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About
Leeds City Walking Tours

Engaging, knowledgeable, experienced and audible guide

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

I offer a mix of online presentations and real tours.

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

Featured tours

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

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Rooftop Leeds

Looking down from tall buildings gives a different perspective on the ever-evolving city.

 

Come with me to some especially good view points (not the tallest) and learn about what we can see.​

If you like cocktails you’ll enjoy a refreshing finale at our final high perch.

Tickets: limited number and over 18s only.

Might be the last chance this summer.

Book here for 19:00 Wed 6 July

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Commission your own special tour?

Choose: 

  • 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 anniversary 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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Waterways and bridges of Leeds 

A summer evening walk that explains how the river, canal & crossing points are central to the story of Leeds over the centuries

The River Aire has been used and abused. It's yielded water, fish and power. It's acted as a trade artery and a drain. It's brought prosperity and disaster.

The completion of the Navigation and then the Leeds & Liverpool Canal made Leeds an inland port.

Learn about the changing economic and water environment, the harnessing of the river, the investment in channels, weirs, wharfs, crossings and flood defences.

And what role will the waterways play in the future of the city?

Book here for 19:00 Wed 28 June

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