Kirkstall Abbey is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). Situated in Leeds, the abbey is approximately 3.5 miles from the city centre.  Located off Kirkstall Road, the entrance is via a well maintained and fairly level pedestrian walkway.  We look forward to welcoming you but for more information before your visit, please call us on +44 (0)113 230 5492

Disabled parking

There are four spaces in the Vesper Lane car park located across Kirkstall Road on Abbey Walk.  Access from the car park to the abbey is down a short but steep hill to Kirkstall Road and over a pedestrian crossing.


The main entrance to the visitor centre has level access.  The entrance is automatic, opening outwards with a clear opening space.

Lifts and access to galleries

Kirkstall Abbey, including the visitor centre is all located at ground level.

The visitor centre is fully accessible and so are most of the grounds. Please note that Kirkstall Abbey is a heritage site and some areas of the grounds are cobbled and/or uneven.

Seating is available in the visitor centre and around the grounds.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets in the visitor centre. Facilities in the accessible toilets include an emergency alarm, a fire alarm with a flashing light and a baby change unit. This toilet is not RADAR key operated. We do not currently have a Changing Places facility. The nearest one is located 1.5 miles away at the HEART Centre (Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre) Bennett Road, LS6 3HN.

Borrow a wheelchair

A wheelchair is available from the visitor centre to borrow on your visit. Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance around the abbey for wheelchair users.  Please telephone +44 113 (0)113 2305492 in advance of your visit to ensure the chair is available.

Entry to the abbey is free of charge to all visitors.

Guide and assistance dogs

Kirkstall Abbey park is well used by dog walkers.  Guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the abbey grounds and dog bowls are available at the front entrance of the visitor centre.

Induction loops / Audio

An induction loop is in place at the desk in the visitor centre.

An audio trail of the abbey is available on audioboo for visitors with their own smart phones. 

Handling sessions

Handling sessions are advertised via our events website – see the tab on the left. Touch tours can be arranged with two weeks’ notice for individuals and small groups. Call +44 (0)113 2305492 to book.

Access provision for groups

Tailored handling sessions or touch tours on a group-specific interest area for groups can be organised.
If a member or members of your group require access provision, please contact Sarah Allen, learning and access officer, at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 113 230 5492 or