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Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour
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Overview

Discover some of Boston’s deepest, darkest secrets on a “frightseeing” tour aboard the Trolley of the Doomed, which roams around the haunted streets and burial grounds of Boston. Your costumed host provides illuminating insights into the history of the city's spookiest sights such as Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
  • Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger
  • Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston
  • Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials
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Ghost themed trolley tour
Narration by professional tour conductor
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the tour

Departure Point

200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Boston’s original “frightseeing” tour is an evening of fear and fun. Climb aboard the Trolley of the Doomed for an experience unlike any other. Uncover Boston’s darkest secrets and hear the stories of those lost souls who many locals believe still wander the streets and alleys of this historic town.

Learn about some of the city’s most sinister characters, from Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, to Jane Toppan, aka Jolly Jane, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Walk through two of the oldest burial grounds in Boston, including Old Granary, the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots like Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, plus Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. Also, visit the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history.

Come with an open mind and see if any ghosts appear. It’s a ride on the dark side.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ghosts & Gravestones
Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory. Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein. Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Remember that half of the tour is walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended (so you don't become "dead" on your feet)!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Old Town Trolley Tours
Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory. Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein. Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Remember that half of the tour is walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended (so you don't become "dead" on your feet)!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Pass Boston Tea Party Ships
Stop At:  
Granary Burying Ground
Walk through Granary Burying Ground
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Copp's Hill Burying Ground
Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North End
Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Historic Tours of America - Boston
Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Instant Confirmation
  • When booking, and for contact purposes only, please enter a local Boston hotel phone number or a cell phone number you can be reached on
  • Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
The tour departs from 200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Feb 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
You must check in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour. Of course, you are welcome to check in even earlier than that.
Feb 2021
Q:
Does the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour run in the rain?
A:
YES! The tour runs on dark and stormy nights. The only time tours will be canceled due to weather is if conditions prove to be too dangerous to proceed. In this event, all reserved parties will be notified.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour handicap accessible?
A:
The tour is not recommended for guests who are unable to safely navigate stairs, cobblestones, and rough terrain, however, reasonable accommodations will be made. Please call us at the number on your ticket 24 hours in advance so that we can assist.
Feb 2021
Q:
How scary is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
This tour is rated PG-13 and is not intended for young children. Due to the loud noises, children under the age of 6 are not permitted. We use haunted house-style moments, historical facts, and creative storytelling throughout the tour.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are food and drink allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are pets allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:
Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted.
Feb 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "Note that the guide can speak fast so be prepared for that if English is a second language." See review
  • "If you're interested in the history of Boston, given with a twist of "scary", don't miss this." See review
  • "Taking the trip at dawn added to the ambiance of the tour." See review

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star-5
Fun Tour
Ranie_T
, Jul 2021
Dottie Mayhem was an awesome tour guide. She was very entertaining. Loved this tour. Loved touring the graveyards and hearing all of the stories. Would strongly recommend!
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star-5
A fun way to learn some history
Michael_G
, Jul 2021
I learned a lot of interesting stories and events that happened.i would of liked to go hear more stories about the graveyards. I enjoyed the tour and Diane telling the stories to us
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star-5
Ghastly Great!
Martin_N
, Jul 2021
First time in Boston and we (My wife and 18-yr old daughter as well) LOVED this tour. The guides were gloriously over-acting (really fun) and we learned a lot about the some of the more ominous history and lore of this great town - we would do this again in the future!
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star-5
Fun, Different way to see Boston
Toby_K
, Jul 2021
Brought my friends for my bachelorette and we had a great time! Mercy was a wonderful tour guide (paying close attention to my jumpier girls),Cordelia was a lovely driver and we were all very impressed with Dottie’s storytelling! So glad we went!
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star-5
Entertaining and educational
Mark_A
, Jul 2021
The whole experience from checking in to departing the bus was excellent. Our guide was engaging funny and attentive. And scary 🤣
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star-5
Hauntings in July
Michael_M
, Jul 2021
Dottie made every part memorable, she was very entertaining and hilarious. I was a little nervous that it was going to be cheesy but it turned out great! I actually learned a lot about the ghosts and gravestones in the city that I never would have expected to be their stories. She was particularly good at telling Mary Sullivan’s story. The only thing that could have made it better was a “dun dun dun!” noise at the end of the Boston Strangler story when she revealed what the most recent DNA evidence had found because that was spine tingling!
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star-5
Would def recommend
Rebecca
, Jul 2021
Hilarious and knowledge staff and guides. I took this tour with my mother when I was 15 and loved it. I came back 15 years later with my husband because of how memorable and enjoyable my first experience was. Didn’t disappoint, yet again. Would recommend the 7:00 tour as it is still light out and you can see the gravestones, and then towards the end of the tour it gets darker and more spooky.
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star-5
Great Tour
Shannan_R
, Jul 2021
The tour was a big hit with the whole family, including three teenagers. It was a little campy at times, but the tour guides were very informative. It was great that they stayed in character the whole time, even if they were asked questions. I would definitely recommend this, especially for families whose older kids are tired of the traditional history things.
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Frightful Ghostly Grave Yard Walk in the dark
Gerri_B
, Jul 2021
The host on the tour was hysterical and a good story teller It was fun at night with the burning candle leading the way in the dark
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Body Count
Debbie_A
, Jul 2021
Learning how many actual bodies are buried in one cemetery. Sailors wore one gold earring to pay for their funeral if washed up on shore.
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