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“A Favourite Haunt”
Review of Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey
Ranked #5 of 161 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Living just a five minute walk from the Abbey this is a favourite spot of mine. The Abbey is such an awe-inspiring building, the ruins are so complete you can really imagine what it would have been like to live there! The monthly market in the cloister is also well worth a visit and sells a variety of delicious foods. Perhaps the best part about the place though is that there is no entry fee! The park surrounding the Abbey is well kept and great for a picnic. All in all, this place is great for an interesting and cheap day out.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Kirkstall abbey is beautiful, the ruins of the abbey are stunning and steeped in history and the grounds that it sits in is a stunning back drop, with the river flowing behind full of fish at this time of year my children were mesmerised. The abbey is so family friendly offering lots of free events for the whole family. This is one of my favourite places in Leeds.

1  Thank Alison P
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Loads to do and very good value for money. We had a picnic with the girls aged 7 & 4 years. They then played in the well equipped playground. The museum was very good value for money and loads to do for young children and interesting enough for all ages. TAKE YOUR OWN OLD PENNIES or you can buy them to use in the old machines. Then in the afternoon we went round the ruins and into the café. There also a small gauge railway there. Lots of open space for kids to run around.

1  Thank Claire W
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Wow! I like a bit of history and it was amazing to see this monastery which dates back to the 1100's. It's been incredibly well preserved and is awe inspiring considering this was constructed by monks almost 1000 years ago with no machinery.

There was a free tour which started outside the gift shop shortly after we arrived, so we joined that. I'm glad we did because our guide was very knowledgeable and really made it interesting, more so than if we had just read the information ourselves.

To get here from Leeds we took a bus (I think it was #757) which was £4.40 each return and took about 15 mins from just outside Leeds station. I believe bus 33 also does the same route.

Highly recommend a visit here if you're in the area and interested in this sort of thing.

1  Thank Points W
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Kirkstall Abbey was very important in the creation of the city of Leeds. The wool industry was triggered by the Abbey. Great ruins & museum.. Definitely worth a trip

Thank Chris J
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