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Leeds: Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

1. 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: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

2. 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: Guided City Center Walking Tour

3. 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.

Leeds: Self-Guided Treasure Hunt Experience & Sightseeing

4. 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!

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What people are saying about Leeds

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.

Really enjoyable experience. Brilliant tour guide, knowledgable, fun and made everyone feel welcome. Would definitely recommend if you enjoy, walking, history and a good look around!

Got this for my friends birthday and highly recommend! Mike was great and really knowledgable. Was a really enjoyable day with the perfect mix of learning and fun!

Sarah was excellent…We loved the tour and the history of Leeds was fascinating…I will book again with friends who loved what I had to say about it…