Come and explore the rich, vibrant history of New England's most loved 17th-century city! Witch City Walking Tours is an award-winning, highly rated tour company located in historic Salem, Massachusetts.
Choose from three captivating tours: History & Hauntings, Adults-only Mysteries & Murders, or our brand-new architecture stroll, Mansions & Merchants.
With your licensed guide, explore the social, political and environmental influences which spread mass hysteria, causing the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Discover how Salem became a world-class seaport, creating some of the wealthiest families in America. Stroll the cobblestone lined streets, taking in some of the most stunning architecture on beautiful Chestnut Street. The tour ends at the the somber Witch Trials Memorial, adjacent to the 1637 Burial Ground, the oldest cemetery in Salem and second oldest in the country.
Acclaimed as one of Salem's "must-do tours", and a multi-year recipient of Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence", Witch City Walking Tours is suitable for guests of all ages.
Mysteries & Murders (90 minutes)
For those who prefer a slightly *darker* perspective of the city. Your guide brings to life the true stories of murder, myth and macabre. (Ages 13+ only.)
History & Hauntings (120 minutes)
History, hauntings, the Salem Witch Trials, architecture and hidden gems. On our 6:30PM tour, you'll be guided through the cobblestone-lined streets by the glow of lantern light.
Get ready for a mysterious journey through almost 400 years of Salem’s rich and storied history. Your local, well-versed guide and historian is excited to share their passion of this magically quaint city with you. Rated as the top walking tour in Salem, you will experience two hours of chilling tales of the supernatural, captivating history, while being awed by the breathtaking architecture, and fascinated by the truth of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Your guide will take you off-the-beaten path, into a world full of wonder while you experience the lesser known spots of Salem. 2 hrs. Suitable for all agesHistory and Hauntings of Salem
Come experience the darker side of Salem with our 90 minute Mysteries and Murder tour. We retell the most spine-chilling tales of murder, mystery and macabre. Why did an insane woman in the early 1600s murder her child? Who was the famous hitman who murdered the slave trader in his sleep? Did the Boston Strangler really make a visit to Salem? These tales and much more will unfold on this whirlwind one-hour tour of this mysterious seaside city. Not for the faint of heart. Tours run rain or shine and last approximately 90 minutesMysteries and Murders of Salem
Beth founded Witch City Walking Tours in 2014 as a way to share her passion of the culture and history of Salem. A native of the North Shore, she has traveled all over the country (49 out of 50 states). Beth is a 6th grade teacher, historian, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. Some of Beths' favorite spots include the Salem Willows, Ledger Restaurant, the Hawthorne Hotel tavern, the Witch Dungeon Museum, Mahi Mahi Cruises and Notch Brewery.
April was born and raised in the Salem area. Her family has long, historical roots in New England, so she's passionate about sharing our local past with our tour guests! Some of her favorite Salem spots are: The Adriatic, Ziggy's and Son's Donuts, and The Landing. Her other interests include fashion, photography, makeup, art, philosophy, working in healthcare, and helping others.
Jon is a professional actor and director, who earned a BA in Theatre Education, a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University. Having taught high school, university, and adult education, Jon is comfortable performing in front of audiences of all ages. For several years, Jon worked as a tour guide on the historic Freedom Trail in Boston and was a tour guide for the Gangster & Ghost Tour in Chicago.
Justine is a Salem resident and local educator. She is passionate about making education accessible and engaging. In her spare time she enjoys crafting and gaming. Her favorite spots in Salem are the Ropes Mansion Garden, Historic Derby Wharf, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Kelly is a native Bostonian who relocated from Florida to Gallows Hill, Salem with her two children one October just over 20 years ago. She loves anything and everything to do with the ocean and enjoys sailing, running and traveling with her family & friends. Some of her favorite Salem spots include the Salem Willows, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) & O’Neils Craic on Sunday afternoons.
Mia is a filmmaker, history nerd, & native New Yorker who has relocated to Salem to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in a real-life Halloween Town. Mia can often be spotted in the wilds of downtown Salem where she is on a quest to try every restaurant, geeking out at the PEM with her husband, or in the park with her familiar, Shadow the black lab.
