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Abbey House Museum

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Address: Abbey Walk, Kirkstall | Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
Phone Number: +44 113 378 4079
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:00
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Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and...

Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come to one of our many family sessions as advertised on our website or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street, for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see our Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions. Abbey House Museum is situated directly across the road from the historical site of Kirkstall Abbey, set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire.

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Not what you expect!

When i came here i was expecting to just be looking round your average museum, after walking through we came to the recreated victorian streets and shops! So much to see and much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2016
Jenna H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

When i came here i was expecting to just be looking round your average museum, after walking through we came to the recreated victorian streets and shops! So much to see and much much bigger than it looks from the outside! another one of my favourite museums! definitely a great place to come on a rainy day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

A great little museum filled with all sorts in interesting items. Best of all are the recreated Victorian streets, step back into the 19th century and see how they lived. Housed in the gate house of the nearby ruined Kirkstall Abbey which is also well worth a visit. The museum has lots to interest kids and there is also a... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I took 3 primary school age children on the spur of the moment and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of interesting things to see and they loved the old fashioned amusements where you could buy old pennies to operate them. Great to combine with a trip around the Abbey.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was surprised to see how much they've got in a small space. The kids loved it, and felt it had a "doll's house" sort of appeal. Leeds hasn't always been good for collections of old stuff, but this place is a worthy addition to the recent bunch that have appeared lately. Well done Leeds - keep it up.

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1 Thank Stephen W
Otley, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Abbey house Museum situated just opposite Kirkstall Abbey on the outskirts of Leeds never fails to please my grand-daughters.Bygone days brilliantly staged in a walk around street setting complete with a school,pub and shops aswell as poor and rich housing. A very nice cafe and lovely gardens.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Spent a lovely afternoon walking the grounds of the Abbey then went for coffee and cake at the Museum House. Had a look round and was surprised to find it has a gift shop as well as other interesting stuff to look at. I love the historical building.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

It's ok if you go with kids, but if you go by yourself like I did, there is nothing for you here. There isn't any info about the building itself even. Like I said, just for kids.

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Elaine F, General Manager at Abbey House Museum, responded to this review

Dear Robert Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. There are several places in the museum where the history of the building is explained and I am sorry if you missed them. However, we have identified this is an area where people would like more information than we currently offer and are looking at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is such a good place to visit for all ages. A visit to the Abbey abd the restaurant is an excellent way to spend a morning/afternoon.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Well laid out museum full of interest. We all loved the recreated Victorian streets. All very atmospheric. Upstairs our grandson liked the old penny amusement machines. The attached gatehouse cafe is housed in a beautiful building. And the food is of a good standard.

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1 Thank joseph850
Sheffield
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This museum is great if you are a child or are with kids. However, i thought as a adult that the museum was lacking information in various parts of the building. The exhibits were great for kids, with lots to see and some stuff to do. I also, thought that the museum lacked information about the actual building. This information... More 

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Elaine F, General Manager at Abbey House Museum, responded to this review

Dear Emily Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. There are several places in the museum where the history of the building is explained and I am sorry if you missed some of them. However, we have identified this is an area where people would like more information than we currently offer and are... More 

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