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Kirkstall Abbey

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Address: Abbey Road | Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
Phone Number: +44 113 230 5492
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Great ruins and a good walk!

Although it closes at 4:30 you can walk around the outside and in the park surrounding all evening. There were plaques describing each room and on the Leeds website... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Although it closes at 4:30 you can walk around the outside and in the park surrounding all evening. There were plaques describing each room and on the Leeds website http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Kirkstall-Abbey.aspx there is an audio guide you and click on and listen to which was very informative. It is free to visit and easily accessible by bus from the city center.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Set within wonderful grounds, the ruins of the abbey are awe inspiring fantastic place to take children, as they can study the history and still have fun

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Been 3 times, last time was on my own. And great experince. Worth the vist, it a great place. First two visit was with school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went here at the weekend and watch Harry Potter sat in the old ruins of the Abbey it was amazing well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Kirkstall Abbey is a wonderful example of a monastery dating as it does from 1147. Very well preserved, it is fascinating to read what the function of each room was, and imagine what it must have been like to be a monk living here during that time. The grounds are stunning, and the scenery beautiful, but do wear boots, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Worth a visit whilst in Leeds! Loved walking thru the ruins and learning about the monastery that was once there. The abbey house museum across the road is also worth a visit. Unlike the abbey ruins where you don't have to pay for entry, you do pay at the abbey house museum but it is worth it to see the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A piece of monastic history which sits well into the historic background of LEEDS from the 11th Centuary onwards.Loads of events from open air plays and concerts with firework displays, a regular venue for local events such as farmers and craft markets or an interesting place to explore and relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

They are amazingly well kept ruins of the Old Abbey. If you're familiar with history it's especially interesting to go from room to room. If not, there are tidbits posted around to let you know what each room was for!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Kirkstall is in good condition of maintenance, considering dating from 1147. It is amazing the construction technique used and the internal water supply system. The closing hour is at 4 pm. There is a beautiful park with a river around it to walk and take a rest.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Visited here on a Sunday afternoon, when it was relatively quiet. There's free admission into the ruins of the abbey itself, which are quite impressive despite their age and ruin. The surrounding park is also pleasant, plenty of space, with a walk along the banks of the river.

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