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Free Summer Guided Tours

Kirkstall Abbey

11:00am - 4:00pm every weekend between 3 August 2013 and 28 September 2013.

Explore the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey with free weekend guided tours


Come and explore Kirkstall Abbey with our new volunteer tour guides. Our guides will take you around the 12th century ruin, explaining all about the different areas that remain, such as the Cloisters, the Church, the Infirmary and the Kitchen, bringing the abbey to life. 

The free tours run throughout the day from 11am every Saturday and Sunday and last about three quarters of an hour. You do not need to book a place, simply come to the Visitor Centre where a guide will collect you.  The free guided tours will continue at the weekends in September.

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain.  Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey boasts historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery. 

Price:   Free

Contact details:   Please contact the Abbey directly if you have any queries on 0113 230 5492

Additional information:  


Kirkstall Abbey 


t.   0113 3784079


Visit one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country and step back in time to see how the monks lived. Refreshments are available from the Gatehouse café across the road at Abbey House Museum.


Baby change
Visitor centre
Picnic area
Education facilities
Play area


For information on access at this venue, please look for the link under 'related pages' or visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/kirkstallabbey/Access-at-Kirkstall-Abbey.aspx

Public transport  

Finding your way to Kirkstall Abbey. By bus: Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road. By train: The nearest train station is Headingley and is a 1 mile walk from the Abbey. Please contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676. By car: If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS5 3EH.


A large free car park is situated opposite Kirkstall Abbey, on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled access parking.

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