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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.Read More
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.
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.
Listing Updated: 06/01/2020
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