Guided tour

Leeds: Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

Activity provider: Leeds Beer Tours

Leeds: Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

Activity provider: Leeds Beer Tours

From US$ 39.06 per person

Embark on a 3-hour walking tour exploring Leeds' rich beer heritage. Learn about the history of beer, brewing, and pubs in Leeds and see a variety of notable sites in the city. Visit a total of 5 pubs, with beers included.

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Duration 3 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about Leeds' Victorian heritage
  • Visit some of Leeds' finest historic pubs
  • Sample traditionally-brewed local ales
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Five half-pints of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent for non-beer drinkers)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are optional for this activity

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    Meeting point

    Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. Enter through the main entrance and head left towards the main bar. The tour guide will have a sign saying "Leeds Heritage Beer Tours" The tour guide will be wearing a blue t-shirt with the slogan "Made in Leeds"

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Rain gear

    Not allowed

    • Sportswear
    • Wearing a costume

    Know before you go

    • Some venues on the tour do not have step-free access
    • A half-pint of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent drink for non-beer drinkers) is provided at each pub stop and is included in the price of the tour
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    Overall rating

    5 /5

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    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.

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    August 16, 2021

    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.

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    July 15, 2021

    May 22, 2022

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