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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.


  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Twin Peaks Tavern, Castro Theatre and the colorful murals of the Castro
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Civil Rights Academy
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, and The Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque
  • Visit the Hope for World Cure Mural and the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

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What You Can Expect

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Meet your local guide at Harvey Milk Plaza for the 2-hour walking tour of the iconic Castro neighborhood. Visit the historic Castro Theatre, with its Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture, and learn about how the district got its name. 

Walk on to visit several historical sites related to Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist and famous San Francisco resident. See his home, his photo shop and the campaign headquarters for his political activities.

See the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, the Rainbow Honor Walk Project and the Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque. Visit the legendary Twin Peaks Tavern, the first gay bar in the United States with windows. 

This moving, empowering and informative tour will give you authentic insight into San Francisco's history as center for LGBT rights and activism. Public walkways are all wheelchair accessible.

Customer Reviews

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really interesting and relaxed. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour! We learned a great deal and enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was very nice and answered any questions we had. It was great that she lived in the Castro and was able to provide information that only a local could provide. It is certainly worth your time to spend learning about a great neighborhood in San Francisco. We highly recommend this tour.

Peter V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour with Ms. Kathy Amendola was informative and quite interesting. Kathy is very knowledgeable and we highly recommend her tour.

Kurt E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fun, fascinating, and fact filled tour of San Francisco's Castro district. Very knowledgeable yet fun tour guide! You get to see an important chapter in American history as well as a vital living community. Recommended for both members and non-members of the LGBT community!

Dirk M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was amazing! A must do for all who have an interest in the Castro and in GLBT history. The tour was very informative and at times moving as the decades of world changing history are revealed. The guide Kathy was so lovely and the tour moved at a comfortable pace.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a wonderful time and our guide Kathy was so knowledgable and friendly. She made us feel at home and you could tell that she had a passion for the Castro district. People were so friendly I want to come back. A great tour. See you soon!! X

Tiffany A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

One of the highlights of our San Francisco trip, we learnt so much and were so moved by this tour

Kasey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was Kathy Amendola, and she was absolutely fantastic. She was knowledgable, warm, patient, and had a cute sense of humour. She is extremely familiar with the area in its' entirety, and was great at taking questions on the fly. This was not my first trip to San Francisco or the Castro area, but it was my first time taking a tour of this type and I would highly recommend it to others who are interested in learning more about the history behind this well-known gay and lesbian district :

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative.
Kathy was great and very willing to answer questions.

Debra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was so interesting to see how this community has evolved. I really liked that it was a walking tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the gay and lesbian community. I would reccomend this tour to anyone. I also would like to not none of us that took the tour are gay or lesiban just wanted to know everything about the city. We thought this was a great way to understand San Francisco and we were not disappointed.

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