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Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Leeds city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Leeds's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Leeds is a West Yorkshire city buzzing with life. In 1888, the French inventor Louis Le Prince shot the first ever moving picture there, but two years later he mysteriously vanished without trace. On Christmas Day 1891, Owen “Owney” Madden was born, going on to become one of New York City’s most feared and prosperous gangsters. Natives of Leeds are known as Loiners. The record for the most people dressed as Sherlock Holmes (443) was made in 2014, and the city was once inhabited by a great northern hippopotamus.


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Curious About... Leeds

  • An exploration of Leeds's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Leeds in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Art Gallery to River Aire - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
The start of the walk is a showcase to Leeds’ diverse culture, from its majestic Art Gallery, through Mandela Gardens to the imposing Civic Hall. Next we pass the City Museum before heading down the elegant Victorian Arcades. Then it’s on to the hustle and bustle of the Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange before passing by the former mills of the Calls, which played such a significant part in Leeds’ prosperity, before ending your walk at Leeds' waterfront.
1.5 hoursOK

2. River Aire to City Square - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
This is a walk of many contrasts - starting with a peaceful stroll by the River Aire, then taking a trip through the founding streets of historic Leeds. Next it’s on to a little known, tastefully constructed square, before exploring an ancient chapel, appreciating the city’s renowned railway system, and finishing at the bustling City Square with its imposing buildings, delightful statues, and cosy restaurants.
1 hourOK but a diversion maybe needed

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"The boys really enjoyed finding their way around Leeds without everything being presented on a plate, and also the outdoor element."

"Many thanks, Robert. I love the booklets."

Latest Revision : May 2022


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail