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Kirkstall Abbey

(2 reviews)

Dogs allowed on lead within the enclosed area of the ruins. One of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country, founded over 800 years ago.

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Explore the historic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and learn all about its history in the Visitor Centre. Enjoy wandering through the park and woodlands, and take a leisurely stroll beside the River Aire.

Free admission.

(2 reviews)

Rosie, November 2022

Still a lovely place to visit but access into the fenced off Abbey ruins is no longer free unless you are a Leeds resident (registration with proof of address)

For non-Leeds residents the charge is £5 per adult but you receive a card allowing repeated free admission for 12 months from your visit date

Rosie, January 2020

Kirkstall Abbey stands in a grassy park located between the busy A65 road and the river Aire. Dogs can be off lead here whilst you wander the paths around the outside of the Abbey but for a closer inspection of the ruins then free entry to the fenced off area (where dogs must be on a lead) is via the small visitor centre.

Numerous waste disposal bins are alongside the main paths. The park can be quite busy at weekends and during school holidays.

There are some nature trails and riverside paths running through the grounds if you want to explore further.

Free parking approx 100m away, adjacent to the Abbey House Museum which unfortunately does not allow dogs.

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Listing Updated: 06/01/2020


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Abbey Road
West Yorkshire
0113 378 4079

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Park, Gardens or Nature Reserve


House, Castles or Museum




Water Activities


Dog Show


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Farm, Sanctuary or Zoo


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