Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM - KIRKSTALL ABBEY


On my way from Scotland back to the airport in Manchester, I stopped in Leeds to visit with my dear friends, the Doorman-Priest family. DP, the paterfamilias of the family, who blogs at The World of Doorman-Priest, took me first to visit Kirkstall Abbey and the Abbey House Museum. I'd seen the Abbey situated high above the road when I was in Leeds last year and liked the looks of it, and DP told me that it was worth a visit, and indeed it was. In truth, I never saw an old church ruin that I didn't like and want to visit.

The morning started off with rain as DP and I headed for the Abbey grounds after coffee near my hotel. By the time we arrived at the site, the sky was lightening and the rain was less. We visited the House Museum first.

Welcome to Abbey House Museum where you can experience the sights and sounds of life in Victorian Leeds in the year 1880! A journey through the carefully recreated streets and houses of Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family.

And so it is - a mini-replica of a High Street with shops containing vintage artifacts from the late Victorian period. My favorite was the pub, which was nicely done and which you see pictured below. I believe the pub was DP's favorite spot, too.



Below is a photo of a vintage artifact dressed in a vintage artifact. DP made me do it! I blame him.



On to Kirkstall Abbey, but in another post. The Abbey deserves a better placement than following the above. The things I do for you people!