Explore our city

Explore Leeds with these tours and trails. Enjoy behind the scenes access of theatres and stadiums, discover secrets of the city with guided walking tours or explore on your own with self-guided trails.

Leeds Town Hall through blossom, credit Carl Milner

WALKING TOURS

Leeds is bursting with attractions, beautiful architecture and Victorian heritage, but can be easily explore on foot due to the compact city, making it perfect for a walking tour.
Blue Badge Guides cover Leeds and the wider area and have a breadth of knowledge, walks can be tailored to suit your interests. Blue Badge Guides are members of the Yorkshire Society; a not-for-profit society promoting Yorkshire’s economy, history and culture. They have been accredited the ‘We’re Good to Go’  industry standard which indicates they are adhering to government and public health guidance.

Leeds Civic Trust can create bespoke tours to suit your needs. Or join one of their Supper Walks, an informative and enjoyable way to spend a spring evening in Leeds.

Leeds City Walking Tours run regular walks exploring the history of the city and discovering hidden gems.

Leeds Walking Tours give you the chance to feel the energy of this vibrant city and discover its heritage with a walking tour led by professional Blue Badge Registered Guides. Meet every Saturday, 11am at the Black Prince Statue, City Square. They have been accredited the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard!

Join Leeds Black History Walk for a walk that exposes unseen narratives and recent history in order to provoke both questions and positivity, and to inspire the people of Yorkshire.

Leeds Art Walk is a free monthly tour of exhibitions in Leeds.

Tales of a City Tours are monthly walking tours around Leeds city centre, led by tour guides with a refugee background.

The large mural entitled Cornucopia near Kirkgate Market, Leeds - credit Visit Leeds

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Download one of the self-guided trails from our Maps and More page or pick up a printed copy from Leeds Visitor Centre. The trails cover a range of topics and interests, from Marks & Spencer Heritage and Potts Clocks to Leeds Industrial Heritage and the History of Medicine. Street art has made a splash in Leeds in recent years, bringing a burst of colour to the city’s buildings. Follow the street art trail to discover the striking works. Or follow the architecture trail to find the city’s architectural wonders.

YOU ARE HERE is a temporary poster exhibition by workerslunchtime on the streets of Leeds to coincide with Heritage Open Days 2020. Ten maps, through three centuries, show the development of a small, riverside, Yorkshire Dales town into a major city through various industrial revolutions. The beautiful, grubby, old maps are sequenced backwards in time from 1932 (no1) to 1726 (no10). Find out more here.

The beautiful architecture of King Edward Street in Leeds, credit Wide Oyster

HISTORY & HERITAGE

Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the city’s most striking and iconic buildings. Join a FREE Leeds Kirkgate Market Heritage Tour to discover more, booking essential.

The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK and was founded in 1768. A good way to sample the library is to attend a tour which are held on the first Saturday and the middle Wednesday of the month.

On the Hidden Temple Newsam Tours learn how the servants got around the House unseen and follow the underground tunnel to get from one side of the building to the other. Find out what was kept in the cellars, who the Blue Lady was and what happened to poor Phoebe Gray? The tour is free with normal admission to the House.

Kirkstall Abbey’s Monks, Mead and Medieval Leeds (recommencing March 2020) tour is a guided tour with resident monk Bernard, taking you through the majestic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Discover the incredible history of the medieval abbey, find out why the monks made Kirkstall their home and enjoy a traditional taster of mead.

Billy Bremner Statue

STADIUM TOURS

Leeds United Stadium Tours give you exclusive access behind the scenes. Official Stadium tours at Elland Road include a visit to the player’s dressing rooms, the chance to walk up the tunnel and experience a feeling only known to Leeds United players. You can even take the Manager’s seat in the dugout!

Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground tours allows you access to restricted areas and gives you an insight into what happens on a daily basis and on match days at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. This experience encompasses the Museum and the Long Room in the East Stand; the Players’ Dining and Changing Rooms (subject to availability); the Media Centre (which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the cricket ground and the city of Leeds) and the new Emerald Stand.

The bar at Whitelocks, the oldest pub in Leeds, credit Proud Fox Creative

FOOD & DRINK TOURS

Bring your appetite for Leeds Food Tours: Discover the best independent pubs, restaurants and more, taste the best produce that Yorkshire has to offer and learn the importance of eating and drinking local – with a bit of history thrown in too!

Get behind the scenes of the brewing process with a tour at Northern Monk before sampling their ales in the refectory.

Join North Brew Co at 3pm on Saturdays to walk, talk and enjoy some tasty beer.

Have a go at brewing your own cask ale with Quirky Ales Brew School.

Or hop on a mini-bus and visit all three on one of Brewtown’s Leeds Brewery Tours.

Leeds Gin Journey is a chaffeur driven tour of five fabulous venues complete with plenty of gin!

The Emmerdale Tour by Continuum Attractions

EMMERDALE

Discover secrets and facts behind the making of the multiple award-winning TV soap, Emmerdale. Take a guided walk of the set on the beautiful Harewood Estate and see the familiar haunts of Home Farm, Bob’s Café and The Woolpack. Combine this with a visit to The Emmerdale Studio Experience where you’ll see set reconstructions, preserved props and costumes and the secrets behind stunts and special effects. Or hop on a bus tour of Classic Emmerdale Locations.

Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales - credit Welcome to Yorkshire

FURTHER AFIELD

Explore the beauty of the surrounding countryside and coast with a private tour from BOBH – Day Tours of Yorkshire. Picking up from a location of your choosing in Leeds, choose a tour of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Haworth or Whitby. These tours are dog friendly too!

Hop on a Kee Travel coach, picking up in several local areas, for a wide range of tours including Bridlington, Blackpool, Alnwick and more.

For something a little unusual, how about a tour in a tuktuk? Love TukTuks offer tours of the Yorkshire Dales running from Ilkley, Skipton and Harrogate. A unique travel and sightseeing experience for two passengers in an eyecatching Piaggio Ape Calessino TukTuk!