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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
200 Atlantic Ave , 200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour boards at the end of the Long Wharf Marriott at 200 Atlantic Avenue. Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

This activity will end right where it started.
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 of Boston
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
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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
See all safety measures taken by Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour.

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  • "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 and entertaining, stories I hadn’t heard before
Maria_M
, Jun 2022
Interesting and fun tour. We took the 8pm tour to give a spookier nighttime experience. Coolest parts were going into the old graveyards in the dark. They are closed to the public at this time but tours had key access. I picked this tour due to an injury I was recovering from and wanted limited walking. We hopped off 3 or 4 times and only one of the stops could be challenging for someone with trouble walking (One steep hill). Tour guide was loud enough using a microphone while we were on the trolley so we could hear over the sound of traffic.
star-4
Step back in time
DIXIE_C
, Jun 2022
Inside the graveyards and the history given. Quite interesting and the costumes added to the experience
star-5
Were had a great time!
Shawna_O
, Jun 2022
So much fun! Be ready to hike! Great stories and Cordelia was awesome!! My knees couldn't do the 1st cemetery on the hill, but the next was great!!
star-5
Great family activity
Allison_B
, Jun 2022
Great tour! Funny and informative. My 10 year old son loved it. I thought it was a great evening activity.
star-5
Both Teenagers and Adults in our family LOVED THIS!!!
Raynee_B
, Jun 2022
Beautiful night, Fun guide, Some of out teenagers screamed on last part of the tour!! This event was a hit for all ages in our family!!!
star-5
Blast!
Jason_E
, Jun 2022
It was William’s last tour! What a memory! One of the best things we did in Boston! So fun, exciting…simply a blast! And hi to Momma!
star-5
Ghost Trip
Chantelle_S
, Jun 2022
What was most memorable was the actors. They were very good at their job, at telling stories, and being friendly.
star-5
Spooky and educational evening!
David_M
, Jun 2022
We had a great time! Our 6 & 9 year old loved it. Walking through the graveyards at night was really special.
star-5
Awesome!!
Mark_B
, Jun 2022
I am here for work but brought my wife and daughter. E we had a great time. Staying up late was worth being tired the next morning. The crew, tour, and facts really kept our attention. Thank you!
star-4
Boston Ghosts and Gravestones
Alan_K
, Jun 2022
Guides were great. Excellent stories, humor and interesting facts about Boston. My teenage boys had a blast!
star-5
Our tour guide was so...
Kelly_K
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was so cool! Scary and historical wrapped up in one fun experience. I would definitely recommend.
star-5
Perfect for teens!
Jennifer_P
, Jun 2022
Our family trip included several teens/ young adults and they LOVED this tour. So did the adults! The tour guide had us laughing the whole time and told some great stories.
star-5
Best. Guide. Ever!!
Eric_M
, Jun 2022
Thé tour was amazing! I don’t recall our guide’s name, but he was a slender man with a shaved head, black clothes, and red suspenders. His ability to tell interesting stories infused with the perfect amount of humor and group interaction was second to none! We have been on ghost tours up and down the east coast and this was head and shoulders above the rest, primarily because of the excellence of our guide! Thank you for an awesome experience that my family loved!
star-4
I would have like more...
Sandra_C
, Jun 2022
I would have like more stories while on the trolley. I'm sure Boston has tons of Ghosts due to its history. Other than that I thought it was interesting, engaging, and a refreshing change from all other traditional tours you can take.
star-3
Interesting
VJ_M
, Jun 2022
The tour guide, Stella, doesn't articulate well, so it was mostly word mumbling when on the bus; she was more understandable when walking. She also made misstatements and when questioned, she claimed she had 2 Master's degrees. She was condescending with a know-it-all attitude. The grave digger gets an award for overacting.
star-5
Ghost tour Boston
Susan_S
, Jun 2022
Our guide was fabulous, lots of great facts and funny! We had a wonderful time. Thank you Boston Ghost Tours! ☠👻🙂
star-5
The spirits of history
Dana_O
, Jun 2022
The guy who did the cemetery in the commons. He was really incharacter. He was very detailed about the people in the cemetery. We went at 6:30but I think after dark would be even better.
star-5
Haunted Headstone History Tour
Laurie_M
, Jun 2022
Such a great tour- loved the music and the history. Tour guides were wonderful. We went at 9:00 pm and that was a perfect time.
star-5
Go for it
Stephanie_N
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was entertaining, a lot of interesting facts. The actor IN the graveyard killed it (no pun intended). He was a riot. Great tour.
star-5
Perfect balance
James_D
, Jun 2022
Betty was fantastic! Funny and scary, bus was clean and in good shape. ~90min time was just perfect in length.

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