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2.5-Hour Salem History & Sightseeing Guided Walking Tour

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2.5-Hour Salem History & Sightseeing Guided Walking Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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2.5 Hour Salem History Walking Tour
The walking tour does not enter the historic homes interpreted.
190 Essex St , 190 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

The tour begins from the Coven’s Cottage, 190 Essex Street. (ONE NINETY, Essex Street) It is located at the intersection of Central Street and Essex Street by the green painted Almy’s post clock. Look for Kenneth in the broad-brimmed hat.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour covers the history of Salem, Massachusetts. It’s not a tour whose only subject is the Salem Witch Trials.
  • We do not enter buildings on the tour.
  • I recommend using the MBTA for weekend visits in October. Demand for parking often outstrips its availability and causes significant traffic delays. Parking information at Salem.org
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are great days to visit Salem in September and October to avoid crowds.
  • The tour is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • The tour is conducted in all seasonal weather, including rain and cold. Dress accordingly.
  • Tour gathers 15 minutes prior to departure. Tour begins promptly.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Salem Walking Tours
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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  • "Also, if you have the flexibility know that October is chaos in Salem so plan accordingly." See review
  • "This is an excellent tour for someone who is interested in the rich history of Salem beyond the witch trials (but he did include those as well)." See review
  • "It was rainy that day, and Ken had rain ponchos available for us." See review