Paige is a tour guide in Salem And all of the facts she can name 'em From the Grand Turk of Derby To pirates with scurvy Oh, and something about witches in Salem
Ryan joined Witch City Walking Tours in 2019 and being a history nerd, has loved every minute of it. Moving to Salem for his eighth grade year, he made it a personal mission to learn all he could about the city around him. Giving tours has made him fall in love with every brick in the sidewalk. Each one has a story to tell from years past. Ryan can't get enough of local cuisine and coffee, so he knows where to go for a good bite!
Seán O'Brien is a ginger who does not appear in most pictures and is banned from the state of Oklahoma for reasons the government refuses to divulge. He likes cats and brandy. Also he has a Master's degree in 18th century military surgery.
Stacy Kilb is a professional cat herder with more than 10 years of experience. When not following feisty felines, she can be found stalking the streets of Salem. Having haunted the city since 2005, she is more than happy to eloquently expound upon its not-so-halycon history as well as its contemporary charms.
Vanessa is a talented and captivating story-teller, with a knack for mixing humor with historical fact. Vanessa has lived in Salem since August 2018. Moving here from Pensacola, FL, she fell in love with the rich history and eclectic lifestyle Salem offers. She is an 8th grade Civics teacher and loves sharing her knowledge of history with others. Her B.A. is in History with an emphasis on the witch hunts during Tudor and Stuart England.
Our tour guide, Beth, was amazingly knowledgeable and was able to bring Salem's history to life with gripping stories about Salem's merchant ship past, haunted locations and the witch trials. Beth took care to not only show us the iconic places of Salem, she delved into the details about the people, beliefs, world views and ordeals that faced late 1600 to mid 1700 Salem. With this backdrop, the witch trials era was put into a context that made it actually make sense! A truly memorable experience that was the highlight of our trip to Salem this weekend. Thank you Beth.
- Ron H
Our group was toured around the Witch City for two hours by Suzanne and she was FANTASTIC. This tour was a little bit of everything: history, haunted stories, architecture, movie locations. You get the best bang for your buck. While there are many tours in Salem, MA to choose from, many which include costumes and "performances," THIS WAS NOT ONE OF THEM! Truly the highlight of our trip! I can't recommend it enough.
We THOROUGHLY enjoyed this tour of Salem. I'll be honest. We talked about it all through dinner and kept referring back to it while we were in Boston. Beth was so good! She has a masters? Doctorate? in History she makes you enjoy it as much as she does. You never feel rushed or like you're asking too many questions. She is patient and so informative. And it's not just about the witch trials, there is a lot about Salem. It's a beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!! I'm kind of picky when it comes to tours because I'm a history buff and like the guide to be interesting (because history is SO INTERESTING.) I had absolutely NO complaints. Thanks Beth!!
We only had a limited amount of time in Salem, and after this wonderful walking tour we feel like we got a fantastic taste of the history of this captivating city.
Paige was a superstar tour guide. Funny, knowledgeable, and even threw a little dash of Hamilton into the proceedings. One of her stories made me genuinely exclaim, “oh my god!” She’s a fantastic storyteller and you’d be lucky to have her :-) The tour itself is fascinating. We saw so much, but never felt rushed. We had our toddler in a stroller, and she loved the tour too!
The THOROUGHLY enjoyed this tour of Salem. I'll be honest. My husband was dreading Salem and this tour. He didn't tell me that. But he absolutely LOVED it! When it was over and we went to dinner, he told me he that before we came to Salem, he wasn't thrilled about doing it, but was SO GLAD we did. We talked about it all through dinner and kept referring back to it while we were in Boston. Beth was so good! She has a masters? Doctorate? in History she makes you enjoy it as much as she does. You never feel rushed or like you're asking too many questions. She is patient and so informative. And it's not just about the witch trials, there is a lot about Salem. It's a beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!! I'm kind of picky when it comes to tours because I'm a history buff and like the guide to be interesting (because history is SO INTERESTING.) I had absolutely NO complaints. Thanks Beth!!