Leeds Heritage Pub & Brewery Tour

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Whitelock's Ale House
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Leeds Heritage Pub & Brewery Tour at The Tetley, Until 24 August 2024 Tickets from £35.00 — Book now

Leeds has a vibrant history of beer making, pouring and drinking. Starting at its industrial roots and transitioning through household names like Tetley through to the renaissance of micro brewing and the rise of much loved makers like Northern Monk and Kirkstall Brewery, Leeds has an incredible beer culture. What better way to discover its beginnings than with a heritage pub and brewery tour.

Starting at the site of the old Tetley brewery (now turned art gallery), you’ll make your way into The Adelphi, a late-Victorian cultural cornerstone of Leeds’ history through to the Duck and Drake. Although the Duck and Drake is now better known for its hard rock live music scene this pre Victorian pub is older than most buildings in the city centre and holds some excellent stories.

From here you’ll venture to the White Swan, a venue linked with one of the city’s oldest music halls the City Varieties. To arrive at this venue though you’ll take a brief detour past some of the city’s ‘ghost pubs’, the places where former drinking spots used to sit and which have now been left derelict, been developed or demolished out of existence. Traces of their past, however, can still be seen in the architecture of what remains.

The tour finishes at probably the most famous of Leeds’ heritage pubs, Whitelocks Ale House. Famously founded in 1715 and saturated in stories of the building’s past, the venue is a map of the city centre’s cultural history, warts and all. For those who want to line their stomachs after an afternoon of beer touring we recommend a Whitelock’s pie – although not very fancy, they’re a cultural experience in themselves.

At each heritage pub a half pint is included in the ticket price, it is also advised that all attendees read the tour guidelines before attending for everyone to have the best experience possible.

Throughout the afternoon, you’ll take in three hundred years of history with drinks, stories, activities and a hefty amount of local commentary. This is a culturally infused and historically informed pub crawl with more heart than a Yorkshire man opening up emotionally for the first time in 30 years.

Leeds Heritage Pub & Brewery Tour at The Tetley, Until 24 August 2024 Tickets from £35.00 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
9 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
10 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
16 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
17 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
23 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
24 February 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
1 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
2 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
8 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
9 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
15 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
16 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
22 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
23 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
29 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
30 March 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
5 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
6 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
12 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
13 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
19 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
20 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
26 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
27 April 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
3 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
4 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
10 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
11 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
17 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
18 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
24 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
25 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
31 May 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
1 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
7 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
8 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
14 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
15 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
21 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
22 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
28 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
29 June 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
5 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
6 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
12 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
13 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
19 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
20 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
26 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
27 July 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
2 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
3 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
9 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
10 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
16 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
17 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
23 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm
24 August 2024
12:00pm — 3:30pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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