Abbey Light Railway

The Official Website of the Abbey Light Railway, Kirkstall, Leeds


Opening times


Normally, the railway is open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year*.

1.00pm until 5.00pm

We also operate on the Saturday of the Kirkstall Festival.


*Weather and number of volunteers permitting. We may also close early in winter if the light fades (there are no headlights on most of our engines!) or if there are no more passengers about.




Abbey Light Railway

Bridge Road,




Car Parking
There is limited parking space in our yard, which is accessed from Bridge Road, (up what appears to be a footpath to the Abbey.)
Otherwise, there is ample free parking next door at British Home Stores (but be aware of the closing time and when they shut the gates.) Across the road at Morrisons, or at the other end of the line, at the Abbey House Museum, which is a 10 minute walk through the Abbey grounds to our station.

By Rail
The nearest mainline railway station is Headingley (also shown on the map above). Trains that stop at Headingley go to and from York and Leeds, via Harrogate and are operated by Northern.
The nearest major station is Leeds, with trains to and from all over the country operated by Northern, Transpennine Express, Cross Country and National Express East Coast.
Use the Journey Planner on National Rail.

By Bus
Buses through Kirkstall are operated by First and Keighley and District (service 760), follow the links to their websites for timetables and fare information.

Drinks and Badges

Canned soft drinks and Abbey Light Railway pin badges are available upon request to the guard and are priced at 30p each.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Don't forget to mention this website when you visit, its always nice to know that someone reads it!