshire in a glorious setting whilst supporting your local businesses.

Great for families with children, and for educational school trips, kids and adults alike can enjoy the historical information in the visitor centre, or the expansive, seemingly evergreen grounds. Approximately 24 hectares in area, there’s plenty to sink those inquisitive teeth of yours into.

Remember, there is free parking at Abbey House Museum, and free entry to the Abbey Visitor Centre with toilets and baby change facilities.

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