One of Britain's best preserved abbeys, Kirkstall Abbey was founded by a party of Cistercian monks from Fountains Abbey and was closed down in November 1539 in the Dissolution of religious houses ordered by Henry VIII. One of the most important historical buildings in Leeds. Built between 1152 and 1182 on the northern bank of River Aire, the Abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks and lay brothers. After its dissolution in 1539 the abbey’s windows, roofs and much of the stonework were steadily removed for use in local building projects and this helps explain its current partially-ruined appearance. Nevertheless, Kirkstall is still preferred by many historians to other Cistercian abbeys such as those found at Fountains and Rievaulx. Many famous artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Girtin and Moses Griffith came to paint Kirkstall Abbey's picturesque ruins. Today large parts of the Abbey can still be seen and explored free of charge.
Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey
Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey (about 5km West of Ripon).
Adjacent to the Deer Park of Studley Royal is Fountains Abbey (admission fee). This is not only the ruins of the abbey, but also the immactlately tended water gardens and associated walks and follies. This really is a splendid place to spend the day (in conjunction with Studley Royal). You can park at either Studley Royal or at the special visitors centre car park which is nearer the abbey.
Authentic and cheap Japanese noodles
No sushi here just Ramon noodle dishes and Japanese curries with a few other Asian dishes thrown in. It doesnt look anyhting special and the decoris downmarket but the food is so good for the price and huge portions.
The guy who runs the place is so friendly even if his English aint so good.
But dont dress up and just enjoy no-pretentious good food. Even if dishes do come out when they are ready and not altogether!! Ramen
SO MUCH CHOICE IN ONE RESTAURANT
I was very excited by the opening of this restaurant. I have been passing it on my way to work every morning for the past two months while the signs in the window reported "OPENING SOON". I was beginning to give up hope of it ever opening.
The sign in the window promised cuisine from over seven countries of the world.
When the restaurant finally opened, I could not wait to try it and I was not disappointed.
Once inside the restaurant you are transported to an airport lounge complete with check in desk.
There is a bar upstairs to sit and have a drink whilst you look at the menu.
As you go down stairs to the restaurant, you pass through the body of an aeroplane complete with overhead lockers.
I loved the ambiance of the restaurant with statues and artefacts from around the world including a Chinese terracotta warrior and lanterns as well as Thai statues.
Once seated we ordered drinks then went to discover if the food was as diverse as promised on the advertising. It was not...it was better.
The live stations were fantastic with chef's cooking pasta, noodles, stir-fry, Swiss potatoes and Indian breads to order.
A selection of curries with rice, pakora, naan bread, bhaji's and samosa's
Spare ribs, prawn toast, crispy pancakes [you make them up yourself], spring rolls, dim sum and stir-fry.
Pizza, Lasagne and pasta.
Quesadilla's, taco's and nacho's with salsa
Sushi and teppanyakki
Flavoured chicken [BBQ, lemon and pepper and peri peri.] and corn on the cob.
A selection of Thai and Malaysian curries
Shepard's pie, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and apple crumble with custard.
Other stations included
A salad bar [Moroccan, Greek and Mediterranean] and a choice of breads and cheeses.
A vegetable selection
A seafood bar
An amazing dessert section including ice cream [10 varieties] with toppings and sauces, delicious cakes, fresh fruit and jelly I loved the chinese selection, tikka masala curry and the creme brulee.
LEEDS CITY MUSEUM
The building was built in the late 1880’s as a mechanics institute. It was built by Cuthbert Broderick, who also built the town hall and corn exchange. The building later became Leeds civic theatre. It is now Leeds city museum, which has a range of interesting displays and exhibitions
Monday closed (with the exception of Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 10 am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11 am -5pm