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Are you looking for a unique venue to hold an event or an inspirational backdrop for your film or photographs?  Entertain your guests in the romantic cultural surroundings of a medieval 12th century landmark.

Baby Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a non religious ceremony*, to welcome a new baby, adopted or step children into a family.

Create your own special ceremony to welcome your new arrival by hiring the Colonel North Room in the Visitor Centre and/or an area of the abbey ruin and create your own unique occasion.  If you have lots of younger guests coming you can keep them entertained in the Kids Kitchen area next to the Cloisters.  Your booking includes a free visit to Abbey House Museum for 20 guests on the day.

Hire the Abbey Church or Cloisters any day between 8am and 5pm for £350, half day £175 or for an hour £75.  Boutique (our on site approved caterers) can provide catering either at the abbey or in the Gatehouse Restaurant close by in Abbey House Museum.

Alternatively, hire the Colonel North Room any day from 3pm to 5pm £200. Boutique (our on site approved caterers) can provide champagne and canapes at various prices in the room.

For more details or to make a venue hire booking please use the contact form below or call 0113 2305492.

* Ceremonies have no legal status.  You can lead the ceremony yourself or you can find a trained 'celebrant', who can help you to prepare the ceremony and lead it on the day. Organisations such as The British Humanist Association (BHA) can arrange a special ceremony to welcome your child or you can contact Leeds City Council's Register Office.


Blessings and Wedding Receptions

Make your day that extra bit special with a blessing at Kirkstall Abbey, a reception in The Gatehouse at Abbey House Museum or with canapés and photography in the Nave.  We have a number of packages that we offer to accommodate your needs, making your day that extra bit more memorable and special. 

Boutique catering run the catering at Abbey House Museum and can be booked to cater your event. Be it afternoon nibbles and champagne in the Abbey while you have your photographs taken or a full licensed evening reception in the unique Gatehouse cafe.

Contact us via the contact form or call 0113 2305492 to enquire and book today.


Film and Photography

Kirkstall Abbey, with its dramatic backdrop, is often used as the setting for film and photography shoots.  Very recently Kirkstall Abbey became the set for the live BBC Three re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 gothic masterpiece 'Frankenstein' hosting a 12,000 strong live audience.

For 17 years Classical Fantasia has been regarded as one of Leeds' most popular classical events thanks to its fantasy inspired music, provided by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, and spectacular illumination of the abbey ruins and firework finale.

The Cloister hosts the annual Kirkstall Shakespeare Festival during July. Live performances of some of the bard's classics have included The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream and, in 2012, The Comedy of Errors.

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