Heritage Beer Tour of Leeds


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.


What to expect:

  • A fun and informative lesson in the heritage beer brewing process and a fascinating insight into the local history of Leeds.
  • A half of traditionally brewed beer (or equivalent drink for non-beer drinkers) is provided at each pub stop (five in total) & is included in the price of the tour.

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In a nutshell

Where is it?
The Heritage Beer Tour takes place at a selection of venues in Leeds city centre.

Length of experience
The Heritage Beer Tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

What you need to know
Unfortunately, not all venues have step-free access and are therefore not wheelchair friendly.

The tour is for over-18s only. Many of the venues operate a Challenge 25 policy, which means if you're fortunate to look younger than 25, please make sure you have ID with you.

The tour includes periods of walking between venues. The longest walk is approx. 15 minutes. Please dress weather appropriately.

Please note that the tour itinerary is subject to change, depending on venue availability.

How much will it cost?
The Heritage Beer Tour of Leeds costs £32 including drinks at 5 venues.

How to redeeem your voucher
Your voucher will have a contact name and information about booking your experience. If you have any questions before booking please get in touch.

The small print
Vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Voucher Delivery
Our eco-friendly voucher boxes are available for £3.50 and will be sent via Royal Mail first class post. Delivery time is approximately 1 or 2 days. PDF e-vouchers are FREE and emailed shortly after ordering.

Heritage Beer Tour of Leeds

The Heritage Beer Tour of Leeds is run by Beer Evangelist and founder of Leeds Beer Tours, Mike.

Mike is passionate about beer! Not just the drink itself but its role in heritage, society and culture. The story of beer is a fascinating one nowhere more so than in Leeds, where there is a rich beer history and a fantastically vibrant, modern and independent craft beer scene.

Mike has been professionally trained by the Beer and Cider Academy and is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and Brewery History Society, founder of Festival of Brewers and National Coordinator for Tryanuary.

He first set up his tours in 2019 to share his knowledge of beer with other people and to take them on a fun and interesting journey. Less than a year later, he was awarded the Leeds and West Yorkshire Prestige Award for Specialist Tour Company of the Year 2020.

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