Completed between 1152 and 1182, Kirkstall Abbey still stands substantially to its full height, the massive structure presenting a unique example of early Cistercian architecture. Although its community was disbanded in 1539, it continues to attract the attention of increasing numbers of visitors, as no other building so completely illustrates this early period of English monastic life.
In 1890 the site was bought and presented to Leeds Corporation who opened the ruins and grounds to the public in 1893. The Abbey has recently benefited from a major improvement project and the opening of a new visitor centre.
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Map and aerial view of Leeds showing the location of Kirkstall Abbey, 12th centrury Abbey at Latitude 53.820912 / Longitude -1.606144.
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