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Abbey House Museum

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Address: Abbey Walk, Kirkstall | Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
Phone Number: +44 113 378 4079
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:00
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Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and...

Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come to one of our many family sessions as advertised on our website or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street, for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see our Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions. Abbey House Museum is situated directly across the road from the historical site of Kirkstall Abbey, set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire.

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If you visit the Abbey , pop across to the museum , you will not be dissapointed.

This was a trip back in time. The museum is a revelation of times past and an equal to any thing that I have seen with similar presentations across all parts of England. This is... read more

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a trip back in time. The museum is a revelation of times past and an equal to any thing that I have seen with similar presentations across all parts of England. This is a must visit when in Leeds. An amazing in site into times past and a visit to spend a reasonable amount of time to absorb... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in June this year and found the free car park and easy walk to the attraction very satisfying. The museum offers discounts fro Leeds card holders and we found the old streets within the building like an aladdins cave of nostalgia. Old chemist shops and pubs and undertakers etc. take you back to times long forgotten. Children also... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is free entry if you are disabled and is located across the road from the abbey. Its well worth seeing about the house and the history of the abbey.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my little boy to see the museum that was sadly spoiled by tacky Halloween decorations. Which wouldn't be too bad, except the museum is NOT free to get in.

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Elaine F, General Manager at Abbey House Museum, responded to this review

Dear Gareth Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Abbey House Museum. Halloween is one of our most popular events but I can only apologise if you felt this detracted from your experience. We are always looking for ways to improve the visitor offer. If you would like to share ideas of how you feel we... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is excellent, it's a very interactive museum experience which I can imagine is fantastic for kids (we didn't have kids with us but we still very much enjoyed it). We combined it with a visit to Kirkstall Abbey which is right over the road. It's not expensive, I think it was around £5 per person. The museum has... More 

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Gomersal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I absolutely love this place, the Old streets within the Museum gives you a really good insight to how people used to live. The penny slot machines from years gone by are fantastic . I would recommend anybody to visit and then cross the road over to the remains of Kirkstall Abbey a really way to spend your day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a rewarding couple of hours here. The old city streets and shops were very interesting. The lady at the entrance was very informative. All in all a great experience coupled with a visit to the abbey over the road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is more extensive than you might think from the external appearance. A great Victorian street, which includes atmospheric one-up, one down dwellings, at least one of which has been transported brick-by-brick from another part of Leeds. You can get much more up close to things here than the similar re-creation at York Castle Museum. When we visited, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Took my reluctant grandchildren to the museum,and they had a whale of a time - dressing up as Victorian urchins, playing on the slot machines (old pennies provided) and running round the recreated Victorian street. Brilliant.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I love this little museum - such fun walking around the mock up street life. Don't leave without trying out the cafe too, excellent for lunch and amazing cake.

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