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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Ghosts of New York Walking Tour

Experience the spine-tingling thrills of a night traversing the Big Apple’s spookier streets on a tour of New York's haunted streets. During your fully narrated tour, discover the rich history of West Village and Greenwich Village haunts, including Hangman’s Tree and the New York residence where Edgar Allan Poe penned and published some of his most famous works. You may even encounter local ghosts gliding through their favorite former haunts! Full narration provides the historical context for the city’s scary stories.


  • A haunted ghost tour of New York's historic streets
  • Take an easy walk through the haunted hotspots of Greenwich Village and West Village
  • Travel to Edgar Allan Poe's New York residence, where he wrote and published renowned stories
  • Learn the stories behind the purported ghosts who wander Gay Street and White Horse Tavern
  • Discover Washington Park's dark past, including Hangman's Tree
  • A knowledgeable and entertaining guide provides full narration throughout your spooky tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Take a peek into the shadows when the sun goes down and discover the darker legends and history of New York's Greenwich and West Villages. Though you may not see any ghosts, it's a fun and entertaining way to spend an evening strolling around these historic districts.

What You Can Expect

Ghosts of New York Walking Tour

What ghastly tales lurk behind unassuming Brownstone doors?

So you won't have to brave a walk through the city's spookiest streets alone, the 2-hour trip through New York’s dark past begins from Washington Square Park, where you’ll meet your guide under the Washington Square Arch. Well-versed in the lore of a city with one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena, your guide will regale you with entertaining tales of the more sinister side of Greenwich and West Village as you stalk the streets.

You won’t have to travel far for your first dip into New York’s ghoulish past. Washington Square Park’s Hangman’s Tree is ripe with haunted history that stretches 300 years, from the traitors of the American Revolution to prisoners of Newgate Prison. While there’s no public record of hangings, plenty of legends tell a different dark story. That may be in part because from 1797 to 1826, the park itself was a potter’s field, or community graveyard for undesirable people. Look at the picturesque park in a whole new way after your guide passes along these stories and more surprising facts for the area.

The twilight tour continues through Greenwich and West Villages’ storied streets and purported haunted hotspots. While Edgar Allan Poe might have strong ties to Baltimore, the macabre writer penned “The Cask of Amontillado” at the residence you’ll pass in New York City, where he also revised and published “The Raven.” Try and catch a glimpse of the ghost of another creative soul, Dylan Thomas, who expired after consuming 18 shots of scotch in 1953 at the West Village’s White Horse Tavern. Even 12 Gay Street has its own ghoul, who stalks the halls of its former favorite speakeasy.

If the specters are feeling shy, you’ll still get chills from the legendary history contained in the streets and buildings you visit with your guide. With a wealth of knowledge and humorous tidbits about New York’s past, you’ll step back into the night armed with a greater appreciation for the city’s past and a scary story or two up your sleeve.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We liked the tour very much. With her gripping stories about haunted places in the Village, the guide fascinated us all. In the twilight the places seemed really haunted, even, of course, we saw no ghosts. The tour took us to magnificent streets in the West Village and we learned a lots of interesting facts about the history of the neighbourhood.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We all thought this was amazing. The tour was cool and we could relate to some of the authors,poets that were discussed. The story about The Raven was cool. We had to go back to the last stop and check out the scary cat statue in the window of a house next to Mark Twain's house.We thought the tour was very informative. We also thought that it was a little ironic that most of the the buildings are under new construction/renovation. At the time of the tour two of our boys were reading Huckleberry Finn. Thanks for the great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Loved it so much fun history and ghosts all in one

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Guide knowledgeable and friendly

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

This was slightly strange, the tour itself was fascinating and brought out some interesting stories...but I wouldn't categorise it as a Ghost Tour as we'd thought, really only a couple of stop off points were allegedly haunted, but as a historical tour it was very good...

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2015

Tour guide Ben was really nice and informative, but tour overall was lacking. This tour needs to be renamed. Maybe something along the lines of Historical NYC Walking Tour with reference to possible hauntings in the area. Not sure, but the name isn't the best. Also, there were quite a few kids on our tour, and they looked really bored. I don't think it was meant for kids at all.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2013

Good to walk around Greenwich with a purpose, especially to freshen up after arriving from the UK. Tour guidewas uninteresting in the main and was not a good orator sowe drifted off after an hour. Overall ok but not the most interesting talk.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2014

Sorry did not enjoy this tour. It should be renamed 'History tour of Greenwich Village'. The tour took us around all of Greenwich Village, which is beautiful and well worth a visit, but its not a Ghost tour. The guide takes you to different houses where famous people have died! The only positive thing to come from this tour was we got to see Greenwich Village, which we probably would not have visited. I would highly recommend a visit to Greenwich Village with it lovely Bistro's and streets but make the trip yourself, not on this Ghost Tour, sorry.

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