We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A little gem”
Review of Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum
Ranked #14 of 165 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come to one of our many family sessions as advertised on our website or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street, for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see our Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions. Abbey House Museum is situated directly across the road from the historical site of Kirkstall Abbey, set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 27, 2013

An easily accessible museum with enough to keep the kids interested but not too big-or too expensive

Thank thompson2travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (312)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

258 - 262 of 312 reviews

Reviewed August 25, 2013

We visited when it was witches and wizards day.

You enter through the gift shop which has been revamped since our last visit.

We bought a family ticket that was cheapest option and entered the museum streets.

There were tables set out for the kid's to make hats and masks.

The kid's enjoyed the activities and thoroughly enjoyed dressing up and wandering through the museum streets/shops.

They enjoyed playing the old machines, you can buy a few old pennies for a £1 to enable you to play.

Generally the kid's and I really enjoyed the museum, we spent a good couple of hours in there before we left and headed to the ruins over the road for a picnic, then played on the play park near the car park.

Thank Familyfirst13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I visited this museum on Thursday and me and my 11 month old son had a fabulous time. We toured the old streets for half an hour and my son was enchanted by the cobble streets and different things to look at. Obviously being a curious little man, he wants to touch everything, and I was so pleased to hear the man who was always on hand say that anything that could be reached could be played with in this museum. Brilliant!

Then we went to the adjoining cafe for some lunch. Gorgeous food, lovely staff and fabulous room. Yum yum. Then we returned to the museum to tour the upstairs galleries. They have really thought about this place through he eyes of youngsters. There is so much much not only to look at but also to interact with. Jasper and I had a tea party, dressed up, played with Noah's arc, snuggled up to read some lovely books and more. I think this is exactly how museums should be - what better way for children to learn than through interacting with their surroundings? What a refreshing change.

To top it off the staff were all amazing, so accommodating, friendly and helpful. I could not recommend this place enough we can't wait to go back!!

1  Thank Anita A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We have been to the abbey house museum several times as my 4 year old loves it. Lots of interactive activities for children. The old fashioned streets are fun to explore, and there are several themed play areas upstairs. The cafe serves lots of yummy cakes! Parking is free and there is a park across the road which is handy for afterwards.

1  Thank FJ55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 11, 2013

What a lovely day out, Visited today with a 4 year old and a 7 year old who both loved it. When we told them we were going to see what it was like in the olden days the 4 year old said " yay lets go see the dinosaurs " however on entering the museum he wasn't disappointed despite there being no dinosaurs in the Victorian era. The Victorian street was a real hit the kids were able to dress up in period dress and wander around looking at shops and houses. The lady who was the guide was very friendly and helpful so much so the 7 year old kept going and asking her questions and when she didn't know the answer to something she radioed her colleagues and came back with an answer. Upstairs was really good too you pay £1 for 10 old pennies to play the arcade games the kids really enjoyed this but we laughed at the Victorians idea of fun some of the games were a bit barbaric. Parking is free and at only £10.40 for 3 adults and 2 kids to get in it's well worth a visit. After the museum we had a picnic in the park where there is a kids playground the crossed the road for a look round Kirkstall Abbey which is free to get in , all in all a good cheap day out with 2 very happy kids at the end of it .

Thank craggpuss
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Abbey House Museum also viewed

Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leeds, West Yorkshire
 

Been to Abbey House Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing