• Leeds tours
  • LeedsTours

©2018 by Leeds City Walking Tours. Proudly created with Wix.com

Logo by Claire Marsden

Tour titles appearing on my schedule - and I take special requests for these and other themes

  • Walking through the centuries: from origins to 21st century - how a riverside hamlet became a city

  • Cradle of Innovation: Holbeck & Hunslet - the industrial heartland south of the River Aire, where engineering was pioneered

  • Hidden gems and curious corners of Leeds city centre - all sorts of fascinating features that you might not normally notice

  • Ace architects of Victorian Leeds - introduces the main designers and their legacy

  • Death trap to digital hub: diseases, treatments and healthcare since the 18th century - health challenges and responses over 250 years

  • Reinvention of the South Bank - learn about the dramatic remaking of former industrial areas

  • Bridges of Leeds - criss-crossing the waterways, central to the story of Leeds over the centuries

  • From quills in chambers to purpose-built premises: offices through time - financial and business services have deep roots in Leeds

  • Grit and grime to exotic cladding: the building stones of Leeds - without becoming a geologist, on this walk you can learn so much about what the city’s made of and why

  • A geographer’s reflections on architecture: reading the city - consider buildings in their setting and learn some ways to make sense of cities

  • Roll up, roll up: Leeds, a trading city from hand-made cloth to high end fashion ... and beyond

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

  • Lost Leeds: demolished gems and vanished dreams - a ghost tour of sorts to some sites where the sights are not what they once were and to places where radical changes were not implemented

  • Rooftop Leeds - view the city from on high, and while walking at street level have your attention drawn to rooftop styles and features

  • Leeds in 1819 - back to Georgian Leeds, following the streets that we could have walked 200 years ago

  • Backsides of Leeds: dressed up in front and bare behind - exploring the less respectable sides of the city centre

Coming soon: ​

  • Icing on the cake? Cultural life of the city + public art - to mark 100 years since Henry Moore arrived at Leeds College of Art

  • Bright sparks of the nineteenth century – innovators of the city centre

  • Steamed up: the railways come to Leeds

  • Terraces to towers: living in the city centre

  • Power to the people – from coal to renewables, feudalism to universal franchise 

  • Beyond the city centre: tours of Richmond Hill; Little Woodhouse & Hyde Park; Chapel Allerton; Kirkstall lands in west Leeds

  • 1000 years of textiles (when I've done some more reading and can spin a better yarn)

The view from Leeds Bridge, looking downstream.

The River Aire was made more navigable back in the late 17th century so that  valuable cargoes of woollen cloth could reach the markets of mainland Europe more quickly. Time is money.