Visit Abbey House Museum

Due to government guidance our museums and galleries will be temporarily closed from 5 Nov until at least 2 Dec. The grounds at Kirkstall Abbey, Temple Newsam and Lotherton remain accessible for use in line with government guidelines. Where possible, our cafés will remain open for takeaway only. Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Opening times

Monday and Tuesday:

Wednesday – Friday and Sunday:
10am – 12pm & 1 – 4pm
Last entry: 3.30pm

12 – 4pm
Last entry: 3.30pm


  • Baby change
  • Toilets
  • Visitor centre
  • Picnic area
  • Café
  • Education facilities
  • Play area
  • Shop
  • Free parking

Access information

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections.


Entry to Abbey House Museum is free of charge for carers.

How to find and enter Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum is located in Leeds and is approximately 3 miles from the city centre.


Located on Abbey Walk, just off Abbey Road, which is sometimes referred to as Kirkstall Road, the entrance to the museum is on a short but fairly steep hill.

The main entrance does have level access, though the museum is set back from a steep road when arriving from Kirkstall Abbey on Kirkstall Road. The entrance is automatic, opening outwards with a clear opening space of 87cm.

There is level access to The Gatehouse Cafe through the museum. Please enquire at the museum reception desk. There is no charge for visitors just wishing to use the cafe.

Disabled parking

There is one disabled parking space immediately outside the entrance to the museum and four more spaces are located across Abbey Walk in the Vesper Lane car park. Access from the car park to the museum entrance is primarily flat and a pedestrian crossing over Abbey Walk is in place. There is ramped access through the gardens if coming from the main road.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets in the main entrance foyer and shop in the museum. Facilities in the accessible toilets include an emergency alarm, a fire alarm with a flashing light and a baby change unit. This toilet is not RADAR key operated.

We do not currently have a Changing Places facility. The nearest one is located 1.5 miles away at the HEART Centre (Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre) Bennett Road, LS6 3HN.

Baby change

Baby change facilities are available in the accessible toilets in the main entrance foyer and shop in the museum.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and dog bowls are available at the front entrance.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

A wheelchair is available from the museum entrance and shop to borrow on your visit. Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance around the museum for wheelchair users. Please contact us in advance of your visit to ensure the chair is available.

The majority of the galleries, the Victorian streets and special exhibition space is fully accessible. Please note that there are cobbled streets and some narrow spaces in the Victorian streets. Seating is available around the museum and in the café. The lift to the second floor is available through the Victorian streets which has capacity for one wheelchair at a time.

Hearing impaired and deaf visitors

An induction loop is in place in the entrance foyer and shop.

Access provision for groups

Tailored handling sessions or touch tours on a group-specific interest area for groups can be organised with two weeks’ notice. If a member or members of your group require access provision, please contact us before your visit.


​Abbey House Museum is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). The VAQAS is a scheme which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions, including a commitment to respect the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 by making reasonable adjustments to improve service for disabled people.

Contact us

If you would like more information on access before your visit, please contact us:


0113 378 4079
(10am - 4pm)



Abbey House Museum
Abbey Walk
Leeds LS5 3EH

Admission prices

Admission to Abbey House Museum is free to members of the Leeds Art Fund, Friends of Leeds City Museums, the Museums Association and the National Arts Collection Fund.

Ticket TypePriceLeedsCardBreezeCardLeedsCard Extra
  • Adult
    General Admission £5.45
    LeedsCard: £4.35
    LeedsCard Extra: £3.25
  • Child
    General Admission £2.80
    BreezeCard £2.25
  • Concession
    General Admission £4.40
    LeedsCard: £3.45
  • Family
    General Admission £12
    LeedsCard £9.25

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.

Assistance videos

Orientation film

A short film about what to expect when you visit Abbey House Museum.

Question setting

A short film that sets a question for schools or groups ahead of a visit.

Answer setting

A short film that schools or groups can watch after their visit to reflect.

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