Leeds Heritage Pub and Beer Tour

Discover Leeds’ rich beer heritage on this 3 hour walking tour around the city. Learn about the history of brewing beer and visit historic pubs on the route. There’s a total of 5 pubs, with beers included along the way.

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Embark on a 3-hour walking tour exploring Leeds’ rich beer heritage. Learn about the history of beer, brewing, and pubs in Leeds and see a variety of notable sites in the city.

Duration: 3 hours
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Language: English


  • Learn more about Leeds’ Victorian heritage
  • Visit some of Leeds’ finest historic pubs
  • Sample traditionally-brewed local ales

Full description

Join Mike from Leeds Beer Tours and explore over 300 years of beer in Leeds, including visits to iconic locations across the City Centre. Learn about the heritage of beer in the city, whilst enjoying five half pints of delicious ale along the way, all included in the price.

The tour begins at The Tetley, which was the headquarters for Leeds’ most famous brewery, Joshua Tetley and Son. Here, learn about the history of the brewery & look around the site.

The second stop is The Adelphi, Tetley Brewery’s flagship pub built in the late Victorian period. Here, learn about the history of the pub and about the brewing process, as told through the eyes of a Leeds-based brewery in the mid-1900s.

From the Adelphi, the tour walks to the Duck & Drake via other sites of historical interest. These include the location where one of the world’s first motion pictures was filmed & Leeds Minster church. Find out why the nearby railway embankment is covered in gravestones! The Duck & Drake is on Kirkgate, Leeds’ oldest street with a dark past. Learn about the history of the Duck & Drake, plus more about Kirkgate’s reputation.

Stop four is The White Swan on Briggate, one of the first venues to introduce music in a pub to Leeds, and the birthplace of Leeds City Varieties. Here, with the aid of maps and photos, explore other old breweries in the city & how it compares to the modern brewing scene.

Finally, the tour ends at Whitelocks Ale House, also on Briggate. At over 300 years old, this is arguably Leeds’ most iconic pub, with its internal decor dating to the 1880s. Here, guests will hear stories about the rich history of Whitelocks. From its time as a pub plagued with crime, to the transformation after the Whitelock’s family took over the pub in the 1860s.


✔ Guided tour
✔ Tastings of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent for non-beer drinkers)

Meeting Point
The Tetley, Leeds

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sportswear

Know before you go

  • Some venues on the tour do not have step-free access
  • A half-pint of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent drink for non-beer drinkers) is provided at each pub stop and is included in the price of the tour