The Gatehouse Café

Situated across from the impressive Kirkstall Abbey, The Gatehouse Café is a wonderful space to relax. Enjoy a cup of tea, sandwich and slice of cake in a unique setting.

With grand Cistercian arches and gothic style windows, the beautiful setting is quite unlike any other café in Leeds.

Outdoor seating in the courtyard and the surrounding gardens provide picturesque views across to the abbey. Perfect for a summer picnic with family and friends after exploring Abbey House Museum.

Opening Times



Tuesday – Sunday:

10.30am – 3.45pm
Last food orders 3pm

How to get here


The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge and Headingley, both 1 mile away.


Bus numbers 33, 34 and 757 from Leeds stop outside Kirkstall Abbey.


A large free car park is situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled parking. There is an additional disabled access parking space immediately outside the museum entrance.

Access information

The main entrance to Abbey House Museum has level access and this is continued through to The Gatehouse Café. The Museum is set back from a steep road when arriving from Kirkstall Abbey on Kirkstall Road.

More information is available on the Abbey House Museum Access Information page.

Hire the café

The Gatehouse Café can also be hired for events, wedding receptions and parties. Visit our venue hire page for more information.