Leeds City Council consultation on charging for entry to Kirkstall Abbey

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Kirkstall Abbey Ruins

Leeds City Council are consulting on a proposal to introduce a new entrance fee for non-Leeds residents visiting Kirkstall Abbey.

The proposal has been put forward as part of the council’s annual budget for 2022/23 and, if adopted, would contribute to the estimated £65.4million which the authority needs to save in the next financial year.

The proposed charge will be £8 for those not registered as Leeds council tax-payers. Entry would remain free for Leeds residents, with proof of address required on entry.

Under the proposal, the admission fee would be charged for access to the abbey ruins. Access to the surrounding park and green space would remain free. If the proposal goes forward then there will be reduced rates for children and certain concessions.

Some income received from the charges will be reinvested in improvements at the site, including a renovated public café and new audio tours of the abbey.

The online public survey is now open. Submit a survey here(External link). This Survey will close on Monday 20 February at 5pm.