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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.

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What people are saying about Whitelock's Ale House

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Found this activity on Google to do something different in Leeds. I don't particularly like beer but it was more for my husband. Well! I enjoyed the different beers, the pubs were really Victoriana and had wonderful history. The whole experience was very enjoyable, Mike, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it a fun afternoon. I ended the tour a little tipsy so make sure you have a bite to eat beforehand (but saying that,I am a lightweight when it comes to alcohol!) Thoroughly recommend this event - all Covid safe as well. Thanks Mike for an enjoyable afternoon and Frank and Sharon who were also on our tour.

A very enjoyable afternoon. Although it is 3 hours there is not too much walking which was great. With good stops along the way and suitable for all. Very informative and knowledgable guide. With interesting interactions along the way. I have lived in Leeds all my life but learnt so much about the city and the brewing history. A very worth while trip. So glad I booked it. 5 stars.

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!

Visit some great pubs, have a few bevvies, and find out about the brewing past of Leeds while you do it! Sets you up well for the evening and a few more ales.

Excellent tour and a lovely tour guide! Would highly recommend. Some history of Leeds thrown in too, along with the history of brewing and pubs in Leeds!