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History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour

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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Learn about the mysterious history of Salem on this guided walking tour of the city. Follow your local historian guide through Salem, listening to 400 years of history and admire the old architecture that dates back hundreds of years. For spookier experience, select the nighttime tour led by lantern light and find out the truth about the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria.
  • Tour Salem on a guided walking tour
  • Listen to 400 years of history from a local historian
  • Select a nighttime tour for a spookier setting
  • Stress-free package ideal for first-time visitors

What's Included

  • 2-hour Hauntings & History Salem Walking Tour
  • Listen to 400 years of Salem history from a local historian
  • Day-time or lantern led night-time tour options available
  • See top Salem sites such as Witch Trials Memorial, Witch House, and Ropes Mansion.
  • Pass through Salem's historic McIntire District
  • Professional/Local Guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Old Town Hall
    32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Old Town Hall *Please meet on the side with the THREE staircases We do not have an office

End point

  • Salem Witch Trials Memorial
    24 Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Return point: Witch Trials Memorial. Charter St, Salem, MA 01970

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes and jacket recommended
  • Tours run rain or shine, we do not cancel for weather. No refunds for weather! Please plan accordingly.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please Note: Guests assume ALL responsibility, ALL Liability, and a photo release while on our tour.
  • Dog friendly!
  • Please note, we book up to 40 people per tour in October
  • Wheelchairs are welcome, however, be aware that Salem has 400 year old sidewalks, uneven surfaces and narrow areas. Visitors assume all responsibility with wheelchairs and WCWT will not be held liable.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Book this tour but call ahead and see if Vanessa is scheduled to lead it - you will not be disappointed
We loved every step out the way, and highly recommend you choose this tour!
It was perfect to do first thing in the morning so we knew our way around Salem.
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Very informative, interesting, and an overall wonderful experience!
Yasmine_T, Nov 2022
Awesome experience! As first time visitors to Salem we appreciated having the opportunity to see and learn about some of the most famous structures in town along with some beautiful hidden gems. The town itself is gorgeous and as you will learn, has a very diverse history that reflects in even the smallest of details. Shawn was a fantastic guide with a great sense of humor. He is a phenomenal story teller and will have you captivated through the whole experience. Don’t be intimidated by a 2hr long tour, by the end you’ll be wishing it was longer!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Seán on our tour. He is a phenomenal storyteller and historian. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Seán
Great tour for first timers
stacy_d, Nov 2022
David was a great guide. Very knowledgeable about the History of Salem. 2 hour tour, but the walking wasn’t that bad. Plenty of stops to give yourself a break if walking is an issue. We got to see some history spots, some haunting spots and some Hocus Pocus spots. Overall a great tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with David on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and David
Witch walk in Salem
Robert_E, Nov 2022
We had a great time learning the history of Salem while walking the streets filled with Halloween decorations. It’s an awesome time to visit. Our guide did a great job telling the history and legends of old Salem.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth
Tour guide David
Venisse_A, Oct 2022
Our tour guide David was wonderful. He was very open to answering all our questions, and was passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Salem. David kept us entertained throughout the whole tour, and gave his honest recommendations of where to visit in the town. Would definitely recommend him for anyone planning to book.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with David on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and David
The tour was wonderful...
Gigi_H, Oct 2022
The tour was wonderful and spooky and highlighted all of the main attractions of Salem. Our tour guide Sam was amazing and a great story teller!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Sam on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Sam
Rebecca was AMAZING!
Alexia_M, Oct 2022
Rebecca was PHENOMENAL! Literally such a vivid and very knowledgeable about the history of Salem. We felt so much more connected during our visit because of her tour. Absolutely worth it to anyone who comes to visit!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Rebecca on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Rebecca
Perfect way to see Salem!
Craig_R, Oct 2022
PERFECT way to see Salem and learn waaaaayy more than just history of 1692 Witch Trials. See really cool locations of several Hollywood film locations too.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Justine on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Justine
Our tour guide Ashley was the best!
Misty_O, Oct 2022
Salem is the best halloween fall experience. Our tour guide Katie was the best, very knowledgeable and informative. She was a local from Salem which makes it a better experience with stories.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Katie on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Katie
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Awesome
Lauren_C, Oct 2022
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing! He was well versed in his history and had his own theories on some of the stories he told! It was a great way to see the important parts of Salem and get a small snippet of the history!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth
Cody was our tour guide...
Liz_S, Oct 2022
