Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England
Kirkstall Abbey is one of Yorkshire's finest ruined Cistercian abbey's. It was founded in the 12th-century from which much of the building survives surprisingly well, although the wall of one side of the church tower does appear somewhat precarious. However, what remains of this beautiful ruin, set beside the River Aire, has recently been the subject of renovation and the romantic ruin is completely safe.
Historically, Kirkstall Abbey was founded by monks from Fountains Abbey in 1152, it flourished until November 1539 when it was closed in Henry VIII's Dissolution, and the monks pensioned off.
Over the centuries the mystery and mystique of this beautiful site has drawn the attention of the artists Turner, Thomas Girtin and Moses Griffith, all who came to paint it.
Several noted historians are believed to prefer the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey over those of the more famous abbey's of Fountains and Rievaulx. Even to the untrained eye, it is easy to understand why, for what is left is outstandingly beautiful, immediately capturing the imagination as to what this great place must have looked like centuries ago when the great bell tolled, calling the monks back from their labours.
The most impressive parts to see are the ruins of the Church, the Tower, the Transept and Chapter House. Perhaps the Cloisters where the monks would gather for quiet contemplation, reading and writing are the most evocative and tranquil part of this lovely ruined abbey.
Please upload your photos of Kirkstall Abbey or see below for towns & villages near Kirkstall Abbey and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.
in the county of West Yorkshire(2.9 miles, 4.7 km, direction SE)
In the middle ages Leeds was a wool centre and it flourished. The sheep on the Yorkshire moors providing the wool for the cottage craft industry of spinning and weaving. The.....
in the county of West Yorkshire(6.7 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW)
Otley is a beautiful old town with attractive buildings in medieval courts and alleyways and a lovely parish church that dates back to Norman times...
This perfectly preserved village originated as an answer to Bradford's 'dark satanic mills', it was the brain-child of industrialist Sir Titus Salt, who in the early 19th-century.....
in the county of West Yorkshire(10.5 miles, 16.9 km, direction SE)
Wakefield was the capital of Yorkshire's woollen industry for more than 700 years, it was an important weaving and dying centre as far back as the 13th century...
in the county of West Yorkshire(10.6 miles, 17.1 km, direction W)
Harden lies in the famous countryside area between Cullingworth and Bingley surrounded by rivers and meadows. It is a favoured commuter base for those working in nearby Bradford...All towns in West Yorkshire
Formerly the largest woollen mill in the world, Armley Mills is now a museum which explores the rich industrial past of Leeds...
The Royal Armouries Museum occupies a dazzling modern building set beside the river. At nightfall it becomes one of the town's.....