Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Walk
Kirkstall Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS5 3EH
England

Website

www.leeds.gov.uk/kirkstallabbey

E-mail

abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone

0113 230 5492

Fax

0113 247 8397

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The ruins of a medieval abbey in sunshine
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One of the best preserved abbeys 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

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Religion

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Muddy Monkeys

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Little Snowflakes

  • 17 February 2015 10-11am

Our usual Tuesday under 5's session gets a wintery makeover. Be prepared we like to get messy with glue, glitter and sparkles.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Munch in March storytime

  • 5 — 26 March 2015

Active stories for under 5's with inspiration from food. Storytime will end with a snack linked to the story.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The 1152 club

  • 20 March 2015 10-11:30am

A new friendly club open to everyone. Come and join us for a varied range of talks and activities shaped by our members. Sessions run fortnightly. Contact Partick Bourne for more details on 0113 2305492 or email patrick.bourne@leeds.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market

  • 28 March 2015 12-3pm

Join us on the last Saturday of the month for our deli market in the picturesque 12th century ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. We aim to give visitors an opportunity to buy good quality food, and local goods, from local and Northern producers and suppliers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Kirkstall Abbey Crafts & Collectables Market

  • 29 March 2015 10am-3pm

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon browsing hand made crafts, collectables and vintage treasures from across Yorkshire.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Bunny scarecrow trail

  • 3 April 2015 10am-3pm

Join us for a fun scarecrow trail around the abbey looking for famous bunny rabbits. You may spot Peter, Roger or even the Easter Bunny.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Mini Eggs

  • 7 April 2015 10-11am

Our popular Tuesday under 5's session gets an eggy make over for Easter. Bring your own mini egg but be prepared we like to get messy!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

How does your garden grow

  • 9 April 2015 2-3pm

Take inspiration from the nursery rhyme and make Mary's garden to take home. We will be planting marigolds and making clay shells and bells and pretty maid scarecrows.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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