Kirkstall Abbey



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The most complete 12th-century Cistercian Abbey in the country stands on the banks of the River Aire. Many of the original buildings can still be seen, including the cloister, church and refectory. During the summer the Abbey hosts plays, fairs and events. A visitor centre gives an insight into the history of the Abbey and a true sense of how the monks lived in the 15th century.

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Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Road,Kirkstall,LEEDS,LS5 3EH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Parking
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, park open dawn to dusk. Visitor centre and abbey open Apr-Sep, Tue-Sun 10-4.30 (last admission 4); Oct-Mar, Tues-Sun 10-4 (last admission 3). Open BHs

About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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