June 11, 2012

3 Kirkstall Abbey

 Kirkstall Abbey is a 12th century Cistercian abbey located just three miles from Leeds city centre.  The ruined buildings are surrounded by a fair-sized open greenspace, which the locals seem to take full advantage of on a sunny day!

The bright sunshine and pale sky made for some tricky light!

Despite the park being full of picnickers, walkers, and sun-worshipers, the ruins themselves were fairly empty.
The floor says "Work and Prayer" repeated. 

It is similar to many other abbeys and priories, but its location and open grounds seem to be the great appeal to residents of this busy industrial city.  We've driven near it many times, and are glad we finally stopped to check it out- plus, it's free!


  1. Beautiful! And I love your new look!

  2. Ooooh. That is simply gorgeous! I'm more enthralled with architecture the older I get...and it makes me sad that we don't construct cool buildings like that anymore.

  3. these pictures are so great - and the place looks really neat. i've only ever been to london but i would love to make it to more of england. my best friend is living in leeds right now and its fun to see what she probably drives by regularly :)
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    you can find me at : lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com


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