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Relaxing and interesting visit.

A lovely stroll around the ruins, park and gardens on our visit to Leeds. We then went to the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Debbie H
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Brilliant guided tour that brought the hugely impressive abbey to life

Staying in Leeds overnight for an event, Kirkstall Abbey and gardens looked a good place to visit... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sue M
Somerset, United Kingdom
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Uncover the history of one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian abbeys in Britain. With its beautiful and iconic ruins, award-winning Park and interactive visitor centre Kirkstall Abbey is a place that visitors of all ages can enjoy. The ruins...more
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely stroll around the ruins, park and gardens on our visit to Leeds. We then went to the museum over the road which was very interesting, a pleasant and informative hour spent after a coffee in the garden. A beautiful place to visit for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Staying in Leeds overnight for an event, Kirkstall Abbey and gardens looked a good place to visit. What a great decision! Free parking, free entry and the most informative free tour guide that I could have imagined. I highly recommend one of the tours which...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Firstly, its a free tourist site but upon reading other reviews if there are events on, sometimes there will be an entry-fee charged so do your research before going! But I have been a few times and never encountered this issue. Its a great piece...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Elaine F, General Manager at Kirkstall Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for such a lovely review joshcrk. We agree that we are a must-visit place too (although we may be just a little bit biased!). We hope to welcome you to the abbey again soon. Best wishes from all at Kirkstall Abbey

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So went to the market at kirkstall Abbey today which was lovely. Then paid a visit to the visitors centre which sells some lovely things. Tried to buy an item which was priced at £6.99. Upon getting to the till gave the man serving a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Elaine F, General Manager at Kirkstall Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Cissy Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience on Trip Advisor. I'm glad you enjoyed the market and the goods for sale in the Visitor Centre. However, I can only apologise that you weren't able to purchase the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was just a ruin. No roof and many of the walls fallen down. Evidently it's been open to the elements for years. You'd think Leeds City Council would have done a better job of looking after the place. It's clearly not fit for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Elaine F, General Manager at Kirkstall Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Tripodosaurus Thank you for taking the time to review your trip to Kirkstall Abbey. You are indeed correct when you say it is a ruin. It is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, with the same protection in law as Stonehenge. The abbey was begun...More

Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

Just a wonderful place lots of history the Abbey is well kept and so are the grounds you can walk paint take photographs or just sit and drink in the atmosphere even have a picnic well worth a visit

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Passed this place many times over the years through work and decided one Sunday afternoon to pay it a visit, wasn’t disappointed it was nice to see a historic place being visited by so many people great history behind it and well worth a look...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 6, 2019

Great place to take the family. Lots of information boards that provides a rich narrative of the past. Great place for the children to run around and explore the ruins. Perfect for picnics in the summer, but a great little cafe available near the car...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

It's not often that you find a historic Abbey building like this within easy access of a city centre- with a museum and free parking on the other side of the road - well worth a visit and if you don't have transport there is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Visited on Mother’s Day seemed to have all we needed somewhere to walk something to see and cafe. Arrived early and got parked easily free parking too. Toilets in the shop near museum and cafe where we had coffee then later on lunch. Wandered round...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Matthew S
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Anweshachatterjee | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is extremely easy to go to Kirkstall Abbey from the Leeds Train Station. I took the bus and there is a bus stop right outside the Abbey. The grounds of the Abbey has paved roads which should not pose a problem to the... More
Brenda C
November 8, 2016|
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Response from Elaine F | Property representative |
Hi Brenda There's free parking just opposite the abbey on Abbey Walk. If you are using a sat nav the postcode is LS5 3EH. Enjoy the event! Best wishes Elaine
Peter e
October 20, 2015|
Response from nhwatch | Reviewed this property |
The grounds to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds are open all year round