The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

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Experience the captivating and suspenseful story of one of the most fateful nights in the history of the Republic with The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour. This tour will transport you hour by hour, minute by minute through the last day of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. As you traverse the historic sites of Washington D.C., you will meet the characters that made up the team of conspirators desperately trying to save the Confederate cause in the dying days of the Civil War. With old photos to bring the past to life, this tour offers a thrilling and accessible experience for guests of all ages. From Lafayette Square to Ford's Theatre, each step uncovers a new layer of intrigue and espionage. Rated as one of the highest tours in D.C., don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary journey through history.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore President Lincoln's final months in the White House
  • Visit the historic theaters connected to the assassination
  • Learn about Vice President Andrew Johnson's close call
  • Step inside Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was shot
  • Experience the somber atmosphere of the Petersen Boarding House
  • Historic Photo Souvenir e-book
  • Professional, Licensed Tour Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

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Explore the final day of President Lincoln's life on The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour. This captivating tour takes you on a journey, hour by hour, minute by minute, through the events that unfolded on that fateful night. Experience the suspense, intrigue, and espionage as you meet the team of conspirators who were desperate to save the Confederate cause during the dying days of the Civil War. With a captivating narrative and old photos of the neighborhood, your tour guide will make the story accessible to guests of all ages.

What to expect?

During this 2-hour tour, immerse yourself in history as you visit key locations associated with the assassination. From Lafayette Square, where you'll learn about President Lincoln's final days in the White House, to Ford's Theatre, the very site where the fatal shot was fired, you'll be transported back in time. Gain insights into John Wilkes Booth's meeting at The National Theatre and visit the Petersen Boarding House, where Lincoln's lifeless body was brought before his carriage journey back to the White House. Listen to engaging stories and anecdotes as you walk in the footsteps of history.

Who is this for?

The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, curious travelers, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most significant events in American history. Regardless of age, this tour is accessible and engaging for all. Whether you're visiting Washington D.C. for the first time or have been captivated by Lincoln's legacy, this tour offers a unique perspective that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the past.

Why book this?

Book The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour for a spellbinding journey back in time. Uncover the hidden stories surrounding Lincoln's assassination, unravel the web of conspiracies, and gain a new appreciation for the sacrifices made for the Republic. This tour stands out from the rest with its exceptional guide who expertly weaves together historical facts and personal anecdotes, breathing life into the past. Rated as one of the highest-rated tours in D.C., it guarantees a captivating experience that will transport you to a pivotal moment in American history.

Good to know

As you embark on this tour, be prepared for a leisurely 2-hour walk through Washington D.C.'s historic landmarks. The tour begins at St. John's Church, so arrive at the corner of 16th and H St NW across from Lafayette Square. While the tour visits Ford's Theatre, it doesn't include entry to the theater itself. Instead, it focuses on the historic site and shares the significance of the location. Wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring along a curious mind ready to delve into the captivating history surrounding President Lincoln's assassination.


Past participants rave about The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour, consistently praising the guide's storytelling abilities and the engaging nature of the tour. Visitors are captivated by the depth of historical knowledge and the ability to vividly paint a picture of the events that transpired. Many describe this tour as a highlight of their trip to Washington D.C., offering a unique and immersive experience that brings history to life. Whether you're a history buff or simply interested in expanding your knowledge, this tour comes highly recommended for its informative, engaging, and unforgettable journey into the past.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Lafayette Square

The tour will begin with an introduction to President Lincoln's final months in the White House. New characters will be introduced as we explore the historic row houses that surround the park.

The National Theatre

On the day of the assassination, John Wilkes Booth stopped by this theater and met with a friend. Later that evening, Lincoln's son Tad was at this theater watching a play: Alladin or his Wonderful Lamp.

Old Post Office Pavilion

Across from this grand old building was the location of the Kirkwood House Hotel. This is where Vice President Andrew Johnson stayed. Conspirator George Azerodt rented a room here and was given the job to attack Johnson that same night...

Ford's Theatre

This is the historic theater where John Wilkes Booth snuck up behind the President like a coward and fired that fateful shot. Today it is a working theater and it has been restored to his Civil War era grandeur. Millions of Americans visit this location every year to remember Lincoln and his legacy.

Petersen Boarding House

This small and simple historic row house was a boarding house at the time of the Civil War. After Lincoln was shot, he was taken to a room on the first floor of this house while the doctors attended to his health. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton interviewed witnesses here that night. Robert Todd Lincoln arrived from the White House and stayed by his father's side all night. It was a sad procession early the next morning when they finally brought the President's lifeless body down the steps for his carriage journey back to the White House.



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Learned so much about the history of the city through a pleasant and enjoyable walk along some of its historic sites. Would do more of these here and elsewhere. Our guide was great.


Amazing guide, the tour is full of history and information that would be difficult to assemble on my own. Well design program, ran smoothly


This tour was amazing. Me and my family got to experience Booths path in which he assassinated Lincoln. I learned a lot about the assassination plan within 2 hours. Our tour guide, Rebecca explained every little detail about what happened that night. I would really recommend this tour for the people in washington.


Highly recommend! Becca was our guide. She’s an amazing storyteller. She brought history to life! She held our group riveted from start to finish - including our 15, 12 and 9-year-old!


Becca was a fabulous tour guide. Very knowledgeable, fun and very approachable! My husband is a history buff, but I am not. We both enjoyed it very much.


All the details surrounding the Assassination that you never learned were brought to light. Our guide was terrific.


This is the 2nd time I've done this tour, and it was even better the 2nd time around. Amazingly knowledgeable historian/tour guide and incredible storyteller with wonderful photographs to accompany the stories. She had us on the edge of our seats the entire time. Absolutely loved everything about this tour and highly recommend.


Our guide Rebecca was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and very accommodating. We did not get to go into any of the buildings, which the tour description clearly says, but we did get to walk and learn about what happened not just to Lincoln but we learned about the whole day and the background behind the 'good guys' and 'bad guys'. It was fun (and kept the kids entertained) to be able to walk around and see the sites while listening to Rebecca. I would highly recommend this tour. What would have made it even better is if we would have booked ahead of time the tickets to go into the Theater and the house - but that is on us!


Becca was so knowledgeable. We learned so much we didn’t know was going on during the assassination. Rain wasn’t fun but Becca did her best to try and keep us under cover whenever she could. Would definitely recommend.


Oh my! Becca was an AMAZING story teller! I so wish I could have her with us the entire time we were visiting the DC area! I totally recommend her and the Lincoln walking tour. Thank you Becca for a wonderful evening, hated to see it end.
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