Explore Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood on a 2-hour walking tour of city landmarks, local haunts, and classic architecture. You’ll see a block at the heart of the ‘Corktown Revival,’ with hip restaurants, cocktail bars, and cafes, then take in the ruined Michigan Central Railroad Station, long a symbol of Detroit's golden age. This 2-hour Corktown walking tour includes a half pint of beer at an Irish American club, and it’s limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
Make your way to a centrally-located meeting point in the Corktown neighborhood, where you’ll join a guide and small group on the walk to the first stop of the day, a block that’s been key to Corktown’s revival, with restaurants and bars that bring Detroiters from around the city.
Your guide will share fascinating stories and facts from Corktown history, and introduce you to some of Detroit’s blend of blight and revival. Take in the massive railroad station that’s been abandoned since 1988, and learn why the city left the elegant structure to rot. Continue to Detroit’s oldest surviving residential neighborhood, which is packed with brightly-painted Victorian houses and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Along the way, you’ll spot one of the oldest churches in Detroit, and have the chance to ask questions about life in the city, and what’s happening now in Detroit and Corktown.
The final stop of the day is the Gaelic League Irish American Club, where you’ll finish the tour with a half pint of beer (or a soft drink).
Please wear shoes that allow you to comfortably walk a couple of miles. Please also consider a hat and/or sunscreen on sunny days, and bring a jacket on cooler days, and an umbrella if it’s calling for rain.
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
The Corktown tour led by our tour guide, Bruce was excellent. He was very informative of the history of Corktown which was founded by Irish immigrants in the 1830's. I reveled in walking the streets that my grandmother and her family walked through over 100 years ago. The tour wound up at Detroit's Gaelic League, the perfect ending to a wonderful afternoon.
Great. Despite the crazy weather, our tour guide Bob, was fantastic. Kept us moving and was a wealth of information. Details of what the area was like compared to now. Lots of 'Nuggets' of special interest, like making sure we looked at photos on the wall of local pub.. Great time in Irish-Gaelic club too. Very informative, we all liked this tour. Thanks Bob