Abbey House Museum

abbey house museum

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Introduction

Step into a world of nostalgia and history at Abbey House Museum, where the atmosphere of Victorian Leeds comes alive.

Immerse Yourself in Victorian Streets

The Past Comes Alive

Stroll through the meticulously recreated streets of 19th-century Leeds at Abbey House Museum. Each street, like Stephen Harding Gate—equivalent to today’s bustling high streets—offers a unique glimpse into Victorian life.

A Drink in Time

Don’t forget to stop by the Hark to Rover Inn, a replica of a traditional Victorian pub. Here, you’ll encounter objects dating back over a century from the museum’s extensive collection.

A Tale of Two Classes

The Abbey Fold area reveals the contrasting lives of the rich and the poor in Victorian England. From the cozy abode of a successful pawnbroker to the humble, chilly dwelling of a poor undertaker, this section lays bare the social disparities of the time.

Explore the Childhood Galleries

Toys Through Time

Take a journey through time in the Childhood Galleries. With an ever-growing collection of vintage toys, memorabilia, and games, you’ll spot iconic playthings from yesteryears and marvel at how they’ve evolved.

Penny Slot Entertainment

The museum is home to a plethora of original, reconditioned penny slot machines, still in fantastic working condition. Purchase an old-fashioned penny from the vending machine and relive the entertainments of the 19th century.

Spaces to Relax

Unwind in the museum’s cosy corners with a selection of books and toys designed to enrich your visit. It’s the perfect way to spend an engaging afternoon.

Special Exhibitions and Events

A Yearly Affair

Abbey House Museum introduces a new exhibition each year, drawing inspiration from themes within its vast collections. Alongside these exhibitions, an array of events run throughout the year. For the latest updates, visit our ‘What’s On’ page.

Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 12 – 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 5pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Last admission: 4.30pm

Facilities

    • Baby changing areas
    • Toilets
    • Picnic areas
    • Educational facilities
    • Play areas
    • Museum shop
    • Free parking

On-site Café

Enhance your visit with a stop at the charming on-site café. Offering a delightful range of refreshments from teas and coffees to delicious homemade pastries, the café serves as the perfect pit stop during your time-travelling adventure. It’s a cosy oasis where you can contemplate the fascinating insights you’ve gained into Victorian Leeds.

Admission Fees

Adults are welcomed at £6.50, with concessions available.

Discover the enchanting world of Victorian Leeds at Abbey House Museum; it’s a trip back in time that you won’t want to miss.

Where

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH
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