Travel through time at this award-winning museum of social history and childhood.
Set inside Kirkstall Abbey’s magnificent former gate house, Abbey House Museum has so much to offer! Explore three recreated Victorian streets, toys and games through time, and temporary exhibition galleries.
From a 1970s Dalek to stunning dolls houses, visitors of all ages enjoy our wonderful collection of toys in our Childhood Galleries. Whether you’re 6 or 60, spark nostalgic memories of your own childhood through our array of dolls, puppets, games and train sets. Buy some old pennies and try our quirky slot machines, including the unique ‘Murder in the Museum’!
Time travel to 1880s Leeds and explore our three recreated streets filled with fascinating objects. Pop into a Victorian pub, take a seat in the Sunday School, see shops filled with intriguing objects and peep into workers’ homes. You’ll spot something new every time you visit.
Eat, drink and shop
The original entrance to Kirkstall Abbey, the Gatehouse Café with its 12th century architecture and vaulted ceiling, now provides a unique setting for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. You can also enjoy a selection of souvenirs and gifts inspired by the museum in our delightful gift shop including themed books, costumes, vintage toys and games. Entry to our shop and café is free.
Just across the road you’ll find one of Britain’s most beautiful abbeys. Located in tranquil parkland on the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey’s stunning architecture has inspired generations. Stroll through the grounds and unlock its 866-year history through artefacts on display inside the Visitor Centre.
Visit leeds.gov.uk/kirkstallabbey to find out more.
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