About

Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable and audible guide

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

Virtual tours: Series 2 now shaping up - book here

Please note: 16:00 tour on 28 Feb is full. BUT 20:00 edition still has capacity.

"Thank you so much for brightening up my Sundays.

I really appreciate the amount of work you must put into your talks, which are both informative and enjoyable." Jennifer

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I offered the first series of virtual tours for free, but if you've enjoyed any events, perhaps you'd like to make a donation?

Secure PayPal button here. A little bit of income will encourage me to schedule some more.

 

I take advance bookings for private tours.

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

& vouchers - excellent gift for a special occasion.

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:

World At One BBC Radio 4
00:00 / 04:24

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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.

The making of Chapel Allerton – hamlet to suburb

If you missed the event in November, here's another chance - in fact two more chances, as the 16:00 tour was already nearly full a month in advance, so I've added an 20:00 edition. 

 

You'll learn  more about a rural retreat for merchants of the pre-industrial era attracted entrepreneurs, bankers and other prosperous families in the nineteenth century.

As the population of Leeds grew and the trams made the village more accessible, so housing developments filled in fields and former gardens.

You'll see a sequence of maps and gain an overview of the evolving settlement, some of the main players and some of most notable and quirky features of this fascinating little place that long ago became engulfed in the city of Leeds.

If you grew up in this area, you’ll find it fascinating. If you’re a relative newcomer it’ll help you to understand more about your new setting. Even if you’re far from Leeds, you might apply to other places the techniques of delving into the current urban landscape to discover the fundamentals and the processes of change.

Book here for 16:00 Sunday 28 February 

Book here for 20:00 Sunday 28 February

Leeds in 1821 

Two hundred years ago Leeds was in the thick of the ‘industrial revolution’. Who were the influential people and what were the main events of note? How were the townspeople earning their living and what were they concerned about? What was the state of health care, education and cultural life? How did people, materials, goods, energy and ideas move around? Where was it all heading?

 

We’ll meet some of the characters and see some of the places where they lived and learned, worked and worshipped, dispensed medical care, justice, credit or beer.

 

Drawing on the newly published trade directory, the 1821 Census, biographies, maps and more we’ll conjure a sense of late Georgian Leeds – minus the smoke.

Book here for 16:00 GMT Sunday 28 March

 

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? 

It would be great to hear from you

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