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Kirkstall Abbey - a fascinating piece of Leeds’s history

Kirkstall Abbey is an impressive ruin of a Cistercian Monastery, situated just north-west of the centre of Leeds, on the bank of the River Aire. Founded in the 12th century, it was abandoned during the reign of Henry VIII following the dissolution of the monasteries. Its gatehouse and ruins now serve as one of the most well-known historical attractions in Yorkshire.

Visit Horsforth

Horsforth is a town and borough situated just north of the centre of Leeds, full of entertaining things to see and do for all ages. Kids will love creating their own pots and bowls at Firefly Pottery’s workshops, or meeting the animals at None Go By Farm, and adults can spend a lovely day checking out the Village Museum, taking a relaxing walk through Horsforth Hall Park, or unwinding in one of the many bars and restaurants on Town Street.

Abbey House - a portal to the past

Abbey House museum is a unique, fun, and family-friendly experience, allowing you to experience the sounds, sights, and environments that characterised Victorian Leeds. Browse the shops of Stephen Harding Gate, let the kids experience a class at the museum’s Sunday School, or check out the fascinating exhibitions of the Community and Childhood galleries.

Planning a trip to Kirkstall Abbey? Travelodge Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel is a 15-minute drive away, as is Travelodge Leeds Central Vicar Lane Hotel.