About

Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable and audible guide

I'm Rachael Unsworth, urban geographer and enthusiastic communicator.

Watch this space for news about public tours after Monday 14 September 2020 - decisions soon.

Private tours are still possible. Numbers limited to 5 per tour from Monday 14 September 2020.

 Get in touch (opens email) to ask about dates, themes and prices

Customer survey findings - July 2020
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For a taster, click here for some short tours recorded for East Leeds FM.

And here I talk about the River Aire flowing through Leeds: 


When I’m not engaging groups of tourists with fascinating information about Leeds, I research and write about many Leeds topics. Cities never stand still and I'm endlessly interested in understanding the causes and effects of change.

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In 2018 Leeds: Cradle of Innovation was published. Local historian Steve Burt and I compiled an impressive set of stories about innovators past and present. It's beautifully illustrated and altogether gorgeous.

World At One BBC Radio 4
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Featured tours

Prepare to be hooked on the history and geography of our regional capital

How green is our city?

By 2020, all communities around the world were to aim to meet the targets set out in their Local Agenda 21. These documents were drawn up in the 1990s to shift towards sustainability by integrating economy, environment and society.

How far has Leeds got? What more remains to be done?

Come and explore parts of the city with me and be inspired to continue the drive towards enhanced wellbeing, resource efficiency, environmental quality and social equity.

Book here for 8 October.

Walking through the centuries:

trading town to regional capital

New to Leeds? Or lived here for ages without learning much about your city? 

Come with me from earliest times to the present day - Kirkgate to the West End. I'll explain how a little town where cloth was traded became the regional capital and a major centre for financial services, healthcare, learning and digital creativity. 

Want reassurance that this will be worthwhile and enjoyable? Read some of the reviews left by walkers since early 2019. 

Book here for 3 October

Rooftop Leeds in evening light – with special cocktail as a finale

View the city from on high and while walking at street level have your attention drawn to rooftop styles and features.

Looking down from tall buildings gives a different perspective on the city. Come with me to some especially good view points and learn about what we can see. No mountaineering or base-jumping skills required. Not advised for those who don’t like lifts or heights. If you like cocktails you’ll enjoy a refreshing ‘High Rise’ – specially created for this evening.

A tour for alumni returning to Leeds after 50 years

The group asked for a campus tour in the morning of their reunion. After a pub lunch they came with me to see how much of the city centre they still recognised. Some surprises were in store. as well as some familiar old favourites.

"Everybody found the itinerary interesting and they all enjoyed your commentary. It was particularly interesting to see bits of Leeds that we didn't know existed and to hear about its evolution and plans for the future. I was amazed how much knowledge you were able to share with us. The tour certainly helped to make our reunion weekend a successful one”.

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This is part of the map of Leeds in the early 20th century.

Can you still find your way around? 

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