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Leeds Heritage Pub & Brewery Tour

A fun journey through 300 years of pub and brewing history in Leeds, with great stories, beautiful buildings and interactive activities. Drinks included.

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Drinks Included

3.5 Hours

This tour runs most Saturdays and occasional Fridays from February to November. The start time is usually 12pm, but check the calendar when booking.

A mixed gender and age group raising glasses of beer in a toast, sitting at a table in Whitelock's Ale House whilst taking part in the Leeds Heritage Pub and Brewery Tour

Description

An award-winning tour that explores over 300 years of pub and brewing heritage in Leeds, plus stories and information about the general history of Leeds too.

Begin at The Tetley, which was once the headquarters of Tetley Brewery and is now a bar operated by local Kirkstall Brewery. Discover the history of Tetley Brewery – once the largest in Britain – and explore the on-site heritage brewery artefacts.

 

The tour then visits the Adelphi, a classic late-Victorian style pub. Enjoy the vintage surroundings whilst finding out about how beer was made at a brewery in Leeds, in the 1950s.

From here, the tour takes a walk to the Duck and Drake, a pre-Victorian pub. On the way, enjoy some of the heritage sights around Leeds City Centre, including stories on early pubs and breweries, dark tales of Kirkgate (Leeds’ oldest street), the filming of one of the world’s first motion videos and lots more. At the Duck and Drake, take part in a fun group activity and then hear more about the pub’s past.

After leaving the Duck and Drake, the tour takes a short ‘Ghost Pub’ walk - pointing out buildings that used to be pubs and how to spot this in the architecture.

Venue four is the White Swan, with a fascinating history that links it to Leeds’ grand Victorian music hall - Leeds City Varieties. Here, modern maps of Leeds City Centre are handed out to explore the ever-changing landscape of breweries in the area.

The tour then wraps up at Whitelock’s Ale House. Founded in 1715 and steeped in history, take in the incredible Victorian architecture whilst hearing the pub’s story, warts and all, that has made it into the fantastic venue it is today.

Drinks are included, including non-alcoholic for those who prefer. At each stop enjoy a half a pint of traditionally brewed ale or equivalent. Alternative drinks available include alcohol-free, soft drinks, lager, or cider. Ales chosen for the tour have been curated especially to fit with the theme and the stories.

Please read Tours of Leeds' Code of Conduct before travelling

​Booking notice: To avoid cancellations, for the first booking of every tour, a minimum of two people is required. If you are booking for one person and can't book the tour date you would like, please choose another date, or try again later.

Booking

Important Information

Drinks Included
At each stop enjoy a half a pint of traditionally brewed ale or equivalent. Alternative drinks available include alcohol-free, soft drinks, lager, or cider. Ales chosen for the tour have been curated especially to fit with the theme and the stories. The tour guide will ask you at the start of the tour for your preference.

Behaviour
All guests are expected to adhere to Tours of Leeds' Code of Conduct. Please read this carefully as it also includes information on things like the costume dress policy.

Timings
The tour will begin promptly at the advertised start time, so please aim to arrive at the starting location 15 minutes prior. All venues are booked in advance and the itinerary cannot be changed if guests arrive late. The tour takes 3.5 hours, however please allow for 4 hours, just in case.

Tour Itinerary
The advertised tour itinerary is subject to change. Any changes to the starting point will be communicated to guests prior to the day of the tour.

On the Day
Some of the tour is outdoors, so please check the weather beforehand. Dress accordingly and bring an umbrella if needed. For those who look under 25 years old please bring some ID with you.

Accessibility
Not all venues on the tour are step-free access, nor have fully accessible features. If you have a specific requirement, please email hello@toursofleeds.co.uk to check.

FAQ
More answers to questions can be found on the FAQ page.

Tour Venues

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The Tetley

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Duck and Drake

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Whitelock's Ale House

The Adelphi

The Adelphi

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The White Swan

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