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star-5
Absolutely fantastic!!
Abigail_K
, Jul 2022
I would highly recommend this walking tour for someone looking to dive into the history of Salem. Show & Tells make it extra delightful!
star-5
Amazing must do tour
Brian_E
, Jun 2022
Ken is amazing and extremely knowledgeable. It's obvious he has done his research on the history of Salem. He goes got of his way to make everyone included. He ended the tour by singing an old English version song of Psalms. If you are going to do a tour of Salem this is the one you have to do.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Brian, I so enjoy my guests and the welcomed exercise of continued studies on all that we see together in Salem. It’s also fun to see people light up as they find out about our story here. My best, Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
star-5
A GREAT MORNING OUT
Sasha_B
, Jun 2022
Really nice guy. Very informative. Gave lots of additional detail and made it very enjoyable. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
You’re welcome! Kenneth Salemwalkingtours
star-5
Great for history buffs!
Chantall_H
, Jun 2022
Such a nice tour with so much info about history of Salem and Witch Trials. Kenneth is full of knowledge and made this tour unique, really enjoyed it! He took the time to help me figure out what else I should explore while in Salem, thank you Kenneth!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Chantall, Thank you for making the time to create this review. One review with full marks when earned helps greatly with visability. My best, Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Such a lovely tour,...
Berna_K
, May 2022
Such a lovely tour, highly recommended! Perfect for Halloween and learning the history of Salem, it was so much fun.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! October brings the most visitors in any month to Salem. This year I am offering October tours from October 1st to the 21st, 2022. I’ll be on a two week hiatus starting 10/22 to visit friends in Romania. Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
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Our knowledge tour guide...
Troy_S
, May 2022
Our knowledge tour guide made this a fantastic tour. He was very kind & knew the area well. We gained lots of history on the area that we were unaware of.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing my walking tour. Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
star-5
Great day to learn more history
Ellen_M
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable about Salem’s history, especially beyond the Witch Trials. We completely enjoyed every stop and information shared. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you both for a great tour. Kenneth Salemwalkingtours
star-5
Wonderful Walk on a Beautiful May Day
Cynthia_D
, May 2022
Ken is very knowledgeable and entertaining. I learned much about the history of Salem and, luckily, Ken included the history of the Winthrop Fleet as I am particularly interested in my early ancestor’s experience. Salem is a fascinating place. Ken made it come alive. I highly recommend this walk.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I enjoyed the tour equally. In gratitude, Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
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Salem History Tour
Linda_M
, May 2022
Salem has a lot of history. I loved the information and would love to visit again. Ken was very informative, he made the tour fun.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thankyou Linda! Kenneth
star-5
Great!!!!
Nina_O
, Apr 2022
We had a great time. Kenneth was great with answering questions and showing us additional stops that the group had questions about and wanted to see. Totally worth going.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I had an enjoyable time of your tour with all of the interest in Salem on the tour.
star-5
Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Diane_G
, Apr 2022
Off season tour. My daughter and I had the guide all to ourselves. He was so knowledgeable. Had a great time..
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! I am very pleased to see that you had a great time.
star-5
Fantastic Tour Guide
Lydia_G
, Nov 2021
The most memorable part was our tour guide singing a traditional Puritan hymn in the graveyard and the overall experience with his factual depiction sprinkled with appropriate humor and interest. He was really fantastic. You can tell he really enjoys his job.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much! In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
Best tour for all things Salem!
Ashley_S
, Nov 2021
This was not only educational but fun and you see so much! Ken even sang a Puritan Hymn and told a great story about meeting Bette Midler! It was amazing!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bette Midler met me. Its a good anecdote for a little fun. In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
The BEST tour
Dora_K
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and genuine. He has studied the history of this amazing town and it shows. I loved the fact that we had a small group. I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
My tours are sometimes truly small group tours and sometimes just smaller than what is permitted by the chief of police. Thank you, Kenneth Glover
star-5
A Phenomenal Tour!
Doug_K
, Oct 2021
What’s the key to understanding mysterious Salem, Massachusetts? Is it all spooks and Harry Potter wannabes? By walking in the footsteps of its early settlers and hearing their stories, the past becomes much more understandable. Our tour guide, Kenneth, is a historian & a master story-teller. He. brought the past alive with not only interesting facts, but songs & memorabilia as well. Plus, he is an all-around nice fellow, who showed generous hospitality & concern for our group throughout our 2.5 hour walking tour. We went two days before Halloween, and the town was packed. Kenneth managed to take us to places that he (as an insider) knew would be interesting & a little away from the crowds. He’s the best. His tour was awesome!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Im glad you enjoyed Salem as much as I do! The best time of year to visit Salem is May through September. October is essentially the transition into winter for New England but is still lots of fun with the massive crowds of month long costumed party goers. I’m enjoying Halloween day off in costume. My best, Kenneth Glover
star-5
Best tour ever
Erin_H
, Oct 2021
Ken was knowledgeable and personable. He really made the tour a fun and unique experience. Honestly, Ken is the best your guide I’ve ever had. I would recommend his tour to my friends and family
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
I appreciate your appraisal of my tour. I work intentionally to provide an excellent historical tour throughout the year. In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
Amazing Tour Guide!
Delcina_B
, Oct 2021
Ken, the tour guide was absolutely amazing! You can tell that he really enjoys the history of Salem, and teaching it. 10/10 would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
I do! In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
100/10 You need to take this tour!
Michael_A
, Oct 2021
Ken was absolutely fantastic! My fiancee and I took a day trip to Salem to explore and learn the history if Salem, and we were so glad we chose this tour! Ken not only tells great stories of the famous witch trials, but brings you through the rich history of Salem beyond the trials. Ken was so friendly and even brought snacks for all on the tour (for no additional cost!). Could not recommend this tour enough!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
The snacks were a new idea I began to implement this October out of necessity on days where high demand made the simplest purchases of food impossible for my guests and I. I want my guests upright and alert on my tours. In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
Awesome experience!
DAnne_H
, Oct 2021
Kenneth was absolutely awesome! He is so helpful and so well versed in the history of the city! I would recommend him to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Salem is just one of my favourite places to learn and talk about. In gratitude, Kenneth
star-5
Memorable tour and Ken is a wonderful storyteller and great tour guide
Erold_M
, Oct 2021
Ken was a wonderful tour guide and made our 1st visit to Salem, MA very special. My wife and I are history buffs and Ken has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Salem and the surrounding area. He has a gift for storytelling and we thoroughly enjoyed the many stories he shared with our group about Salem. Lastly, Ken is a very thoughtful guy who made my wife’s day very special by surprising her with flowers since we were celebrating a birthday milestone for her. I would take his tour in a heartbeat again! Ken, keep being you and thank you for making our visit to Salem so memorable! Erold & Bridget.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Erold and Bridget, Wards florist provides me with the the most beautifully arranged flowers and a cheerful visit each morning, sometimes even for very special occasions such as this. Very best wishes! Kenneth Glover.

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