Guided tour

Salem: 1692 Witchcraft Trials Walk

4.1 / 5

77 reviews

Activity provider: Salem Historical Tours

Salem: 1692 Witchcraft Trials Walk

Activity provider: Salem Historical Tours

From US$ 25 per person

In 1692, twenty people were executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Five more died in jail. Neighbor testified against neighbor as emotions ran high in the small community. Take a 1.5-hour walking tour to find out what led to these dark events.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Examine the events that led to the witch trials of 1692
  • See important locations linked to the judges and the accused
  • Explore the personal stories of those who were accused of witchcraft
Full description
Explore this history of the infamous 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the city. Listen to tales of the fear, political turmoil, and family rivalries all help fuel the hysteria that pitted neighbor against neighbor and family members against each other. Starting from the local partner's office, visit the jails where suspected witches were held, the court house, and homes of the judges and accused. Discover how two girls having fits transformed into a frantic quest to expel the Devil, leading to the deaths of 25 innocent people. 
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  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • Not included: transport

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

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Meeting point

Meet at 8 Central Street. Look for the big brick building at the corner of Essex and Central Streets with purple signs.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Video recording
  • Audio recording

Know before you go

  • Please note that the price for the following ticket categories is the same as for students, seniors, or military. Discount categories (valid with ID): Veterans, Police, Firefighters, Teachers, EMTs, Nurses, and Salem Residents
  • The total walking distance is a little over a mile
  • There will be 8 to 10 stops
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible and the route is fairly flat
  • The tour guide will use an amplifier for large groups
  •  Tours operate rain or shine.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    3/5
  • Organization
    3/5

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Our guide, Shofta (?sp?) was very knowledgeable about the area and the history surrounding it. Occasionally he went off on tangents, which I found equally interesting. It was a very engaging tour, and fortunately I felt we did not have to tramp all over the city. My only regret is that the Witch House is apparently the only surviving structure from that era- but that was nothing anyone could do anything about. Very enjoyable - the 90 min passed very quickly!

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September 20, 2021

We did another tour and this was so much better. The guide was extremely well prepared and began the presentation with King Henry VIII to put it all in context. He explained the cultural restrictions and the literal belief in the bible and in the devil. He stressed that the “girls” involved were indeed children who had been intimidated by the adults in charge. And he explained how the hysteria came to an end. So very well done.

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October 31, 2019

Easy to find the tour company office and great communication from them about the tour and Salem beforehand. Had a small group. Guide talked while we walked which was annoying as he carried his speaker to the front and anyone in the back of the line couldn’t hear. He wasn’t as well polished as other guides I had from different companies so I found it hard to follow what he was saying sometimes. Hits the witch house and leaves you at the memorial - he took off fairly quickly from there with no time for questions afterward.

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November 1, 2022

Product ID: 238257