By Bus

Please also note that this year Vesper Lane will be closed to through traffic. Where possible PLEASE try to use public transport, it’ll help to make your day run smoothly.

From Bramley: Buses 38, 49 and 91, alight at Kirkstall Leisure Centre and walk along to the Abbey (5 mins).

From Hawksworth: bus 50 travels along Morris Lane. Alight opposite Abbey Walk and walk down the hill past the Abbey House Museum (2 mins).

From Headingley: Bus 91, alights on Kirkstall Lane opposite Kirkstall Leisure Centre and walk along to the Abbey (5 mins).

From city: buses 33, 34 and 757 travel along Kirkstall Road and Abbey Road and stop directly outside the Abbey. Buses 35, 60 and 508 also travel along Kirkstall Road, alight at Kirkstall Morrisons and walk along Abbey Road to the Abbey (5 mins).

From Horsforth: buses 33, 34 and 757 stop directly opposite the Abbey.

By Train

The nearest train station (Headingley)  is ¼ mile walk from Abbey House museum.The new Kirkstall Forge Station on the Airedale and Wharfedale Line. Walk up through the Kirkstall Forge site (and have a sneak peek at the site under construction) or along the towpath for a more leisurely route to the Abbey / Festival.  Services are available to Leeds, Skipton/Ilkely and Bradford, please check for times of services.Please contact Metroline for up to date travel information on 0113 245 7676 or see the Journey Planner on

Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking is on the tarmacked Abbey House car park off Abbey Walk, please show your Blue Badge pass to the staff at the entrance to the car park. There is step free access to the Abbey via the Abbey House gardens.

Car Parking

A free car park will be available at Kirkstall Festival. We would however ask you to consider public transport if you can as it will really help us on the day, and will make your day easier (it gets VERY busy with cars).

Please follow the signage and instructions from the staff running the car park. . Vesper Lane will be runnings as a ONE-WAY system on the day – he car park can only be entered via Abbey Walk. If approaching one the A65 towards Leeds please use the bus lane once you pass The Vesper Gate Pub to access the car park, this stretch of the bus lane will be officially suspended. DO NOT use the bus lane after you have passed Abbey Walk.

Staff will be working VERY hard on Saturday to help you arrive safely and as quickly as possible so why not wind down your window and tell them what a good job they’re doing!

Note: There is likely to be heavy traffic and extra delays between 12:15 and 13:15 due to the procession.