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2.5-Hour Salem History & Sightseeing Guided Walking Tour

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Salem, United States
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

Overview

Salem, Massachusetts, is known for the infamous witch trials, but that isn’t the only historical occurrence you’ll learn about during this guided walking tour. Join a guide for a deep dive into the long history of Salem from the Puritans and Patriots to the present day. You’ll stop by city landmarks including the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, the Pickering House, and the Ropes Mansion and Gardens. This tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Explore Salem's history beyond the infamous witch trials
  • Walk through the historic district with a local guide
  • Discuss the indigenous peoples, Puritans, and Patriots from Salem
  • Stop at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and Old Town Hall
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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
Kenneth is the best!
Rita_D
, Aug 2022
My husband and I loved every minute of our tour! We learned so much new information. Kenneth was amazing! Not only was he super informative, but made sure everyone was included, comfortable and together. I would recommend Kenneth's tour to anyone!
star-5
Very recommended
Denise_N
, Aug 2022
Great walking tour. You get the true history of Salem and the trials. No gimmicks. I recommend you start with this tour before you do anything else
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you! Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Great Tour
ManuelRodrigue_R
, Aug 2022
Great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about Salem. On a very hot day, he provided cold water and made sure we stayed, as much as possible, in the shade. When it started to rain, the guide got us all umbrellas. The guide allowed and answered all questions with lots of detail, it was a great job!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Im glad that you enjoyed the tour. Thank you, Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Kenneth is the best!
Stephen_H
, Aug 2022
Kenneth was phenomenal! He obviously has a love for the area and people here. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
In gratitude, Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-3
It was good but didn't wow me
Kimberly_M
, Aug 2022
Ken was very knowledgeable but the stories were way too long and got off point. We passed by a lot of buildings and sights that I would've liked to know about. He talked about the 4 or 5 places we stopped at but there were so many streets we just walked by. I would rather have more shorter stories about a lot of things rather than longggggg stories about a few things.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for the review.and I’m relieved that you found the tour good although it did not wow. I will absolutely take the constructive critique about this monday afternoon’s presentation and to also pepper brief references to more places that we are passing. I’m going to do that! You got me on an off moment but im going to take your advice. In fact a great suggestion for more high temperature days ahead. Thank You! Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Excellent tour - one not to miss!
Stephanie_N
, Aug 2022
I could not rate this tour more highly if I tried. The tour was engaging, super informative and very enjoyable. As a result, we left Salem very happy indeed and would love to go back one day to explore more.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Im glad that you enjoyed Salem so much that you would consider returning. Thank you, Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours.
star-5
Amazing
david_w
, Aug 2022
I am a history teacher and have been on many walking tours. This is by far the best. Ken took us on a 3 hour marvelous historic tour of salem. No hockus pocus just the facts and a great representation of the presence of mind of the 1691 people.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
I love that I can offer a tour like this. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Great guide and tour!
Bonnie_B
, Jul 2022
What a wonderful tour with Kenneth! We were a small group so he took us to some extra places and I appreciated that flexible approach. He was so informative not only about the witch trials but also the origin of the settlement and history through the revolution and a bit later. He was attentive to hydration needs on this super hot day and kept us in the shade when he could. Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Keeping my guests and I hydrated for comfort and health on challenging days is really important to me. Thank you Bonnie. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Frances_L
, Jul 2022
Kenneth gave a wonderful tour. I learned so much listening to him talk about the history of Salem. He loves his city and it shows. I highly recommend taking the tour. It seemed far shorter than the 2 and half hours it was.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
It was a pleasure to meet you both and to see L & J once again. Thank you for your real hospitality and all of you for good conversation. I am glad that you are enjoying Salem and the North Shore as you are. Sincerely, Kenneth
star-5
A walk through Salem history
Michael_L
, Jul 2022
I have to say this tour was the best part of my trip to Salem! I love seeing historical sites and absolutely loved the tour! And as far as a tour guide, could not have found any better!!! Highly recommend taking this tour if you're taking the time to see Salem!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I am glad to have been part of your trip to Salem. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Toothaker decendents
Deborah_G
, Jul 2022
Information on Salem witches especially Roger Toothaker which we are descendants of on my mothers side.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking tours
star-5
Kenneth was a wonderful tour guide.
Kristi_V
, Jul 2022
Tour guide had the ladies of the group lay flowers on the individual markers of the 5 women who were hanged on July 19 (same day as our tour). Very thoughtful and sweet. To remind us they were real people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Indeed they were. Kenneth
star-5
Excellent historic walking tour of Salem.
Lorrie_L
, Jul 2022
We had only an afternoon to spend in Salem, so we decided that a walking tour would be a fun and efficient way to check out the highlights of this very cool town. I chose the 2.5 hour history walking tour because I wanted to hear more about the city than its hauntings and ghost stories. This tour with Kenneth met all of our expectations on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Kenneth has found his niche in life and made the tour very interesting for 2 adults and a 13-year old girl. We covered a lot of territory - literally and figuratively. History, architecture, religion…and a little local gossip and a folklore thrown in. Highly recommend for adults and kids 10+.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I’ve been known to indulge In the chronicle of the day. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
Interesting and intuitive tour!
Emily_R
, Jul 2022
Kenneth is amazing and this was a very personal and entertaining tour. You never knew what interesting item he was going to pull out of his satchel. I highly recommend this tour to old and young alike.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I have a few curiosities that I carry with me on my tour that guests find interesting. Kenneth Glover Salem Walking Tours
star-5
guide was excellent
Rex_S
, Jul 2022
The guide was available by phone and did not have to leave a message when I needed to find out information about the tour. very helpful and knowledgeable about Salem's history.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Rex, It was good to talk about the Salem Ferry and you’re arrival time. I can be helpful. I like to pick up my calls as often as I can. I can't take them during the walking tour and I don’t bring my phone to meeting for worship with Friends (Quakers) or the dinner table. When I can answer I really enjoy sharing any helpful advice with future guests. In gratitude, Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
star-5
Great tour.
Jessica_S
, Jul 2022
The tour was very informative and enjoyable. It even held the attention of my 16 year old. He was so patient with the small children that were on the tour with their parents. We saw historical houses, cemeteries and a beautiful garden; things we would have never found on our own. When the tour was over he took the time to show my son and I an exhibit that showed items that were years and years old. We loved it.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
In gratitude, Kenneth Glover Salemwalkingtours
star-5
I am a descendant of the accused
Judy_E
, Jul 2022
Ken was a great tour guide. He is kind, knowledgeable, detailed but not boring and has a deep grasp of the historical value of the area. He was very resourceful and gave me info. in how to research historical documents and further my own family history and understanding, as I am a direct descendant of 3 of the accused, two of whom died by hanging. Anyway...Ken was a great (if not the greatest) tour guide. I really appreciated his tour and he even sang a sweet benediction to us before we parted for the day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Judy, I am so glad you came to Salem knowing already. I just had another guest days after you find her connection to history. She learned that the Doctor Griggs is In her family tree. She received a text from a family member with the relavant information as the tour concluded. You are part of an exciting week! Kenneth Salemwalkingtours
star-5
Definitely recommend!
Shawn_K
, Jul 2022
Very knowledgeable and gave a diverse tour not just about the Witch Trials. Would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you. Kenneth Salemwalkingtours
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!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Abigail for the review of the things you especially enjoyed. In gratitude, Kenneth Salemwalkingtours
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

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