Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable and audible guide

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

Scheduled tours suspended for now.

Virtual tours: Series 1 in progress until 24 Jan - book here

"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've offered the 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

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.

Local college to global campus: the making of the University of Leeds

The story of how the Yorkshire College of Science became a giant of higher education.


Founded “to promote education of both sexes and to provide instruction in such sciences and arts as are applicable or ancillary to the manufacturing, mining, engineering and agricultural industries of Yorkshire”, the College started with 3 professors and 24 students.

How did it become a place with more than 38,000 students and 8,000 staff?

How has a former residential area been transformed to accommodate today’s vast range of research, teaching and learning?

Book here for 12:00 Sunday 17 January

Book here for 16:00 Sunday 17 January

The surprising history of Wellington Place

Two hundred years of change on the west side of Leeds city centre.

Now an emerging office park, this is the third major reworking of land that was covered with fields right up until the 1820s. You'll learn about the causes and results of change in this part of Leeds - on the site itself and in the surrounding area.

Book here for 12:00 Sunday 24 January

Book here for 16:00 Sunday 24 January


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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