Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Last admission: 3.30pm

Facilities

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

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.

How to find and enter Kirkstall Abbey

Situated in Leeds, Kirkstall Abbey is approximately 3 miles from the city centre. Located off Abbey Road (Kirkstall Road), the entrance is via a well maintained and fairly level pedestrian walkway. The accessible path from the car park is steep, there is an alternative route bypassing Abbey House Museum. This route is still sloping but less so than the main road.

The main entrance to the visitor centre has level access. The entrance is automatic, opening outwards with a clear opening space.

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We have provided What3Words locations for key areas of our attractions to help you navigate your visit.

Disabled parking

There are four spaces in the Vesper Lane car park located across Kirkstall Road on Abbey Walk. Access from the car park to the abbey is down a short but steep hill to Kirkstall Road and over a pedestrian crossing. There is ramped access through the gardens.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets in the visitor centre. 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 changing

Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible toilet in the visitor centre.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

The grounds around Kirkstall Abbey are well used by dog walkers. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the abbey grounds and dog bowls are available at the front entrance of the visitor centre.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

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

Kirkstall Abbey, including the visitor centre is all located at ground level. The visitor centre is fully accessible and so are most of the grounds. Please note that Kirkstall Abbey is a heritage site and some areas of the grounds are cobbled and/or uneven.

Seating is available in the visitor centre and around the grounds.

Hearing impaired and deaf visitors

An induction loop is in place at the desk in the visitor centre.

Special Educational Needs and Access

Please visit our dedicated Special Educational Needs and Access page for more information about how we try to make Kirkstall Abbey inclusive and accessible for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Access provision for groups

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

VAQAS

Kirkstall Abbey 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:

Phone

0113 378 4079
(10am - 4pm)

Email

Post

Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Road
Kirkstall
Leeds LS5 3EH

Admission information

Ticket TypePrice
Leeds ResidentFREE – must provide proof of address on first visit (driving licence or utility bill)
Non-Leeds Resident Ticket TypePriceLeedsCardBreeze Pass
Adult£5.00£4.00N/A
Child (5-18)£2.50N/A£2.00
Under 5sFreeN/AN/A
Disabled & carersFreeN/AN/A
Concession£4.00N/AN/A
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children)£11.25£9.00N/A
Group (min 10 people)£4.00 ppN/AN/A
  • TICKET TYPE & PRICE
  • Leeds Resident
    FREE – must provide proof of address on first visit (driving license or utility bill)
  • Adult
    General Admission: £5.00
    LeedsCard: £4.00
    LeedsCard Extra: Free
  • Child (5-18)
    General Admission: £2.50
    Breeze Pass: £2.00
  • Under 5s
    Free
  • Disabled & carers
    Free
  • Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children)
    General Admission: £11.25
    LeedsCard: £9.00
  • Group (min 10 people)
    £4.00 pp

Annual Pass

You will be provided with a Kirkstall Abbey Annual Pass on your first visit. This pass will allow unlimited entry to the ruins for 12 months from the date of issue. Please check individual events for admission information on our what’s on page.

Validate your annual pass

If you have received your annual pass, please validate it here if you haven’t done so already.

We only ask for essential information to ensure we have your up to date details. If you need to change your details please email [email protected].

Free entry

Admission to Kirkstall Abbey is free to the following organisations and participating members:

  • Leeds Art Fund
  • Friends of Leeds City Museums
  • Max Card holders
  • The Museums Association
  • National Museum Directors Council
  • National Arts Collection Fund

How to get here

Rail

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

Bus

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

Parking

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.