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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum
Ranked #8 of 148 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

I wasn't expecting this museum to be as good as it was and have always visited Kirkstall Abbey across the road instead, but this place is brilliant! The downstairs part of the museum is the Victorian Street which allows you become immersed in the history. You can walk into or look into most of the 'shops' and 'houses' and get a feel for what it would have been like to live in Victorian Leeds. I particularly liked the 'Hark to Rover' pub. Upstairs is the 'Yorkshire' collection and the 'Childhood' section, both of which are excellent collections. The museum looks tiny from the outside but is actually like a tardis with loads to see inside.

The staff on the day we visited were welcoming and helpful, giving us extra information when we asked. We didn't have any children with us but staff were engaging with other children in the museum really well and directing them towards the activities specifically put on for children.

Visited May 2014
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“A big disappointment! ”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

It's practically impossible with a double pushchair! Some staff were rude - angrily staring at children whilst they became intrigued with objects around the museum. Instead of communicating appropriately & perhaps explaining what is & isn't expected from children (even in the interactive parts!) they stood an gave dirty looks. I am so glad we got free entry with the max card as I would have been even more disappointed. Won't be returning. I had 7 children aged between 16 months & 11 years - not 1 of them said they enjoyed it as they usual would after a trip out. Save your money for Meanwood valley farm, rodley nature reserve or swimming.

2 Thank Kimberley H
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Harrogate, England
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“Fascinating view of local history”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Inside this Tardis of a building is a maze of Victorian streets complete with shops and homes of that period. There are displays to fascinate and involve children of all ages. This really is one not to miss

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Chris K
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“More to see that you might expect”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

great location, Kirkstall Abbey and park across the road if you want to stretch your legs.

Nice tea room

Visited August 2013
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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“A gem in the City”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

One of Leeds' gems. Everyone in the City has been. It is very popular. Plenty of parking and well out of the Busy City. You can roam till your hearts content. Plenty to see and study especially with your grand children. The place is well looked after and run. . you can even get a snack there. It is not five star but welcome after your tour around the many exhibits. It is truly a visit for a rainy day.
The Kirkstall Abbey is nearby and never changes. A lovely afternoons stroll!

Visited August 2013
Thank Ernest C
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