Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds

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

Things to do near Leeds

0 miles

River Kayaking and Canoeing in Leeds

Ride the waves with Leeds Canoe Club and learn the tricks of the trade! Kayaking and canoeing are fast-growing watersports and great fun to take part in. If you are just a beginner or if you ...
1 mile

Activity Centre in West Leeds

Are you looking for an action-packed outdoor adventure park in Leeds?  Then look no further than the West Leeds Activity Centre and experience a wide range of outdoor activities, including bushcraft, kayaking, rollerblading, go karting and ...
1 mile

Sewing Café in Leeds

If you fancy something doing a little arts and crafts with your cuppa then Workshop is a great place to spend some time in Leeds. With lots of workshops ranging from dress making to jewellery making ...
1 mile

Combat Archery in Leeds

Get ready for a thrilling day out with Go Combat Archery in Leeds! Whether you have an aim like Hawkeye or want to try archery for the first time, this is a great place to learn ...
2 miles

Discover Important English History at Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds is today one of England’s most bustling centres of culture and modern life, but it’s also home to some of the countries most important industrial heritage and stood at the forefront of England’s development. At ...
2 miles

Laser Tag in Leeds

Lock and load Funstacker, it’s mission time! If you’re planning a trip to Leeds and want to try something fun and competitive, then why not give laser tag a go at iCombat Leeds? In this unique ...
2 miles

Escape Rooms in Leeds

Think you and your friends are smart enough to solve puzzles fast enough to beat the clock? Then how about a trip to Escape reality in Leeds and prove you have what it takes to work ...
2 miles

Bubble Football in Leeds

Looking for a fun and unique activity to do with your friends? Why not try bubble football at Powerleague Leeds Central? With the bubble suit on you have the freedom to crash into your friends with ...
2 miles

Have a go at Aerial Yoga near Leeds

A unique take on traditional yoga, aerial yoga focuses on relaxing and learning. You use a bit of hanging fabric to enhance and improve posture and positions to take strain off you. With expert, welcoming and ...
3 miles

Scavenger Hunt in Leeds

Funstackers! Are you visiting Leeds but not sure how to fit all the attractions in? Find your inner Sherlock Holmes and solve the puzzles in the Leeds Scavenger Hunt that will have you touring the City ...
3 miles

Discover Fascinating History and Stories at Leeds City Museum

If this is your first trip to Leeds, then you need to add Leeds City Museum to your stack – whether you’re interested in ancient life on Earth and forgotten civilisations, the diversity of the animal ...
3 miles

Art Gallery in Leeds

Calling all Funstackers! If you’re planning a trip to Leeds and you have an interest in the arts, then the Leeds Art Gallery should be number 1 on your list! Based in the city centre you ...
ref:20

What's on in Leeds

Curious About Leeds

8 - 21 August, 2022
Have fun discovering Leeds with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format. Are you curious about Leeds? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Leeds a fascinating place to explore! You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Leeds and the people that have shaped it. Buy in booklet or instant download format (to use on your mobile device or to print at home) and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy. Enter code List20 at checkout for a 20% discount on all purchases from Curious About.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

7 - 11 August, 2022
Sequel to the Despicable Me spin-off.

DC League of Super-Pets

7 - 11 August, 2022
When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

Art Roundhay Park

7 - 20 August, 2022
Art Roundhay Park is an art gallery selling original art, prints, ceramics, jewellery and gifts featuring the works of local artists. The gallery is located within the beautiful surroundings of Roundhay Park, Leeds and is open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week. All products are unique, proudly made in the UK, and support artists in the UK.

Code-Breaking Activities & Crafts at MathsCity Leeds

7 - 20 August, 2022
Calling all coding fans… visit MathsCity in Leeds this summer to unlock hours of cryptic fun with over twenty interactive coding activities and crafts. An exciting highlight to this mathematical playground is the brand-new Cipher Wall – a large, digital arcade-game with tonnes of secrets messages to solve on a giant LED screen. Unlock secrets on the Scytale and Grille Cipher or create your own by writing hidden messages or drawings with ‘invisible ink’ using UV pens and lights. You can also have fun with morse code, prime numbers, and special red filter glasses, as well as getting the chance to test out new coding prototypes. For the crafty code-breakers out there, you can make your own code wheels and Scytale strips to take home and encode your messages like the Romans.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

7 - 11 August, 2022
Running Time 1hr 40mins     Cert PG The world's favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. From the filmmakers behind The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen OShaughnessey as the voice of Tails.

Lightyear

7 - 11 August, 2022
Buzz Lightyear's adventures to infinity and beyond. 

Top Gun: Maverick

7 - 11 August, 2022
Maverick returns in this sequel to the 1986 film.

The Railway Children Return

7 - 11 August, 2022
Follow a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home. Jenny Agutter returns as Bobbie in this sequel to the much-loved The Railway Children.

Thor: Love and Thunder

7 - 11 August, 2022
Bring Your Own Baby - special screenings for parents and carers, so they can enjoy a trip to the cinema without having to find a babysitter!

Where the Crawdads Sing

7 - 11 August, 2022
Where The Crawdads SingOlivia Newman | USA | 2022 | 130m | 15Mystery drama based on the novel by Delia Owens about Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Joyride

7 - 11 August, 2022
Joy (Colman) and Mully (Reid) are two lovable rogues. Joy is angry – she’s got a baby and motherhood does not come naturally to her; she feels she’s tossed her own dreams aside to give a screeching monster unconditional love. And, if she’s honest to herself, when she looks in the mirror she sees the shadow of her own neglectful mother. Twelve-year-old Mully also has a mum-shaped void in his life, as well as a conman dad. But Mully’s got balls; he knicks his dad’s stash of cash and steals a taxi in a bid for freedom. But, there’s an almighty yell from the back seat. It’s Joy – hungover, freaking out, and holding a baby! As they tear up the road on their riotous misadventure, we follow these roguish ‘outlaws’ in search of their dreams, in this feel-good, foul-mouthed fairy-tale. 

Bullet Train

7 - 14 August, 2022
Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. 

Chicken Run

7 - 11 August, 2022
For its first feature Aardman studios has re-written the WWII POW experience as an Orwellian satire, albeit with laughs. So, Stalag 17 becomes a battery farm and the camp commandant farmer Tweedy's domineering wife, while in the hutches, Ginger rallies her fellow hens to fly their coop. Though the characters aren't as established as Wallace and Gromit and the feature length running time slows the action. For Aardman this is very half baked.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

8 - 10 August, 2022
Only Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) can save the world. To do it, she'll have to explore all the lives she could have led.

London Nahi Jaunga

7 - 11 August, 2022
Zara always felt there was something missing in life until she stumbles upon her mother's diary.

Elvis

7 - 11 August, 2022
A look at the life of the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley.

Jurassic World: Dominion

7 - 11 August, 2022
A third film in the Jurassic World series and the sixth in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Shamshera

7 - 10 August, 2022
An enslaved warrior tribe resist a tyrannical ruler and fight for their freedom.

Jumanji

7 - 11 August, 2022
Trapped for 26 years in a jungle board game, Alan Parrish (Williams) is released only when two modern-day kids throw the dice themselves. But they also unleash a stampede of monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, rhinos and other unfamiliar beasts into small town America. The story manages to get beyond its repetitive limits with a brilliantly original central idea and post-'Jurassic Park' computer effects that make it a state-of-the-art cinema spectacle.