Leeds University Union Medieval Society: Kirkstall Abbey Trip

The LUU Medieval Society is starting an exciting year of events with a trip to nearby Kirkstall Abbey, which will include browsing at the Kirkstall Market.

The LUU Medieval Society promotes a thriving community of medievalists in the University and city of Leeds, and anyone with an interest in the Middle Ages is encouraged to join. The University of Leeds, the city of Leeds, and indeed the whole of Yorkshire is a rich area for the study of the Middle Ages, and LUU Medieval Society events seek to explore this heritage through trips, workshops, and other events such as medieval-themed movie or game nights. 

Membership costs £5. For more information about the benefits of membership and events, see the website here.

Kirkstall Abbey Trip

Society organisers will meet participants at the Parkinson Building steps at 13:00; from here, the organisers will coordinate group transportation from the University of Leeds by bus or taxi to Kirkstall Abbey. The Kirkstall Abbey Market will be running during the visit to the abbey, and features over 40 unique stalls, selling hand-made crafts and local produce from across Yorkshire in a glorious setting. 

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country, and the ruins date to the 12th century. Some of the most striking ruins include an abbey guesthouse, the breathtaking church, and a well-preserved cloister around which other monastic buildings, such as the kitchen, chapter house, and more, are built. 

The afternoon will conclude with refreshments at the Kirkstall Bridge Inn, for any participants who are interested.

Market purchases, refreshments, and transportation costs (which will be minimal) will be covered by individual participants. 

Contact information

Twitter: @luumedievalsoc

Email: luumedievalsociety@gmail.com