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Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Road | Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
+44 113 230 5492
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Ranked #7 of 103 Attractions in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
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Birmingham City
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place to visit so much to see and fantastic photo opportunities. Friendly staff, lovely shop vert atmospheric and free! If you have time visit the social history museum across the road and get a sense how our Victoria ancestors lived..highly recommend. ...

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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

On the banks of the River Aire, it operated from 1152 AD to 1538 AD.You can walk around the ruins and there is a great visitor centre, gift shop and cafe. Lots of outdoor performances and across the road is Abbey House Museum. Lots of buses into central Leeds in 10-15 minutes

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Dewsbury
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Situated opposite the Castle Museum,this ecclesiastical ruin is a must-visit place on any Leeds historical journey. Best on a sunny day...

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Leicester
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Kirkstall Abbey is a wonderful place to visit for any number of reasons . It is not crowded - it is very well run by Leeds Council ( far less intrusively than the Nation Trust ) -it must be the best maintained Cistercian monastery in the country - its history is fascinating and , above all , it is extremely... More

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Leeds
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I live close enough to visit it pretty often , and i think it always has people around, rain, sun or snow. They put many shows , markets and children activities during the year. It is well worth the visit, and after the renovation you are allow to visit much more of the old abbey

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Miami, Florida
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41 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Many people pass by this abbey and would not even think about it. They should. Old history and good story behind it and the grounds are beautiful to visit, any time.

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Horsforth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Love Kirkstall, we went when I was a child with my family for picnics and a good old run around. I have taken my son too many times to count. He is grown up now but we still visit for picnics and strolls (and a quick pint or meal in the pubs nearby) Ideal for families, couples, dog walkers etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My Wife and I visited on the day of Kirkstall Abbeys Deli Market which is held on the last weekend of the month and it was great. Excellent variety of stalls that sell local produce, pies and cakes swell as a real ale stall set in the beautiful sanctuary of the Abbey itself. Not sure how long the Abbey itself... More

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Noak Hill
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Hardly anyone here when I visited and it was a Sunday. Loved the place, it is so atmospheric. Just let yourself be transported back in time and imagine you are there with the monks. Have taken some lovely photos and would definitely recommend this place.

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Breda, The Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Abbey suits your need for a moment of quietness and get back in touch with the history and ancient architecture; and the museum on the other hand feed your curiosity towards the history about the Victorian time. I had a lovely time there, and after walking around for a couple of hours, I also enjoyed the precious sunshine for... More

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