Set in beautiful parkland situated along the banks of the River Aire, the Kirkstall Abbey is an example of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Restoring its historic architecture, the abbey also displays nature through its wildlife and greenery. The abbey was founded by Henry de Lacy, baron of Pontefract, who was one of the leading landholders in the North. If you look at the abbey’s coat of arms inside, it is actually based on those of the Peitivin family, who gave the monks the site at Kirkstall. Following the tradition, the abbey was the central site around which the community developed.
There is also a visitor centre which will tell you more about the lives of the 12th century monks and will show you the touch table, a unique catalogue of images of the abbey from the 18th century to the present day. There are also family activities and trails that run throughout the year in the parkland of abbey. You can check with the website or the visitor centre to know about their schedule.
You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds or along the river.
Kirkstall Abbey Travel Tips
- Last admission time is 4 pm.
How to Reach Kirkstall Abbey
- Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travels from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.
- The nearest train station is Headingley and is a 1 mile walk from the Abbey.
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45.39% of people who visit Leeds include Kirkstall Abbey in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
23.46% of people start their Kirkstall Abbey visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Kirkstall Abbey
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kirkstall Abbey