Family Fun


Entertain the family with something different! We have a huge range of activities, from dressing up to special tours and much more!

Wander the recreated Victorian streets of Leeds and enter the enchanted shops and houses to discover what life was really like in the 1850s.

Follow the streets upstairs and explore the Childhood Galleries, marvel at 19th Century dolls houses and toys. Pop an old penny into our amazing collection of working penny slot machines.

Take a break in the cafe and then step outside to use the children's play area or wander over to Kirkstall Abbey and explore the abbey grounds!

Muddy Monkeys - under 5s craft activities
(Tuesdays, 10am-11am - please check our What's on website for up-to-date listings)
Fun, free messy and imaginative craft play activites for under fives and their carers. Please remember that we like to get messy and if the weather is nice we like to play outside too.



Organise a children's party at Abbey House Museum!, Email us your booking enquiryOrganise a children's party at Abbey House Museum!<div class="ExternalClass90978F85271A456B8B07C8C3D58672C7"><p>We have two options for parties of up to 10 children. Please note children must be accompanied by a suitable number of adults.</p> <p><strong>Muddy Monkey Parties (For ages up to 6 years) </strong><br><br>Join us in our activity room and be a Muddy Monkey with paints and art materials. During your party you will have exclusive use of our Activity Room which will contain a range of arts and craft materials.  A member of staff will be on hand to supervise, and if you have a favourite character or theme, let us know and we will do our best to create relevant craft activities.<br><br><strong>Availability:</strong></p> <p><br>-  Saturday and Sunday mornings (10:30am - 11:30am)</p> <p>There is also the option of party food afterwards in the Gatehouse Cafe.</p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>£50 per party, due 2 weeks in advance. <br><br>Aprons are provided, but please wear suitable messy clothing - we make a lot of mess! <br></p> <p><strong>Arty Smarty Party (For ages 6 - 10 years) <br></strong><br>Your group will have full reign of our Activity Room, where you will become Arty Smarties through a craft activity of your choice: clay tile making, T-shirt decorating (please provide your own t-shirts!) or jewellery making.<br><br><strong>Availability:</strong><br><br>- Saturday and Sunday mornings (10:30am to 11:30am) </p> <p>There is also the option of party food afterwards in the Gatehouse Cafe.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> £50 per party, due 2 weeks in advance.<br><br><strong>How to book:</strong><br>Pre-booking is essential. Please email us <a href=""></a> or telephone 0113 3784079.</p> <p>Party food in the Gatehouse Cafe is charged separately and has to be arranged and paid to the cafe. Please telephone the Gatehouse Cafe on 0113 2781233 if you would like to book party food. </p></div>
What will you discover in our Victorian street?What will you discover in our Victorian street?<div class="ExternalClass512C66EC93C94E3986DD171E496A77DE"><p>​<img src="/museumsandgalleries/PublishingImages/Concertina%20Images/Abbey%20House_Victorian-street.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br>Visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street, for some old fashioned retail therapy. You can even take a break in the Hark to Rover Inn, a recreated model of a Victorian drinking house!<br><br>The poorer residential district of Abbey Fold examines life and death in Victorian times. Compare the warm comfortable home of the successful pawnbroker with the chilly premises of the undertakers. </p> <p>Wonder at the displays showing rare and interesting 19th Century toys, games and dolls in the shop on Harewood Square - you can even take your place for class at the local Methodist Sunday school!</p></div>