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Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

1. Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

Explore the stunning Emmerdale Village and visit the outdoor set where episodes of your favorite soap are brought to life. Home to the stars of Emmerdale during the week, this weekend tour gives you the chance to experience the drama for yourself. Due to the closed set location, your journey will start at The New Inn, Eccup Lane, Leeds, LS16 8AU. Board the tour bus and transfer to a secure area located within the Harewood Estate. Set off on a fully guided, outdoor walking tour and explore the village and the exterior sets of iconic locations from the TV show including The Woolpack, Café Main Street, David's Shop, and more. There will of course be plenty of time to take photos.

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

2. From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

Although the current Emmerdale TV soap is now filmed on a closed set this tour will take you to the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire. You will visit the market town of Otley and the beautiful village of Esholt in West Yorkshire, used as Hotton and Emmerdale Village in the long-running TV show. Here, you can have a drink at the inn that was once used as the fabled Woolpack, site of many of the popular TV series most memorable scenes. You’ll also drive past the farm near Leathley where Emmerdale farm was originally shot. During the tour take the opportunity to get off the bus at several occasions. Stretch your legs, take pictures of the recognizable buildings and landmarks, and see the locations from one of Britain's longest-running TV soaps.

Leeds: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

3. Leeds: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your Blue Badge-certified guide in the heart of the city. Whether a tourist or a long-time local, let your guide lead you on a fascinating journey through the history of Leeds. Discover how it has come to be the city known and loved today.  Learn the story of wool, how it made the city rich, and how the industry paved the way for some great engineers. See what must be the most beautiful factory in the world, made out of local materials. The two-hour walk will take you to some hidden corners, as well as past art galleries, arcades, markets, trading places, and pocket gardens. Pick up some quirky facts along the way. Finish back at City Square with the history of the city brought to life and lots of tour tips for making the most out of the rest of your stay.

Leeds: Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

4. Leeds: Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

Take an immersive tour of 5 traditional Leeds pubs and try some of the best beers from the area. Learn about the heritage of brewing in the region from your local guide. Begin your tour at The Tetley, which was the Headquarters for Leeds' most famous brewery, Joshua Tetley and Sons. Here, learn about the history of the brewery and look around the site. The second stop is The Adelphi, Tetley Brewery's flagship pub built in the late Victorian period. Here, learn about the history of the pub and also about the brewing process, as told through the eyes of a Leeds-based brewery in the mid-1900s. From the Adelphi, the tour walks to the Duck & Drake via other sites of historical interest. These include the location where one of the world's first motion pictures was filmed, as well as Leeds Minster church. Find out secrets, like why the nearby railway embankment is covered in gravestones. The Duck & Drake is on Kirkgate, Leeds' oldest street, and it hides a dark past. Learn about the history of the Duck & Drake, plus more about Kirkgate's reputation. Stop 4 is The White Swan on Briggate, one of the first venues to introduce music in a pub to Leeds, and the birthplace of Leeds City Varieties. Here, with the aid of maps and photos, explore other old breweries in the city and see how it compares to the modern brewing scene. Finally, the tour ends at Whitelocks Ale House, also on Briggate. At over 300 years old, this is arguably Leeds' most iconic pub, with its interior decor dating to the 1890s. Here, guests will hear stories about the rich history of Whitelocks. Learn about its time as a pub plagued with crime, to the transformation after the Whitelock family took over the pub in the 1860s. A half of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent drink for non-beer drinkers) is provided at each pub stop (5 in total) and is included in the price of the tour.

Leeds: Guided City Center Walking Tour

5. Leeds: Guided City Center Walking Tour

Get your bearings and discover Leeds with a local on a guided walking tour. Learn about local history, and gain an authentic insight into modern life in the city. Start your tour outside the Town Hall, where you will hear about the origins of the city and its importance as a textile powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution. You will then discover historic landmarks such as the Corn Exchange and Kirkgate Market. Stop outside City Varieties Music Hall, the oldest of its kind in the world. Hear more about the vibrant cultural and music scene of the modern-day. Then, stroll through bustling shopping arcades in the Victoria Quarter and uncover some hidden gems in the heart of the city.

