Treasure Hunt Leeds

Turn your day into a family adventure

Find hidden historical treasures and see new stuff, even if you've lived here your whole life. It's something a bit different and fun for you and the family.

Follow treasure maps and solve clues that'll even keep your teenagers engaged! They're tricky enough for the adults to make it exciting, but just on the right side of challenging for younger ones to get involved.

Treasure Hunt Leeds

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues. Scour Leeds' bustling streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
The elegant County Arcade in the sunshine

Follow a carefully designed route around Leeds. Stroll through peaceful green spaces, the magnificent Corn Exchange and the famous Kirkgate market. Avoid the busy streets and explore the quieter, car-free areas, passing plenty of cool things along the way! Take the lesser known path but still see the Arcades and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like the sneaky art project with its messages hidden in plain sight.

Learn some fun facts and stories like how a Polish migrant and a cashier from Skipton turned a penny bazaar into an international success story. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A family walking through the streets of Leeds

Go at your own pace. If you're tempted by a pub or cafe, or you want to amble around the arcades, that's cool. You plan your day as you see fit.

Suitable for kids age 8+ | Adult help required

Don't take our word for it: we're rated ★★★★★ on Tripadvisor with 21 reviews.

Treasure Hunt Leeds will keep you and your family entertained, leading you on a beautiful walk and giving you quality time together.

A family inspecting a piece of machinery on a treasure hunt

Fun for kids and adults with nice drinks stops factored in.

Loved this treasure hunt, clues were perfectly pitched. It took just the right amount of time also, had a fab day and it was good exercise.

Chantelmarkham, Tripadvisor

Fun way to see the city

A really fun and interesting way to be introduced to the area! Having never visited before it was an exciting and informative way to see the city. We did it as a pair and enjoyed following clues along with stopping at suggested shops and pubs. Lots of fun!

Catherine H, Tripadvisor

It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Leeds.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Leeds!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

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A different way to see Leeds

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy browsing the indie shops in the Corn Exchange? No rush! Take it at your own pace. Enjoy the cafes and pubs you'll spot along the way.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

Great way to explore new city.

We decided to visit Leeds for the first time and embarked on a treasure hunt. We’ve learned a lot about the city and really enjoyed it. With a sidetrack visit to Armouries museum (not in the hunt) and dinner, we’ve spent all day completing it.

Aggi A, Tripadvisor

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If you have to change your plans for Leeds, just reschedule or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Leeds!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

See more than just the Arcades

See the classic areas, but the real fun is finding the clues and noticing things in the city that you'd otherwise walk right past.

A fantastic experience!

Got to see hidden gems in a place I thought I knew well. Really easy to use too but do make sure your phone is charged fully as the curators advise!

Dom, Tripadvisor

Victoria Quarter - A beautiful and premium shopping arcade decorated in rich marble and gilded mosaics.

One of the Victoria Quarter shopping streets, with marble columns and a glass roof.

Leeds Art Gallery - Home to a fab collection of 20th-century British paintings and sculpture, it also presents a great exhibitions programme.

Corn Exchange - This iconic Victorian building now houses a raft of Yorkshire's best independent businesses.

The round stone building of the Corn Exchange in the sunshine in Leeds.

Kirkgate Indoor Market - This Edwardian building is a shoppers paradise. Fresh food, drink, flowers, hardware, jewellery, it's got it all!

Marks and Spencer's Penny Bazaar in the Kirkgate Shopping Market in Leeds.

Leeds Town Hall - This grand 19th-century municipal hall is currently closed for a major refurbishment and will offer a first-class venue when it re-opens in 2024.

The clock tower of Leeds Town Hall against a sunny sky.

Thornton's Arcade - A stunning example of Victorian architecture, this arcade boasts beautiful wrought iron arches, a gorgeous glass roof and the hilarious Ivanhoe Clock!

The Ivanhoe Clock with four carved figurines who strike the clock on the hour.

Tiled Hall Cafe - A hidden gem tucked away inside Leeds Art Gallery, this cafe is a great spot for a rest with it's stunning ornate tiles and grand columns.

Holy Trinity Church - This splendid parish church is located in the heart of Leeds, tucked in next to Trinity Leeds vibrant shopping centre.

St Paul's House - This former warehouse and cloth cutting works has magnificent architecture and really stands out amongst the other Georgian buildings in the square.

St Paul's House, constructed out of decorative pink brick, with its towers and minarets in the sunshine.

By the end, you'll be familiar with Leeds and you'll have a few ideas of where to go back to.

What if it rains? 

If it's raining on and off, you can dive into a pub or cafe along the way. There's no time limit.

If it's properly raining you can reschedule for another day, or even split start one day and finish the next.

If it's really heavy rain and you don't fancy being washed into the canal, just cancel for free, even if you've started the game.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

You won't get completely stuck, wandering aimless around the arcades...

Will I have fun if I'm from Leeds?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Suitable for ages 8+

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

Fun for kids and adults with nice drinks stops factored in.

Loved this treasure hunt, clues were perfectly pitched. It took just the right amount of time also, had a fab day and it was good exercise.

Chantelmarkham, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 2 miles walking and there are plenty of spots to rest, like pubs and cafes as well as the Kirkgate market and the Corn Exchange.

Ready for a different way to see Leeds?

  • Just £23.99 for you to play together!
  • 2–3 hours of quality outdoor family fun.
  • Enjoy a pushchair friendly, beautiful route.
  • See the best of Leeds!

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“A really fun and interesting way to be introduced to the area! Having never visited before it was an exciting and informative way to see the city. We did it as a pair and enjoyed following clues along with stopping at suggested shops and pubs. Lots of fun!”

—Catherine H, Tripadvisor

Telephone: 0113 519 7210
Text us: 07380 309380

Arcades and Alleyways starts from:
Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA