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Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

The Salem Witch Trails was a period in history that is misunderstood easily. On this walking tour, follow a guide to main sites such as the witchcraft memorial and courthouse, as you hear stories from accusers and victims to gain a better understanding yourself. Plus, this Salem walking tour starts in the late afternoon leaving you plenty of time to fill up the rest of your day with activities.
  • Get closer to sights in Salem by exploring the city on foot
  • A guide knows the best spots to see in order to get the most out of your visit
  • Hear personal stories of actual accusers and victims of the Salem Witch Trials
  • A convenient meeting spot for this Salem tour makes it easy to get started
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90-minute Salem Witchcraft Walking Tour
Local and Professional Guide
Gain detailed insight into the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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8 Central St , 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

4pm Tour Departure Point: Salem Historical Tours office at 8 Central Street. (part of the pedestrian walkway downtown at the corner of Essex and Central Street). Address: Salem Historical Tours 8 Central Street, Salem, MA 01970 Return point: Returns to downtown area. Guide can direct you to where you want to go. *Please plan to check in 15-20 minutes prior to your tour. **Please call office at 978.745.0666 if there are any questions on where to meet.

Salem , Salem, MA, USA

Return point: Returns to downtown area. Guide can direct you to where you want to go.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Tours depart at 4pm. Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your tour. Check in at Salem Historical Tours Office at 8 Central Street, Salem, MA.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be advised that the state of Massachusetts and the City of Salem are requiring masks to enter business establishments. You will not be able to enter our business without a mask or face covering. Until further notice, a mask or face covering will be required on tours since we will not be able to stay six feet away from each other. Salem Historical Tours LLC reserves the right to deny service to anyone refusing to wear a mask or face covering. This requirement is subject to change based on orders by the state and the city.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Salem Historical Tours, LLC
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-1
Be more direct with start point.
Dee_G
, Aug 2022
I couldn't find the starting point, even after asking vendors in the area. I received the email with the directions 30 minutes after the start.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We send every guest an email with our meeting point well in advance. We get hundreds of visitors every month that have no trouble finding our office. We have a phone number you could've called instead of asking other tour companies who may have no clue where our meeting point is. When you couldn't find the meeting spot and missed your tour, we graciously refunded your ticket.
star-5
Great tour!
Julie_S
, Aug 2022
Very informative tour. Our guide was excellent. He was a history teacher but did these tours during the summer. He was very knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Julie, Thank you for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time with us! The Professor is one of the best tour guides around! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Great adventure.
Maryann_H
, Aug 2022
Great tour. Lots of fun and interesting info. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Would recommend this.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Maryann, Thank you for the wonderful review! Christine is the one of the best in town! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-4
Tour guide did a great...
Julie_B
, Aug 2022
Tour guide did a great job! She was knowledgeable and informative. She made the time interesting and fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Julie, Thank you for the wonderful review! We're pleased to hear you had a great time with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Great tour
Francine_B
, Jul 2022
Great guide, enjoyed the history of the area, guide was very knowledgeable. We saw many of Salem's landmarks.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Francine, Thank you for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-3
Tour
LORRAINE_S
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. Unfortunately his microphone was not functioning and difficult to hear all he had to say
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Lorraine, We're sorry to hear the guides microphone wasn't fully functioning. While all our guides do the best they can to project their voices on tours the mic should always be ready to go for every tour.
star-3
Wouldn’t do it again.
Angela_F
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and full of information regarding the “witch” trial and history surrounding it, but there was nothing to see. The witch house was not really the witch house, you can’t see the tree in which the people were hung. I just thought there would be a lot more visual things to see to be able to put with the story. I think for the walking that was required to really not see anything, was not worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
The trials were 330 years ago and the buildings are gone. The Witch House is the home of Judge Corwin. It's called the witch house because of his ties to the witch trials. We know the site of the executions, but nobody knows what tree was used to hang the witches. Nobody knows if the tree still exists. And the debate rages as to whether they used a tree for the first hanging and then built a gallows. We know the locations of many of the events. Every tour in Salem has the same issue, but at least our tour shows pictures we've found from old books of people's homes and locations where events happened that are too far to walk. We walk about a mile because many locations were centered in the downtown area.
star-4
Nice snapshot of Salem 1692/1693
Marlene_S
, Jul 2022
