ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM
Just a short bus journey out of the centre along Kirkstall Road, you’ll find the Abbey House Museum directly opposite the 12th century Abbey ruins. Hidden away in this grade II listed gatehouse building is an interactive museum which has authentically recreated streets of shops, houses, and pubs that you were likely to see in Leeds during the Victorian era.
Here, you can walk down the street of Stephen Harding Gate, the Victorian equivalent of a modern high street; and even step foot in a traditional Victorian drinking house named Hart to Rover Inn. But that’s not all this hidden gem has to offer; upstairs in the museum are the childhood galleries, a fascinating collection of 19th century toys and games, for you to spot your own childhood toys and see just how much they’ve changed. With a family card costing £11, or even less with a LeedsCard, Abbey House will be sure to take you on a trip back in time for a very reasonable price.
Abbey Walk, Leeds, LS5 3EH
HORSFORTH VILLAGE MUSEUM
If you like the sound of Abbey House Museum, you’ll be sure to love Horsforth Village Museum. As many of us consider Horsforth to be just one of the many suburbs of Leeds, it may come as a shock to learn that Horsforth was once the largest village in England, so it’s no wonder this sleepy suburb has enough history to fill its own museum.
Opened over 20 years ago, the museum is made up of five display rooms which all display collections of furniture, antiques, and other objects which reflect Horsforth’s heritage. Have a rummage through artefacts of World War 1 and 2 in the Horsforde room, where you’ll also be told the story of corvette HMS Aubretia and its vital role in apprehending the German enigma machine. Elsewhere in the museum, you’ll also be able to delve into the history of Horsforth in their extensive collection of photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and documents. This is arguably one for a slightly older crowd, but nonetheless, a genuinely insightful day out for couples, families, or even just yourself!
5 The Green, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5JB