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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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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Lovely little abbey venue excellent for a small intimate wedding, gorgeous grounds brill for photos.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Lovely little abbey venue excellent for a small intimate wedding, gorgeous grounds brill for photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Walk through the doors, and you step back in time, it even offers the oppotunity to dress in costume, the street set up is wonderous, and enter the cells if you dare an amazing place to spend a wet afternoon in

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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Although I had visited Kirkstall Abbey on several occasions I had not discovered the Abbey House Museum before. It is a lovely place to explore social history and see items from recent history. During the visit there were several school groups holding a museum experience day and I must report that their visits were organised most efficiently and the children... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

As a student this cost me £3.40 and I left feeling as though I had got my money's worth. The downstairs area is absolutely incredible. They've recreated a street from Victorian England in remarkable detail and I couldn't help grinning the whole time as I walked along the cobblestones and peered into the shop windows. It really is quite a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I was last here when my son was 3 so was apprehensive that he would be told old for i. I was wrong and he still loved it. The arts and craft section is good and the competitions for older ones keeps them entertained. My 7 year old still loved dressing up in the Victorian clothes and putting pennies in... More 

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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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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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