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Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable, experienced and audible guide

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

A new series of REAL tours: book here

Are you interested in a private tour for your group, company or family? 

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

& vouchers - excellent gift for a special occasion.

Brief appearance in 'A House Through Time' BBC2 Sept 2021 (Episode 1, near the end)

 Click here for some short tours recorded for East Leeds FM.

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

If you attend a free online event, I invite contributions here:

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

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John Barran - born 3 August 1821 - entrepreneur in business and civic life

This remarkable, far-sighted businessman, innovator and politician, who lived 1821-1905, made so many contributions to Leeds.

Arriving in Leeds as a young man, he established a tailoring business and brought in ground-breaking machinery to revolutionise the pace and scale of production. He could be said to have invented ready-made clothing.

As a town councillor, he supported many improvements and 150 years ago, while serving as mayor, he audaciously secured a public asset still much appreciated today: Roundhay Park.

More tours to be scheduled in 2022 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the grand opening of Roundhay Park. 

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Commission your own special tour?


  • a general introduction to the city - with start and finish to suit you

  • one of the topics you can find here

  • a theme that fits with the interests and stamina of your family/friends

  • a route that will strike a chord with your organisation's focus - such as engineering history, greening of the city, an aspect of architectural history. (I've taken on some interesting challenges). 

Give me a call: 07712 739153

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

Stuck for a gift idea? Give a tour voucher

  • as a welcome to Leeds

  • as a birthday🎁 or Christmas present 🎄

Request a voucher with the name of the recipient(s) - you can specify the wording and choose a topic or leave it up to the guest to choose.

Each voucher includes a unique code to be quoted on booking a tour.

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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 talk at 10:30 Thursday 2 December - a Leeds Museum and Leeds Phil & Lit event

Book here for 29 December 

Morning - Part 1 

Afternoon - Part 2


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