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Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a Cistercian Abbey in the United Kingdom. The Abbey is free to enter and is within 24 acres of riverside parkland. The area offers a great day out for enjoying history, wildlife and outdoor family fun.

The parkland offers walking trails, sports pitches and open grassland for picnic or informal games. Two health walks run around the abbey parkland and offer great fitness trails for walkers or runners.

There's a visitor centre, children's playground, park and woodland trail to explore as well as the abbey.

Kirkstall Abbey hosts a varied events programme including the month Kirkstall Abbey deli market, music and theatre events. It also hosts a youth group who may play in a battle of the bands, learn special effects makeup skills, devise a murder mystery play or contribute to an exhibition all in the setting of a gothic abbey.

Visiting Kirkstall Abbey

Opening Times

April to September: 10:00 to 16:30 Tuesdays to Sundays
October to March: 10:00 to 16:00 Tuesdays to Sundays
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays


Admission is FREE


Visitor Centre
Baby Change & Toilets
Picnic Area
Children's Play Area


Entrance to the visitor centre is level and open, the visitor centre is fully accessible. the grounds ae also fully accessible however some paths may be difficult to negotiate due to their historic nature, including cobbles. Accessible toilets are located in the visitor centre.
A wheelchair is available at reception for visitors to use.

Dogs including assistnce dogs are welcome.
An audio trail is available as a download to a smart phone or appropriate device.

Contact Kirkstall Abbey

Tel: 0113 230 5492

Website: Kirkstall Abbey

Events at Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Deli Market

Saturday Market: 
Join us at our monthly market (from March to November) in the picturesque 12th century ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.  Have the chance to buy good quality food and local goods, from local and northern producers and suppliers.
The market runs on the last Saturday of the month from 12 noon – 3pm until the end of November.

Sunday Market:
 At the Sunday Kirkstall Abbey Market you can find a great mix of some of the best food & drink Yorkshire has to offer as well as jewellery, fashion, crafts, artwork, household items & vintage goods plus much more.

Upcoming Market Dates

27th - 29th May
24th & 25th June
29th & 30th July
26th to 28th August
30th Sept & 1st Oct
28th & 29th Oct
25th & 26th November