Apothecary Talks


A day out with a difference


Let us transport you back to the dirt and grime of Victorian Leeds. Take a walk down the streets of 1842 and be surrounded by the smells and sounds of Victorian life. Explore the horror of surgery before the discovery of anaesthetics and find out how scientific breakthroughs have helped us to understand disease and revolutionise medicine.

Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more:
Adult £7, Concession £6, Child £4.
Add on a talk or tour for an additional £3 per person
Tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months

• On-site café
FREE on-site parking
• Fully accessible
• Easily accessed by public transport
FREE entry for coach driver and group organiser

To help you plan your day, we offer a free familiarisation visit for the group leader.

For enquiries and bookings, please call Judith on 0113 205 6521 or email

Activity packages are available for children’s groups, please contact us for further details.

Choose from a range of talks and tours to complement  your visit:
(Lasting 50-60 minutes)

Apothecary Talks
Meet an 18th Century Apothecary and explore the weird and wonderful cures on offer. Talks take place amongst the magnificent surroundings of our Wilkinson English Delftware Pharmaceutical Jar Collection.

1842 Street Tours
Discover living conditions in Leeds 1842. How did people really live and what was making them ill?

Collections close up
A private view of objects from our museum stores hosted by our museum Curator. A unique opportunity to handle objects not normally on public display. Includes a Pill Rolling session.

Hands-on History
A unique opportunity to explore an area of the galleries in greater detail with a museum expert and handle real museum objects.
A member of the curatorial team will accompany your group to a gallery of your choosing to talk you through the themes of the gallery in more depth and allow you to handle objects not normally on public display.
Choose from:
   War and Medicine – Explore the Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan gallery and  find out how medicine and technology have affected the recovery of soldiers from the First World War to today.
   Childbirth – Explore the Having a Baby Gallery and compare the differences between childbirth in the 1940’s and today. Find out how birthing environments affect the birth experience.
   Victorian Pharmacy – Meet in the Victorian Pharmacy to discover how pharmacists created potions and medicines to cure the Victorian public and have a go at pill rolling.
Please note that seating is not available in the galleries.

Uniformed Groups

School Groups