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University of Leeds

We will start at the Parkinson Building, the Art Deco headquarters of the University of Leeds and the building which features on its logo. Here are housed the university's treasures and a whole host of other things. Behind it is the Brotherton Library, one to the top research libraries in the U.K. with nearly 3 million books. This reflects Leeds University's status as a top research university and a member of the 24 strong Russell group of elite British Universities.

From Leeds
Online Experience
1 Hour 15 Minutes
United Kingdom
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Walk around the campus of the University of Leeds and the surrounding areas in this real-time experience
  • Visit the important department buildings and the well-known Art Deco headquarter building; learn about things to do in and around campus
  • Gain practical insight and information regarding student accommodation, grocery stores, wellness and healthcare
Description

This online campus tour of the large campus of the University of Leeds will include a visit to the main buildings plus a selection of departments and student accommodation. Remember that this is a customised tour, so it can be changed to suit your interests.

We will start at the Parkinson Building, the Art Deco headquarters of the University of Leeds and the building that features its logo. Here are housed the university's treasures and a whole host of other things. Behind it is the Brotherton Library, one of the top research libraries in the U.K with nearly 3 million books. This reflects Leeds University's status as a leading research university and a member of the 24 strong Russell group of elite British Universities.

Around the corner, we will find the oldest buildings on the campus, the Great Hall and the Clothworkers building, both built-in 1870 as part of the original Yorkshire College that went on to become Leeds University. The Great Hall is the university's chief ceremonial building where graduation ceremonies take place. The Clothworkers Hall reflects the importance of the textile industry to the growth of Leeds as a major industrial city in the 19th century.

A short walk from here will bring us into St George's Fields, once an old cemetery and now a park and the largest green space on the campus. From here we will be able to see the buildings that make up the various engineering departments of the university and the new engineering and physical sciences campus that is under construction and due to be finished in Spring 2021.
On the other side of the park is Henry Price Hall, one of the best student residential halls. As we walk out of the park and round the front of this building, you will hear about Henry Price and the various student accommodation options that Leeds offers.

Just across the road from Henry Price Hall is the Western Campus, housing the Business and Law schools. Part of the Business School is in a grand refurbished Victorian building which was once Leeds Grammar School. We will also find the Marks & Spencer building here, a resource centre donated by the founder of Marks and Spencer, who started the famous shopping chain in Leeds Market. 

Back on the Main Campus, we will walk past more student accommodation before stopping at University House. This is the most important building for student life on the campus, being the home of the student union and consisting of shops, bars, a supermarket, a bank and a whole range of other things necessary and pleasant to student life. This is where students can hear famous bands play, and it is also where they eat (in the refectory) if they have an inclusive meal plan. 

Round the back of University House, we will enter a quite different looking part of the campus consisting of award-winning 'brutalist' buildings built in the 1970s providing sweeping vistas and large pedestrian areas. Here we will pass another of the four libraries on campus, the Edward Boyle Library, a working library geared towards post-graduate study. Beyond this is the School of Mathematics and further, down a broad stair terrace, we will see the Roger Stevens Building where nearly every student will come at some point to attend a lecture. To the side of it is the 'sustainability garden' where fruits and vegetables are grown, and available to students for purchase!

Opposite Roger Stevens is the E.C. Stoner Building which has the second-longest corridor in Europe! Nestling beneath it is the 'Bike Centre'. From here you can buy, rent, repair or get advice about anything to do with bicycles.

Next on the tour is The Edge, the universities most important sports venue where we can find a swimming pool and a whole host of other sporting amenities. We will now be on the edge of the campus and get a view of Central Village, a cluster of high buildings that make up the most popular spot for student accommodation. Almost opposite is Leeds General Hospital which backs onto the university and is one of two hospitals associated with Leeds making Leeds one of the most important medical teaching and research centres in Europe.

Beyond the Student Village, we will no longer be on the campus but will continue our walk for a short distance to see some of the city's most important buildings, including the fabulous Leeds Town Hall.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places; at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimise such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 35 EUR per screen or as a private tour for 100 EUR and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Mike Wilson

I have been a guide for around 20 years, starting in London and then gradually spreading my wings to include all of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 

Over the years, I have come to specialise in small and educational groups. From time to time I have done work for the British Council, taking higher education representatives from various countries around universities in the U.K.

You could say that I am a failed academic with a lifelong interest in European history, culture and landscape who still dips his toes in academia but earns his living from guiding.

From USD 48 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.