Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kirkstall Abbey

Long time no see. Sorry for that...

Yes, I am still alive.

Western Elevation

As you're already aware of, I am obsessed by ruins - a beauty of destruction... 

Lay brothers' dormitory

Kirkstall Abbey, founded in AC 1152 by Abbot Alexander, is a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall north-west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire, England. It is fortunate that the abbey buildings escaped the wholesale destruction and plunder that took place elsewhere, which made Kirkstall abbey the most complete set of Cistercian ruins in Britain. 

Novices' quarter

The abbey today is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is now home to a visitor centre with interactive exhibits after a £5.5m renovation programme.

Unlike most of famous abbeys, it is free of charge!!!

It's open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 16:30 (April to September), from 10:00 to 16:00 (October to March).


It is situated in a public park on the north bank of the River Aire. For more info, please visit visitor's information.


  1. I love ruins as well and love to learn about their history. If stones could talk....

  2. Amazing !!!! ~~~ I love ruins ~ their stories are unspoken !


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