About

Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable and audible guide

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

Virtual tours & the first in a new series of REAL tours: book here

Please note: 16:00 tour on 28 March is full. BUT 20:00 edition on Tues 30 March 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

Featured tours

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

Leeds Town Hall

Join me via Zoom for the story of making this landmark building and the part it has played in Leeds through more than 160 years.

The magnificent and extravagant Town Hall, designed by young architect Cuthbert Brodrick, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. With its courts, civic offices and concert hall, it was a contentious and dramatic addition to the rapidly developing town.

 

Still an emblem of Leeds, it remains at the heart of civic life, though mid-19th century locals might be surprised by aspects of the 21st century Town Hall.

Book here for 11:00

Book here for 16:00

Walking through the centuries

Trading town to regional capital - an introduction to Leeds

REAL WALKING TOUR

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 11:00 on Sunday 23 May 

Book here for 14:30 on Sunday 23 May

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 BST Sunday 28 March (fully booked, but spaces may come free)

Book here for 20:00 BST Tuesday 30 March 

Book here for REAL TOUR 14:30 Sunday 30 May 

 

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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