If national landmarks and historic buildings are your things, then Kirkstall Abbey is a must for your bucket list! This incredible monastery is full of rich history and is situated in a beautiful location just a stone’s throw away from the River Aire! Enjoy the dramatic architecture as you explore these famous ruins and learn about life as a monk in the visitor centre. Have a wander through the park and woodlands or take a stroll by the river!

Where can I visit a Cistercian monastery in Leeds?

Kirkstall Abbey is one of Britain's most complete Cistercian monasteries and holds a wide range of workshops and events!

This grade 1 listed building is a haven for historians, artists and any visitors to Leeds. There are also regular events and workshops to get involved in throughout the year, including the outdoor market featuring unique makers and producers from Leeds. With a great visitor centre that has education facilities, a cafe as well as toilets and baby changing facilities, this is a great activity for people of all ages. There’s a play area and a picnic area making this perfect for a day out with the family!

  • Free
  • Tuesday – Sunday | 10:00 – 16:30
  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafe
  • Picnic area
  • Car park
  • Toilets

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