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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.

Leeds: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

2. Leeds: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

Experience the thrill of axe throwing to a pumping soundtrack in Leeds. Benefit from the skills of professional instructors as you toss around some steel in the heart of the city. Pick a spot in one of 10 lanes and size up your two targets. Let your instructor show you the basics before letting loose. Aim for the bullseye and feel the thrill as your axe hits the targets. Unwind with some drinks at the on-site bar after your experience.

Leeds: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

3. Leeds: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

If you are Curious About Leeds, take one of our quirky self-guided walks, where you can explore the heart of Leeds. Not only will you visit the better-known places – we make sure you visit the unusual and intriguing ones too! Added to this we provide compelling stories about the history around you, whilst you have fun following our detailed directions, finding answers to our addictive clues and matching pictures to places along the way. You’ll discover "hidden treasures", whilst reading about the history of Leeds and the people and events that have shaped it – whether you’re familiar with Leeds or a first-time visitor, you will spot things you would not have otherwise noticed. Download the walks to your mobile device, then follow the directions and enjoy our self-guided heritage walks at your own pace and level of interest The walks are 1.5 miles and 1 mile respectively. Both walks are suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

Leeds: Daily Guided City Center Walking Tour (10:30am)

4. Leeds: Daily Guided City Center Walking Tour (10:30am)

The best way to discover Leeds; get your bearings and discover our city through a local’s eyes, with a local, expert guide. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city as you travel back through the centuries to discover how our city has developed to the cultural paradise you see today. On this 1.5 hour tour, you'll not only see and learn about our history, but you’ll also gain an authentic insight into modern life in the city today and explore some hidden gems along the way! From Leeds’ boom as a textile powerhouse, to the world’s oldest city music hall and of course, our iconic shopping arcades and quarters. There’s something for everyone on this unique experience. The tour includes: Corn Exchange Town Hall Kirkgate Market City Varieties Music Hall Victoria Quarter And many hidden treasures!

From Leeds: Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour

5. 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 Food Tour

6. Leeds: Guided 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.

Leeds: 2-Hour Highlights Walking Tour

7. 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

8. 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!

Leeds: Self-Guided Walking & Interactive Treasure Hunt Tour

9. Leeds: Self-Guided Walking & Interactive Treasure Hunt Tour

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of Leeds City Centre into an Adventure Playground! Welcome to Leeds! Once known for its textile, engineering and printing industries, today Leeds is a vibrant, fun and exciting city and a major hub for shopping, music and culture. It’s an incredibly diverse place with traditional markets, luxury boutiques and spectacular historical architecture, making Leeds one of the best places to visit in the UK. Explore the city centre of Leeds and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will begin at the Leeds Art Gallery and wind you through the beautiful city streets, passing historical sites, beautiful works of street art, nipping in and out of shopping arcades and hunting the much loved city bird, the owl. During your Quest you may hear a ghost story or two, find out who discovered oxygen and even learn who once called the city Liverpool instead of Leeds! Along the way, you and your team will be involved in finding cryptic clues, solving puzzles and completing challenges as you discover all that makes Leeds one of the hottest cultural capitals of the North. So grab some binoculars (for owl spotting of course!), put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Leeds City Centre Quest. This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

Manchester Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Leeds

10. Manchester Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Leeds

Enjoy a modern bus with the necessary facilities to transfer between Manchester Airport Bus Station and Leeds Bus Station. Relaxing with free WiFi and a power supply in every seat is a fantastic addition as well, as it allows passengers to stay connected and entertained during the journey. Whether it's catching up on work, browsing the internet, or staying in touch with friends and family, these amenities can make travel time fly by. Our buses are wheelchair accessible, is a great convenience for passengers with special needs. Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey, instead, relax and enjoy the views from the comfort of your seat. Board a modern bus to leave your worries behind, and arrive on time at your destination at the airport, or in the city.

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based on 108 reviews

If you are a Emmerdale fan you will really enjoy having a look around the filming set and how they create real life houses etc . On Tv they make it look massive . It’s truly amazing how they’ve created this small village . Please go you’ll really enjoy it .

Had such a lovely time, our tour guide was Clemy and she was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. Thank you

Brilliant, our guide Sue was amazing, so friendly and knowledgeable, loved our tour, so interesting

Fab tour, very funny and friendly tour staff! Great insight would recommend for any Emmerdale fan!

A must do experience. Dont hesitate. Youll love it