History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour

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Salem, US
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Salem, US
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Come and explore the rich, mysterious history of one of New England's most loved destinations Salem, Massachusetts. This ~2 hour walking tour brings to life the true story of Salem's storied past. You will learn about Salem's rich history as a world-class seaport, hear hauntedly chilling tales of the supernatural, visit one of the most beautiful streets in America, and find out the truth about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials hysteria. Led by a passionate and engaging group of historians, teachers, and professional artists, this tour will leave you wanting to plan your next trip back to Salem. Don't miss out on the *only* tour you need while in Salem. Plus, it's dog-friendly and handicap accessible, so everyone can join in on the fun!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours - 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Hear hauntedly chilling tales of the supernatural
  • Visit one of the most beautiful streets in America
  • Learn about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials hysteria
  • Find out the truth about Salem's architecture
  • 2-hour Hauntings & History Salem Walking Tour
  • See top Salem sites such as Witch Trials Memorial, Witch House, and Ropes Mansion.
  • We do not enter any buildings on this tour. This is an outdoor activity only.
  • Professional/Local Guide
  • Listen to 400 years of Salem history from a local historian
  • Walk the cobblestone streets of Salem's historic McIntire District
  • Gratuities

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Welcome to the History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour! Immerse yourself in the rich and mysterious history of Salem, Massachusetts, one of New England's most beloved destinations. This captivating ~2 hour walking tour takes you on a journey through time, bringing to life the true stories of Salem's storied past. Led by a diverse group of passionate historians, teachers, and professional artists, this tour promises an engaging and informative experience that will leave you wanting to plan your next trip back to Salem.

What to expect?

On this tour, you can anticipate a fascinating exploration of Salem's history and hauntings. Discover the city's past as a world-class seaport and hear chilling tales of the supernatural. Visit renowned sites such as the Witch Trials Memorial, Witch House, and Ropes Mansion, immersing yourself in the stories and legends that have shaped Salem's identity. Traverse the cobblestone streets of Salem's historic McIntire District, known for its stunning architecture spanning three hundred years. Uncover the truth behind the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials hysteria. This tour offers a unique blend of history, mystery, and the paranormal, providing an unforgettable experience for all.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for anyone with an interest in history, the supernatural, and the intriguing stories that surround Salem. Whether you're a history buff, a fan of ghost stories, or simply looking for a unique and immersive experience, this tour is for you. The History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring an inclusive and diverse atmosphere. Whether you're traveling solo, with friends, or as a family, this tour offers something for everyone.

Why book this?

What sets the History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour apart is the passion and expertise of our guides. Led by local historians, teachers, and professional artists, this tour offers a depth of knowledge and storytelling that is truly engaging. You'll have the opportunity to listen to 400 years of Salem's history from those who know it best, gaining insights and perspectives that you won't find in a guidebook. With its diverse range of topics, from Salem's seafaring past to the witch trials, this tour provides a comprehensive understanding of the city's fascinating history.

Good to know

This tour is both dog-friendly and handicap accessible, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the experience. Rain or shine, the tour will go on, as we believe that every moment in Salem is an opportunity to learn and explore. Please note that we do not cancel for weather and there are no refunds for no-shows or weather-related circumstances. The tour group size is limited to 39 people per tour, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience for all participants. The tour starts and ends at the Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts.


Previous participants of the History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour have praised the tour for its captivating storytelling and knowledgeable guides. Many have expressed how the tour brought the history of Salem to life, leaving them with a deeper appreciation for the city's past. Participants were particularly impressed with the diverse range of topics covered, from the witch trials to Salem's architecture and seafaring heritage. Overall, the tour has received positive feedback for its engaging and informative nature, making it a must-do experience for anyone visiting Salem.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Salem Old Town Hall

All tours depart from Salem's Old Town Hall, on the three steps. A local historian guides you through the cobblestone-lined streets of this 17th century city by the glow of lantern light. Explore the driving factors behind the infamous Witch Trials Hysteria of 1692, meeting real practicing witches along the way. Learn about the rise of Salem as a world-class haunted seaport, creating some of the wealthiest families in its history.

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

We will be strolling the cobblestoned streets of the Essex St Pedestrian walking mall. This is the very heart of Salem, which once was a Native American trading path. You will visit the site of the First Church of Salem and hear the haunting tale of the Lady in Blue.

Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery

One of the most photographed sites in the city, the Bewitched statue will be your next stop. Learn how the locals *really* felt about this 9 foot bronze statue being dedicated in 2005. Why are their security cameras fixed on Samantha?


History & Hauntings Walking Tour of Salem, MA



5 (8654)


Excellent tour- we loved it and the teenage kiddos even enjoyed it!!! The tour went far beyond what we expected given the history that extends beyond the witch trials. Must do when in Salem!


This was such a wonderful mix of the history of Salem, above and beyond just the history of the witch trials, and some stories of hauntings. Our guide, Henry, did a wonderful job of sharing some pretty dark history and then being able to lighten things up with interesting yet more light hearted stories. Henry uses humor well and does it in a way that is not at all irreverent. We learned so much and it was a great way to begin our visit to Salem. We would definitely recommend this tour. Shana & David

Alvin B

Violet was very knowledgeable of the history and interesting phenomenons. I would recommend this tour to my family and friends when they visit Salem. Thank you for the great history lesson.


Dawn gave a fact filled fun tour that kept everyone engaged. She included history as well as legend and made Salem come alive.


Great tour..Violet was an amazing guide and story teller. Well paced and interesting. We could have stayed more than the 2 hours...


Had a great time. Hilary was awesome at going into detail into the history of Salem. We was able to see a scary figure thru a window.


Not so great. Guide was clearly just following a script, and it was weird and awkward. I really didn't learn much. Also, I was not impressed with the bashing of the merchant hotel for requesting that tour groups not block its driveway. First, that seems like a pretty reasonable request, and secondly, its unprofessional to speak ill of them for it.


Ryan is a very knowledgable tour guide. He took us all through Salem and had so many interesting stories to tell. He also doubled as a comedian (Jack Black vibes). Highly recommended.

Janice L

Sean was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Salem. He made the tour fun and interesting. Would recommend for anyone, loved it


The tour was very informative about the history of Salem along with some fun and spooky facts. Dawn was very engaging and full of spunk, it’s obvious she loves her job!
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2024-05-19 17:39