Beacon Hill Ghost Tour

$20.00 per person • 1.5 Hours


Boston Athenaeum, 10-1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108


Any place with houses so old and grand as Beacon Hill is bound to have a few skeletons in the closet. Our guides know where the bodies are buried (not literally), and deliver salacious tales of gossip, intrigue, hauntings, and violence on the streets of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhood. Some of the most infamous murders in American history took place on the slopes of Beacon Hill. Join us and encounter beheadings, sword duels, dismemberments, grisly relics left behind by the dead, and dark rituals aimed at bringing them back to our world.

The Gas Lamps that light these streets are nearly two hundred years old, casting creepy flickers, even today. Many horrible figures have emerged from the shadows to cross through their eerie glow, on their way to or from some horrible business.  Now they come back to life, conjured on the Beacon Hill Ghost Tour.  This tour is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, so parental discretion is advised.


Highlights Include:

The Boston Athenaeum (A library that contains a book bound in human skin)

Mary Dyer Statue

George Parkman Home (famously wealthy man chopped into pieces)

Boston Common Founder’s Monument

Edwin Booth Home

Acorn Street

The alley where a killer escaped after murdering his lover

Louisburg Square

Maria Bickford Murder Site

Charles Street Meeting House (nearby the site of the Boston Barrel murder)

Booking Notes

This is a walking tour of medium length, please bring comfortable shoes, seasonally appropriate clothes, and a bottle of water. This tour will view the exteriors of many historic homes in the Beacon Hill neighborhood but does not include or have built-in time for interior site visits. 

Using the restroom before the tour is encouraged. Public restrooms are not abundant and don't always smell great. But we can show you to one if needed.

Meeting Location: Tours meet in front of the Boston Athenaeum at 10-1/2 Beacon Street. 

—We strongly recommend taking public transportation as parking is neither cheap, easy, nor convenient downtown.

Cancellation Policy & Walking Tour General Liability Waiver

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations 72 hours in advance. 50% refund for cancellations 48 hours in advance. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours in advance. We will honor any reserved tours, even in the rain, sleet, or snow. We’ll go if you want to go. The quality of the tour will always be excellent, even if the weather isn’t!


Liability Waiver

Read carefully. This affects your legal rights. I (the party agreeing to these terms by reserving, purchasing, and/or participating in the tour) hereby waive any and all claims I may have now and in the future, and release from all liability and agree not to sue Boston History Company, its officers, agents, representatives, employees or tour guides for any personal injury, death, property damage, or loss sustained by me as a result of my participation in the walking tour due to any cause whatsoever, including without limitation, negligence on the part of Boston History Company, its staff, tour partners, or other participants, or death or injury as a result of war, civil unrest or epidemic. I further agree that if I violate this agreement and attempt to bring suit against any part of parties named herein, that I will be held responsible for attorney’s fees and any costs incurred by that person in defending such action. I acknowledge that I can fully participate in this activity. I am fully aware of risks and hazards connected with the activity, including but not limited to the risks as noted herein and I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage, or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or any loss or damage to property owned by me, as a result of being engaged in such an activity. I am aware that the tour, in addition to the usual dangers and risks inherent, has certain additional dangers and risks, some of which include: physical exertion for which I may not be prepared and weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected change. I accept all the inherent risks of the proposed tour and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage or loss resulting there from. I acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement of the proposed form of tour is derived in part from the inherent risks incurred by travel and activity beyond the accepted safety of life at home or work, and these inherent risks contribute to such enjoyment and excitement, being a reason for my participation. I agree that if I suffer injury or illness Boston History Company or its staff can, at my cost, arrange any medical treatment and emergency evacuation service as it or they deem necessary for my health and safety. I understand that Boston History Company will not be responsible for any medical costs associated with an injury I may sustain. I also understand that I am responsible for any damage I cause to the employees. Further, I agree at all times during the tour, to abide by and comply with any additional instructions given by my tour guide or any other Boston History Company staff and I accept that non-compliance may result in injury, death or permanent disability. I understand that non-compliance may result in my removal from the tour. As a participant on the tour, I accept full responsibility for my behavior, well-being, and health throughout the tour, which may involve a variety of activities, unfamiliar locations, and modes of travel. I agree to hold neither Boston History Company, nor its staff liable in any way should any harm come to me. I acknowledge and understand the dangers associated with the consumption of alcohol, agree that I am solely responsible for removing myself from participation in the walking tour if at any time I feel unable to complete or participate in the walking. I further hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the releases from any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney’s fees, that may incur due to my participation in said activity, or not, whether caused by negligence of Boston History Company or otherwise. In agreeing to this Waiver and Release, I am not relying on any oral, written nor visual representations or statements by Boston History Company or its staff or any other inducement or coercion to go on the tour. I confirm that, by my own free will, I have read and understood the Terms and Conditions of this walking tour and Wavier and Release and agree that this Waiver and Release will be binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators and successors. I agree to grant the sponsors of this tour to a worldwide, royalty-free license to use my photographic, video, or digital likeness solely for promotional, educational, and/or commercial purposes. By purchasing the tour, I affirm that I have fully understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions, Waiver and Release of Liability.