Cody was our tour guide and he was amazing! So informative and captivating. We learned so many interesting details not only about the witch trials but the history of Salem before and after the witch trials. We were able to see places you would not normally see on a trolley tour. Would definitely recommend this tour and our wonderful tour guide, Cody!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Cody on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Cody
Book with Ryan!
Madeline_K, Oct 2022
The perfect mix of spooky and educating. Our tour guide Ryan was AMAZING—informative, funny and considerate! Would not have wanted to explore Salem with anyone else. My only recommendations with the tour in general would be to be able to stop at another stop or 2, and to be able to see insides of some places if possible. I’m convinced I caught spirits/orbs in some pictures! For sure the witch house, possibly the rope mansion as well.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Ryan on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Ryan
Take the morning tour to get the lay of the land
Mandi_L, Oct 2022
I really enjoyed this walking tour to get a feel for Salem right away in the morning. The tour provided a good overview of the witchy history and enough of a walk around to see where the main points of interest were. I did the 10 AM tour and it helped to figure out which museums and attractions in Salem were worth standing in line for. During October everything gets booked up early in the day and almost everything - attractions, shops, restaurants - require waiting in line. Taking a walking tour early will help map out where you want to prioritize your time while giving you a great overview of what makes Salem famous - even beyond the witches!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth
DINKLEBERG!!!!
Brendan_H, Oct 2022
Ryan was the best tour guide. He managed to make all participants laugh, from all generations. Surprisingly we were not in Salem for the Halloween attractions, but Ryan and the tour made our trip worth it.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Ryan on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Ryan
Excellent tour guide rain or shine!
Kait_P, Oct 2022
Cody was a fantastic tour guide. He started right on time, and also accommodated the folks who showed up a few minutes late. He was engaging, well prepared, and had many good stories about Salem you wouldn’t have otherwise learned. He had excellent recommendations which museums to see and which to skip, and was generous with his time, as he waited around afterwards to answer any additional questions or provide further recommendations. 10/10 would recommend!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Cody on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Cody
Excellent. Interesting and informative
Rebecca_A, Sep 2022
Engaging guide and interesting facts mixed with a good sense of humor. A good way to see Salem. Jeremiah was an excellent, well informed guide.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Jeremiah on our tour. He is a phenomenal storyteller and historian. We definitely appreciate your feedback!! Thank you so much!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Jeremiah
Outstanding Tour
Erin_R, Aug 2022
April was the absolute best! They were sweet, funny, knowledgeable and kind. They had great visuals and really knew their stuff. The tour made me fall in love with Salem and now I want all my friends and family to have this experience. April was very aware of the group needs and engaging. April answered every question with enthusiasm and patience. They were very thoughtful of some of our party with special needs and made everyone feel like old friends. If you have to choose 1 tour through Salem, MA - this is the one you want.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with April on our tour. She is a phenomenal storyteller and historian. We definitely appreciate your feedback and recommendation, thank you! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and April
Great experience!
Mary_B, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Jeremiah, was phenomenal! He had so much knowledge and wonderful stories that he shared. It was our first time to Salem so great way to see the city and get some history
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Jeremiah on our tour. He is a fantastic storyteller and tour guide. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you. Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Jeremiah
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Summer evening walk was wonderful!
Marlene_S, Jul 2022
We attended in July and the heat earlier in the day was very hot. The evening temp was such a relief and it was great to see some of the grand homes of Salem lit up at night. Our tour guide had a great sense of humor and was very attentive to the group. He was also not too fast with his pace which was nice after a day of shopping.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time on our tour. We definitely appreciate your feedback, thank you!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth
A Perfect Way to See Salem
Chelsea_S, Jul 2022
We took an after dark tour with our guide Ryan and it was very awesome! We had spent the whole day walking around Salem and seeing the historic sights, but we still founds new and interesting things to see and learn on our tour. Thanks, Ryan!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Ryan on our tour. He is a fantastic storyteller and tour guide. We definitely appreciate your feedback!! We love to share fun facts about our beautiful 400 year old city!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Ryan
Had a Great Time!
Corey_O, May 2022
We really enjoyed hearing some of the history of Salem! Sean did a great job storytelling and giving other places to visit around town! I don’t have any complaints! For anyone visiting Salem, I think this would be a great tour…just make sure to bring a jacket to protect yourself from the wind 😊
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi! Thank you so much taking the time to leave a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with Seán on our tour. He is a phenomenal storyteller and historian. Yes New England springs can be quite chilly sometimes so bundle up! Thank you!! Please come back and see us again soon! All the best, Beth and Seán
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