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The Kristall Abbey is one of the must-visit sights in Leeds as it offers a wonderful insight into... read more

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Srivats L
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

With a river at one side and busy dual carriageway on the other it is amazing the ruins are still... read more

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Uncover the history of one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian abbeys in Britain. With its beautiful and iconic ruins, award-winning Park and interactive visitor centre Kirkstall Abbey is a place that visitors of all ages can enjoy. The ruins...more
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Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
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Reviewed yesterday

The Kristall Abbey is one of the must-visit sights in Leeds as it offers a wonderful insight into life in simpler times. It is well maintained, and with great signposts, the Abbey offers one a very good history lesson.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Srivats L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With a river at one side and busy dual carriageway on the other it is amazing the ruins are still here. Once a very important Abbey in the Medieval times run by Catholic monks. During the time of Henry 8th destroyed but even after that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit! Lovely to walk up the canal from Leeds. Very pretty in spring/summer. Very interesting models and the ruins are amazing to visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pedrofubar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kirkstall abbey is very easy to get from Leeds bus station the buses are very frequent and some stop right outside the Abbey. A visit to the abbey is a must if you like historic buildings,and it is free,it is quite a large site so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank keith m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been visiting since childhood (now in my 70's), most recently a few days ago in glorious autumn sunshine. Historical buildings with lots of interest and atmosphere. Sadly, on this occasion it seemed rather neglected with plastic bags of gravel left in the courtyard, cardboard boxes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YorksGuest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked here from headingley for a winter walk and a picnic. We ate it by the river. The park is beautiful and the abbey was breathtaking. The farmers market was on too when we visited and it was great! Local produce, cake, art, wood...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank agps47
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Holds a special place in the hearts of leeds folk and it shows . Parking and enterance is totally free , on a really busy day the car park might struggle though. Funded by the council and money from the tearoom and shop ,with various...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter e
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Lived nearby most of my life and still visit regularly. You can do a quick walk through, or a leisurely amble. You can even do some jogging circuits. Parking opposite means access is easy. Some of the events they now hold there like the choral...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

If you live in Leeds, this place must be wonderful to visit. There's a great deal of the abbey still standing and it's set in lovely parkland with free parking just over a busy road. There is indeed a visitor centre but we didn't go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank chilledone
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Conveniently located next to a park so ideal for kids. Gardens by the museum are well kept and very photogenic. The museum shop is nice and has clean toilets!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Matthew S
27 March 2018|
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Response from Anweshachatterjee | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is extremely easy to go to Kirkstall Abbey from the Leeds Train Station. I took the bus and there is a bus stop right outside the Abbey. The grounds of the Abbey has paved roads which should not pose a problem to the... More
Brenda C
9 November 2016|
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Response from Elaine F | Property representative |
Hi Brenda There's free parking just opposite the abbey on Abbey Walk. If you are using a sat nav the postcode is LS5 3EH. Enjoy the event! Best wishes Elaine
Peter e
20 October 2015|
Response from nhwatch | Reviewed this property |
The grounds to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds are open all year round