Set amidst beautiful parkland in a stunning riverside location on the banks of the River Aire in Leeds are the preserved ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Built between 1152-1160 by Cistercian monks, Kirkstall Abbey is a wonderful example of a medieval Abbey, and is one of my favourite places to go for a short walk, anytime of the year. It is easy to find along Kirkstall Road, located just a couple of miles from Leeds city centre and well served by both bus routes and nearby Headingley train station which is less than half a mile away. Admission is free.
Things to do at Kirkstall Abbey
Over the road from the Abbey is the Abbey House Museum. The ground floor of the museum is set out as an area of Victorian streets, including a range of houses, shops and services, where you can even take some time out in the Hark to Rover Inn, a recreated model of a Victorian drinking house. On the last Saturday of the month, between March and November I highly recommend you visit the Kirkstall Deli Market, which has a good range of locally produced food from all over Yorkshire. Buy a few items of food and then sit in the beautiful grounds and have a picnic. It’s a great day out for all of the family.
For more information visit the Kirkstall Abbey website.