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Artist's impression of Kirkstall Abbey
© Kirkstall Abbey
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Reconstruction of Kirkstall Abbey

This learning-package will guide you through various buildings within the monastic precinct, beginning with the gate-house that stood to the NW of the abbey, and from there moving towards the twelfth-century church and the buildings situated around the cloister, namely, the sacristy, the library, chapter-house, parlour, warming-house, day-room, monks’ dormitory, latrine block (reredorters), refectory and kitchen, as well as the lay-brothers’ quarters on the western range. You can then visit some of the buildings that stood outside the central core including the abbot’s lodgings and the infirmary in the east, and the guest complex which to the west of the western range.