Abbey House Museum

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Abbey House Museum is a fun, family friendly, award winning museum. Explore our recreated Victorian streets and step back in time to 1880s Leeds. Wander between the pub and the Sunday school, the grocers to the chemist and take a closer look at the shops and homes of the Victorians. Stroll upstairs to our Childhood Galleries and discover our wonderful collection of toys through time from Victorian dolls houses to a 1976 Dalek. Our special exhibitions gallery and youth and community display space showcase an exciting programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year. Don't forget to visit the Gate House Café for morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea and the shop for souvenirs and gifts inspired by our collections.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 12 noon - 5pm

Last admission 4.30pm

Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

£4.50 adults, £3.70 concessions, £2.30 accompanied children. Family ticket £9.50 for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

Local transport information:

Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge, c.1 mile away, and Headingley, a 1 mile walk. Contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676.

By car: If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS5 3EH.

Parking: A large free car park is situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled parking.

There is an additional disabled access parking space immediately outside the museum entrance.

Additional info

Access:

For information on access at this venue, please visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/abbeyhouse/Access-at-Abbey-House-Museum.aspx

Please see our event details for regular activities for families, children and adults. You can also find details of our half term activites, exhibitions and education workshops for schools.

The museum is also available for children's birthday parties. Please call for prices and availability.

Open to the public is our Gatehouse Cafe (no museum admission necessary) serving drinks, hot and cold meals and snacks.

The museum holds large and important social history collections. This includes an archive relating to the Suffragette campaigns of Mrs Leonora Cohen (b.1873) who was one of the first women in Leeds to start campaigning for votes for women.

Leeds Museums have been collecting toys, dolls and games since at least the 1920s and now hold one of the major collections in the country. Abbey House Museum displays many acquistions from this collection along with Armley Mills Industrial Museum.

Abbey House Museum also houses a collection of period costume.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A wooden replica of a gold carriage, like Cinderella's

Fairy Tales & Fantasy

  • 21 January — 31 December 2017 *on now

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a beautiful museum where children and adults alike could get lost in the wonder of fairy tales.

The Abbey House Museum draws on its fabulous collection of children's books and illustrations to bring you this showcase of some of the best known fairy tales. You'll have the opportunity to go face to face with a big bad wolf, take a look at a miniature version of Cinderella's carriage and see an oil lamp that just might hold a genie!

Learn all about the history of fantasy writing and understand where some of your best loved characters came from at this exciting exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Primary School Workshops

Classes will be split into 2 groups for each workshop, each group spending 45 minutes in the workshop and 45 minutes exploring the museum's galleries with their responsible adult. The following workshops are led by a member of the museum's freelance education staff and provide the opportunity to handle and explore objects from the museum's collections: Toys and Games £45 per class, Houses and Homes £45 per class, Shops and Shopping £45 per class, Going to the Seaside with craft activity £50 per class, Victorian Christmas with craft activity £50, Meet the Victorians FREE.

The Monkey Club

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A drop-in morning for children aged 0-5 years and their carers. Enjoy craft activities, games and make friends together at Abbey House Museum. 10.15-12.00, normal admission applies (children are free) with no extra charge.
Dates for 2009 are as follows: 24th February, 25th March, 22nd April, 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 12th August, 16th September, 14th October, 11th November, 9th December. No booking necessary. Call for more details.

How to obtain

The Monkey Club activities are free - just drop in.

Getting there

Local transport information:

Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge, c.1 mile away, and Headingley, a 1 mile walk. Contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676.

By car: If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS5 3EH.

Parking: A large free car park is situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled parking.

There is an additional disabled access parking space immediately outside the museum entrance.

Abbey House Museum
Abbey Walk
Abbey Rd
Kirkstall
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS5 3EH
England

Website

www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyhouse

E-mail

abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone

0113 378 4079

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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