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Kirkstall Abbey

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HISTORY

It is a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall, northwest of Leeds city center in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated in a public park on the north bank of the River Aire. It was founded in 1152. It was disestablished during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.

WHY THIS PLACE

The Leeds Shakespeare Festival, run by the British Shakespeare Company, was held annually in the cloisters from 1995 to 2009. The Abbey Gardens are a public park and are used for occasional events such as the annual Kirkstall Festival and the Kirkstall Fantasia Outdoors.

CURIOSITIES

On September 10 and 11, 2011, the Kaiser Chiefs played two concerts at Kirkstall Abbey to a maximum audience of 10,000 each day. The BBC Television series 'Gunpowder' (2017) used Kirkstall Abbey as a location.

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