Things to do in Leeds

Our most recommended things to do in Leeds

Leeds: Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

1. Leeds: Emmerdale Village Set Guided Tour

Explore the stunning Emmerdale Village and visit the outdoor set where episodes of your favorite soap are brought to life. Home to the stars of Emmerdale during the week, this weekend tour gives you the chance to experience the drama for yourself. Due to the closed set location, your journey will start at The New Inn, Eccup Lane, Leeds, LS16 8AU. Board the tour bus and transfer to a secure area located within the Harewood Estate. Set off on a fully guided, outdoor walking tour and explore the village and the exterior sets of iconic locations from the TV show including The Woolpack, Café Main Street, David's Shop, and more. There will of course be plenty of time to take photos.

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

2. From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

Although the current Emmerdale TV soap is now filmed on a closed set this tour will take you to the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire. You will visit the market town of Otley and the beautiful village of Esholt in West Yorkshire, used as Hotton and Emmerdale Village in the long-running TV show. Here, you can have a drink at the inn that was once used as the fabled Woolpack, site of many of the popular TV series most memorable scenes. You’ll also drive past the farm near Leathley where Emmerdale farm was originally shot. During the tour take the opportunity to get off the bus at several occasions. Stretch your legs, take pictures of the recognizable buildings and landmarks, and see the locations from one of Britain's longest-running TV soaps.

Leeds: Guided City Center Walking Tour

3. Leeds: Guided City Center Walking Tour

Get your bearings and discover Leeds with a local on a guided walking tour. Learn about local history, and gain an authentic insight into modern life in the city. Start your tour outside the Town Hall, where you will hear about the origins of the city and its importance as a textile powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution. You will then discover historic landmarks such as the Corn Exchange and Kirkgate Market. Stop outside City Varieties Music Hall, the oldest of its kind in the world. Hear more about the vibrant cultural and music scene of the modern-day. Then, stroll through bustling shopping arcades in the Victoria Quarter and uncover some hidden gems in the heart of the city.

Leeds: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

4. Leeds: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your Blue Badge-certified guide in the heart of the city. Whether a tourist or a long-time local, let your guide lead you on a fascinating journey through the history of Leeds. Discover how it has come to be the city known and loved today.  Learn the story of wool, how it made the city rich, and how the industry paved the way for some great engineers. See what must be the most beautiful factory in the world, made out of local materials. The two-hour walk will take you to some hidden corners, as well as past art galleries, arcades, markets, trading places, and pocket gardens. Pick up some quirky facts along the way. Finish back at City Square with the history of the city brought to life and lots of tour tips for making the most out of the rest of your stay.

Leeds: Self-Guided Treasure Hunt Experience & Sightseeing

5. Leeds: Self-Guided Treasure Hunt Experience & Sightseeing

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Leeds. Captain Bess will send messages to your phones. She’s a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. She’ll direct you on a carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer. You’ll spot things you’d never normally notice. And don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Start at Leeds Art Gallery and parade through Victoria Arcades, explore peaceful green spaces and uncover the magnificent Corn Exchange and Kirkgate indoor market. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you’re spotting and get a better understanding of the history of Leeds. Feeling adventurous? Get ready to explore Leeds and have loads of fun!

Self-Guided Street Food Tour of Leeds

6. Self-Guided Street Food Tour of Leeds

Discover the best independent street food vendors in Leeds, on this self-guided food tour, with food included at every stop. Collect your tour pack from the start point and follow the map to six different venues. At each location, read the information cards in your pack to find out about the venue, and hand over the token in return for a choice of dishes. All venues are indoors so this can be done in any weather. The tour can be done any day of the week from 12pm, but you will need to pick up your food tour pack from the location in your confirmation email during their opening hours (Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 11am-3pm). Once collected, you can do the tour when you are ready! Each tour pack is suitable for two people, so the minimum booking number is two.

Leeds: Local Food Tour

7. Leeds: Local Food Tour

Visit six of the best independent pubs, restaurants and market stalls in Leeds, all with a focus on local and seasonal produce and with food included at every stop. Guests will meet near Leeds train station for a short introduction to the tour and each other, before setting off to the first stop, which is one of the oldest pubs in Leeds dating back to 1715. It's a short walk, stopping a couple of times for some historical facts.  From here you will visit several other restaurants, as well as a stop in Leeds Kirkgate Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. The tour will finish in close proximity to the train station, and guests will have the chance to ask the guide any questions they have or for recommendations of where else to eat and drink in Leeds.

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What people are saying about Leeds

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Being two disabled patrons we found all the staff very helpful and accommodating but we only found out that the visitors carpark on the site for disabled was all loose stones. That didn't do well for my partners wheelchair found it hard going with her carer helping he push. I was with crutches and I struggled with the surface as well. Maybe you could tarmac it or put matting down to make it fully accessible. I would recommend the tour to both my able bodied and disabled friends to go but let the disabled ones know about the carpark. We really enjoyed it and the tour guide was interesting and knew a lot but with it being a big group we struggled at time's to hear but was great.

I went to emmerdale tour on 29/19/22 with my daughter it was raining but that didn’t change a thing the host was Michael he was wonderful understood everything he said he was nice and clear made us feel welcome let us take plenty photos we enjoyed our day thank s for a lovely day

The treasure hunt was good fun. By doing this kind of activity, especially in a new town or city you get to see a load more than you normally would, and you get a bit of local history thrown in along the way.

Annabella was lovely & very knowledgeable. Visiting our family but never properly walked around. Went to places we have never seen. Wonderful experience.

Michelle was very pleasant and had an excellent recall of historical names and facts. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to her.