Self-Guided Street Food Tour of Leeds

6. Self-Guided Street Food Tour of Leeds

Discover the best independent street food vendors in Leeds, on this self-guided food tour, with food included at every stop. Collect your tour pack from the start point and follow the map to six different venues. At each location, read the information cards in your pack to find out about the venue, and hand over the token in return for a choice of dishes. All venues are indoors so this can be done in any weather. The tour can be done any day of the week from 12pm, but you will need to pick up your food tour pack from the location in your confirmation email during their opening hours (Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 11am-3pm). Once collected, you can do the tour when you are ready! Each tour pack is suitable for two people, so the minimum booking number is two.

Leeds: Guided Craft Beer Tour

7. Leeds: Guided Craft Beer Tour

The meeting point for this tour is the Northern Monk Refectory. Northern Monk is one of the biggest names on the Leeds and UK craft beer scene. Situated in the Old Flax Store, here the group will visit the ground floor brewery, learn about how beer is made and sample some delicious drinks that are brewed on-site. The second stop is The Cross Keys, which dates to 1802. Amongst fantastic architecture and whilst enjoying drinks from the pubs wonderful range of traditional and modern craft brews, the tour guide talks the group through the modern history of craft beer in Britain. From The Cross Keys, the group then heads to Friends of Ham. Opened in 2012, this has been one of Leeds' trail-blazing craft beer bars of the last ten years. Here, the tour guide will answer some of the most frequently asked tour questions, such as what the difference between ale and lager is. The tour then finishes at the Turk's Head, the craft beer sister bar of 300-year-old Whitelocks. Here the tour guide will talk the group through the final beers of the tour, sourced from across the globe. A generous number of different beers are included as part of the tour, varying in style and strength. These will be served in either third pint, half-pint, or bottle/can sharing measures.

Leeds: Self-Guided Treasure Hunt Experience & Sightseeing

8. Leeds: Self-Guided Treasure Hunt Experience & Sightseeing

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Leeds. Captain Bess will send messages to your phones. She’s a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. She’ll direct you on a carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer. You’ll spot things you’d never normally notice. And don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Start at Leeds Art Gallery and parade through Victoria Arcades, explore peaceful green spaces and uncover the magnificent Corn Exchange and Kirkgate indoor market. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you’re spotting and get a better understanding of the history of Leeds. Feeling adventurous? Get ready to explore Leeds and have loads of fun!

Leeds: Local Food Tour

9. Leeds: Local Food Tour

Visit six of the best independent pubs, restaurants and market stalls in Leeds, all with a focus on local and seasonal produce and with food included at every stop. Guests will meet near Leeds train station for a short introduction to the tour and each other, before setting off to the first stop, which is one of the oldest pubs in Leeds dating back to 1715. It's a short walk, stopping a couple of times for some historical facts.  From here you will visit several other restaurants, as well as a stop in Leeds Kirkgate Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. The tour will finish in close proximity to the train station, and guests will have the chance to ask the guide any questions they have or for recommendations of where else to eat and drink in Leeds.

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What people are saying about Leeds

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 137 reviews

The guide (Duncan) was brilliant, very knowledgeable, with a great sense of humour, our driver was great too, we were taken to lots of village locations Inc original Emmerdale farm village and woolpack, where we had a drink and a look round the pub,lots of photo opportunities along the route, with a quiz on the way back to Leeds, all in all a fabulous day out, a must for Emmerdale fans esp original Emmerdale Farm fans

We were only 2 on the tour so got plenty of attention, interaction and information from tour guide. She was a student (sorry can't remember your name) and was very knowledgeable about Leeds and the buildings, arcades, places to visit and places to eat. I would recommend this tour to give you information about the history of Leeds and get your bearings of where places of interest are

Sarah, that showed us around Leeds yesterday, was very knowledgeable & made the tour very enjoyable. Gave us a great insight into the history & things to look out for & an enthusiasm to go back to explore more places visited in depth i.e. we went & had lunch in the tiled cafe at the Leeds art gallery, which is an amazing room.

Coach was on time guide was very knowledgeable thoroughly enjoyed the tour in particular the drink in the Woolpack

Great day out. Loved seeing where Emerdale was filmed for 22 years. Gave me a want to see where it's filmed now.