Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Walk
Kirkstall Road
West Yorkshire




0113 230 5492


0113 247 8397

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One of the best preserved abbey's in Britain, Kirkstall Abbey is a spectacular and picturesque ruin.

Founded in the 12th centruy by Cistertain monks, it was closed down in 1539 by Henry VIII. This fascinating archeological site has been sought after as the subject matter for famous paintings by JMW Turner and Thomas Girton.

Kirkstall Abbey is has recently undergone a 3.5 million restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. This has included the opening of a brand new visitor centre.

Venue Type:

Museum, Sacred space

Opening hours

Visitor Centre Opening Times:
Summer: Tues - Sun 11am - 4pm.
Winter: Tues- Sun, 11am - 3pm (except Mon & Fri)
Free Tours are available by appointment every Thursday. To book contact 0113 230 5492.

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Religion

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Mini Marigolds

  • 27 May 2014 10-11am

Our weekly under 5's session celebrates the Turn Yorkshire Yellow campaign with a morning of crafts and planting. Remember we like to get messy!

Suitable for

  • 0-4