What do you get when you combine a cursed privateer, a pyromaniac circus ringleader, a demon spat out of the pits of Hades, a homicidal opera diva, and a deranged nanny? An experience unlike anything else in Boston!
Those are just a few of our guides who will drag you kicking and screaming through Boston’s sordid past. Never was there a more treacherous lot of characters - each one dying to tell you tales of Boston’s dead in their own unusual way. There are so many of us that each time you take our ghost tour, you’ll have a startling new experience. So join us again and again! You will never know with whom you will be trapped.
Hear all about Boston's darker side!
In a city nearly four hundred years old - troubled with war, murderers, strife and the occasional bout of stray molasses, it is hardly any wonder that Boston remains one of the most haunted cities in America and stories of the glory days of Colonial Bosston only scratch the surface of Boston’s darker side.
Walk amongst the dead in burying grounds nearly four hundred years old, hear stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet, and listen to tales of many of the sordid practices that went along with them. Venture to the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history. And ask yourselves - are you afraid of being buried alive? Walk atop Boston’s largest unmarked burying ground and hear tales of the tortures, punishments and executions that took place there. You may even find yourselves involved in some…
Boston has found itself plagued with some of history’s most nefarious figures – The Boston Strangler, Jolly Jane, Dr. John Webster, Cotton Mather, amongst a slew of other assorted characters.
The city proper is not the only source of stories here. Boston Harbor played a pivotal role in the formation and daily life – and death – of Boston citizens. With drowning being an occupational hazard of a sailor’s life, the Harbor is home to many a dark tale of death in freezing waters.
Explore some of Boston's most haunted sites...
See Boston’s most haunted hotel: The Omni Parker House. As you pass by, you’ll hear stories of the hotel’s more bizarre and permanent tenants. Hear the gruesome saga of the Boston Strangler, and see where his final victim breathed her last.
Join us as we explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead as your tour includes exclusive nighttime access into two of Boston’s oldest burying grounds. But you won’t be traveling alone.
Ghosts & Gravestones is not like any tour you’ve taken before! We’ve been thrilling our audiences for more than a decade and all of us are waiting for you to be next.
Ghost tours run rain or shine. We run on dark and stormy nights!
Comfortable shoes are recommended so that you don’t become dead on your feet during the two twenty-minute walking portions.
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Leave your preconceived notions of Boston’s past behind and venture off the map with us as we enter King's Chapel Burying Ground!
The oldest burying ground within the confines of downtown Boston; this is the final resting place of many of Boston’s first inhabitants. Here you may peer inside a decrepit charnel house which contains the jumbled bones of hundreds of forgotten souls and learn of Ephraim Littlefield and his shocking black-market body trading scandal of the Victorian era. Or perhaps you will hear the tale of King’s Chapel’s Strangers Tomb and the ghost who haunts it.
* Please note: each tour will visit 2 of the following 3 burying grounds: Copp's Hill Burying Ground, The Granary Burying Ground and King's Chapel Burying Ground.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! CALL 617-269-3626.
Length of tour: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This tour may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age. Due to the loud noises on our tour, children under the age of 6 are not allowed onboard.
The Ghosts & Gravestones tour of Boston is performed with the cooperation of the city's Parks & Recreation Department and its Historic Burying Grounds Initiative. A portion of the ticket price goes fully toward ongoing maintenance of Boston's historic cemeteries.