Kirkstall Abbey

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, Heritage site, Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Visitor Centre Opening Times:
Summer: Tues - Sun 10am - 4.30pm. (Last admission 4.00pm)
Winter: Tues- Sun, 11am - 4.00pm. (Last admission 3.30pm)
Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Religion

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image of Kirkstall abbey markets

Kirkstall abbey markets

  • 29 — 30 October 2016 12-3pm
  • 26 — 27 November 2016 12-3pm

Come along to Kirkstall Abbey where you can try and buy some of the best produce Yorkshire has to offer.
All our products are locally sourced and are produced and supplied by award winning people with a passion for food.
Along with a great mix of award winning food stalls you will also find Jewellery, fashion, crafts, artwork, household items & vintage goods plus much more. With over 80 stalls each month there is always something for everyone.
Then why not sit and enjoy your food in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of one of Britain's best preserved abbeys.
There is also a children's play area and crafts each day in the Visitor centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Walk
Kirkstall Road
West Yorkshire

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0113 3784079

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