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Stroll Through the Streets of Leeds

Our tour will begin at Leeds Town Hall. These buildings, along with railway stations, were the cathedrals of Victorian Britain and a statement of civic pride in the growing industrial towns of the north. Leeds has one of the finest. Next door is the Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. With its international piano festival, Opera North, theatre and art college Leeds is the cultural capital of Yorkshire.

From Leeds
Online Experience
1 Hour 15 Minutes
United Kingdom
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Live streamed, walking tour showcasing Victorian buildings and markets of Leeds
  • Visit the Town Hall, Corn Exchange, the Calls, Leeds Bridge among a lot more attractions
  • Highly interactive tour with your lively local guide
Description

The city of Leeds boasts the finest of architecture. The buildings, along with the railway stations, were the cathedrals of Victorian Britain and a statement of civic pride in the growing industrial towns of the north. We will start this online walking tour from Leeds Town Hall and head to the Leeds City Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute. With its international piano festival, Opera North, Theatre, and Art College, Leeds is the cultural capital of Yorkshire.

Moving ahead, we will walk through some of the city’s famous shopping arcades including Thorntons, the first to be built in 1877. Then we will reach Briggate, the famous shopping street where the city started as a small town by a bridge on the River Aire in the early 1200s. Across this pedestrianized street we enter the Victorian Arcades. These are said to be some of the finest in Britain and are lined with upmarket shops fitted to the sumptuous architecture. 

Out on the other side and across Vicar Lane we have the Kirkgate Markets. Indoors and outdoors, these are said to make up the largest market in Europe. It is at this place where Michael Marks of Marks and Spencer started his business. On his stall, he had a sign: ‘Don’t ask the price: it’s a penny’.

From the open market at the back, we will be able to see the performing arts quarter including the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Ballet. Also here is the enormous Quarry House, the headquarters of the National Health Service and nicknamed ‘the Kremlin’. 

Next, we visit the Leeds Corn Exchange where wheat was once bought and sold. It has a rare oval-shaped dome and is now a boutique shopping centre, another place to shelter from sometimes troublesome Yorkshire weather. We will be close to an area named 'Calls', a district full of bars and clubs that come to life at night. On the other side of this small quarter is Leeds Bridge, which has existed since the 1200s. 

After crossing the bridge, we will have the option of choosing a direction. On one side we have the famous Tetley Brewery and the Royal Armouries, a national museum of armour and weapons moved here from the Tower of London in the 1990s, while on the other side we will have the opportunity to walk along the River Aire to Holbeck, an old industrial quarter now restored with some of the city’s finest industrial architecture like the TempleWorks which has what was once the largest room in the world.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 35 GBP per screen or as a private tour for 80 GBP and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Mike Wilson

I have been a guide for around 20 years, starting in London and then gradually spreading my wings to include all of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 

Over the years, I have come to specialise in small and educational groups. From time to time I have done work for the British Council, taking higher education representatives from various countries around universities in the U.K.

You could say that I am a failed academic with a lifelong interest in European history, culture and landscape who still dips his toes in academia but earns his living from guiding.

From USD 49 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.