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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

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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Step Back in Time

Having visited many years ago as a child, I had been meaning to return so my wife & I went with our grandaughter a few weeks ago. It is very deceptive & there are many things... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited many years ago as a child, I had been meaning to return so my wife & I went with our grandaughter a few weeks ago. It is very deceptive & there are many things packed into such a small building. The recreated old streets with shops etc are excellent. The fairy tales exhibition & a small display on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant way of displaying exhibits as shops and street scenes that makes you feel that you are living the experience. Upstairs the exhibits are arranged in themes around Fairy tales and fantasies. There is a dress up area in the exhibition which seemed really popular for young children. For adults it is a walk down memory lane seeing thing from... More 

Thank GoldenEagleTwo
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love visiting this museum and my children love it too. It's interesting for all ages and the staff are friendly, enthusiastic and full of knowledge. They are always happy to talk to you to answer any questions. I could spend all day just wandering around that Victorian street! It's not expensive either, very good value for money and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is must to go and visit . The price is right and all kind of people will love kit from very young to old its a fansanating place and very well made .

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We have been going here for years, and the museum has been improved as time goes on. We love the cobbled street with all the Victorian shops as if people were still shopping there, and the accompanying living quarters. Also the toys from those times are intriguing. Well worth a visit for children or adults. Prices are very reasonable, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

A few miles west of Leeds centre on the A65 and close to Headingley is the council owned museum opposite Kirkstall Abbey. Children will particularly enjoy the old streets and shops to look around and the old penny machines. There is a nice tearoom too.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is a must visit place for anyone interested in the history of Leeds and the Abbey. Take your time going round the museum and then treat yourself to some excellent food at the cafe

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Haven't been since I was a child, now 44 with 2 of my own children and was hoping to relive a few memories- couldn't have been more happier. The 'Old Street ' museum is a delight to young and old and the staff are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The cafe is reasonably priced and the gift shop has something for... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Lovely little place though one exhibition was bigger & better then the other. The Victorian street is great & bigger than expected

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was a trip back in time. The museum is a revelation of times past and an equal to any thing that I have seen with similar presentations across all parts of England. This is a must visit when in Leeds. An amazing in site into times past and a visit to spend a reasonable amount of time to absorb... More 

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