Tour was quick paced but not too fast that we couldn't keep up. My husband walks with a cane and Christine was great with making sure she didn't start talking until he was there also. Christine is very knowledgeable about the city and the events that took place. 90 minutes is a nice slice of time for the tour and we didn't feel like it dragged on.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello and Thank You for the wonderful review! Christine is truly an amazing tour guide. We're thrilled to hear you and your husband had a great time with us. Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Great tour
Charlie_B
, Jul 2022
Stephany was great. She made the tour interesting and knew her stuff. The tour cover a bunch of details and people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Charlie, Thank you for the amazing review! We're so happy to hear you had a great time with Stephany! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Great walking tour
Joyce_W
, Jul 2022
Our guide was engaging and charming. We had someone on the tour who was a descendent of an accused and executed witch...so interesting.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Joyce, Thank you for the wonderful review! It's always interesting to have descendants on the tours with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-3
No historical areas to view.
Cecelia_P
, Jul 2022
There is nothing to see on the walk pertaining to the witch trials. It is a walk only for the exercise. The guide was very knowledgeable and kind.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Cecelia, Most of the structures from the trials are gone, except for the Witch House (Judge Corwin's House). We do our best to try and bring back the history of 1692 with pictures and stories. We go to the Salem Witch Memorial and The Witch House as well as other locations where people lived and where events happened. No tour can do anything different, but we do it better than all.
star-3
Low energy and minimal engagement by guide. Would not use 🎤
margot_g
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was reading index cards and was not the most engaging. Group had to ask many times for him to turn on his microphone which he kept turning off.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Margot, we're sorry to hear you didn't have the best time with us. While we allow our tour guides to bring notes and other items, they are always reminded to use these only to help enhance the tour as the history of the Witchcraft Trials is a complex story. Salem can be a loud and busy city and our guides are always encouraged to make adjustments for volume throughout the tour.
star-5
Witches get a bad rap
jd2twq4jyz
, Jul 2022
Very informative and interactive. Our guide loves her job. She was engaging and prepared. Enjoyable tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello and Thank You for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time learning about the Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem. Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Stephany was a great tour...
Amber_M
, Jun 2022
Stephany was a great tour guide with lots of knowledge about the trials! Definitely learned new things and got to see a lot of cool stuff! Can't wait to go back to Salem next year!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Amber, Thank you for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
Interesting and fun
Mark_R
, Jun 2022
Really interesting and fun tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Our group was small and very friendly and we learned an enormous amount about the trials and the people involved considering the length of walk…excellent!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Mark, thank you for the amazing review! We're pleased to hear you had a fun time learning about our amazing city! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-5
The whole tour was...
Monika_B
, Jun 2022
The whole tour was awesome we enjoyed it very much was very educational! We would recommend this tour we we’re very happy with this tour
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Monika, thank you for the wonderful review! Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour of Salem with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-3
Needed more.
Susan_D
, Jun 2022
The guide gave Wonderful information throughout the tour. But the tour needs to include a walk through the cemetery, walk around the stone benches representing the lives lost. Our stops along the tour were in parking lots Disappointing
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The 1692 Salem Witchcraft Walk does not enter the cemetery because none of the victims of the Witch Trials are buried there. We do go to the Witchcraft Memorial but it is a public area so we as a group usually stand a few feet away so everyone can view the memorial. We use pictures to bring back locations of Salem in 1692 that aren't around today.
star-3
Not for historians.
Anonymous
, Jun 2022
Disappointing. I had hoped for a more serious historical tour delving into the 1692 history of the witch trials. This was a lot of standing and pop culture references and joking about the accused.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sorry to hear you didn't have the best time with us. While some of the guides might joke around or something while walking to a new stop, there should've been a lot of history and historical facts from the Witch Trials of 1692 at each stop. Please email me at salemhistoricaltours@gmail.com and next time you come to Salem I would like to have you back for a tour on us.
star-5
Excellent Your!
Simone_K
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very thorough and posed questions that left you thinking hmmm.... She covered the history of 1692 with side stories that tied into the Witch Trials.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Simone, Thank you for the wonderful review. We're so glad to hear you had a great time with us! Please be sure to come back again soon!
star-4
Salem tour
Nicole_O
, Jun 2022
Easy location to meet tour guide. Tour guide gave a nice walking tour around Salem while talking about witch trials
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much. We're glad you enjoyed the tour.

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