• FAQ
How is this tour different?
Our guides are trained, versatile performers who make every tour a unique, immersive experience. We encourage our guides to make each tour their own, providing the unique perspective of their historical character, with engaging humor and infectious enthusiasm. The emphasis is on good storytelling and historical accuracy. We love history and we love to perform!
Who should go on your tours?
Anyone and everyone! Adults, children, dogs and parrots, even locals! Anyone who will enjoy a leisurely walk around Harvard Square and an afternoon filled with fascinating and funny true stories from the history of Cambridge.
What are the sites on your tour?
Our 90-minute tour makes stops at Winthrop Square, the John Hicks House, the Gold Coast, the Harvard Lampoon, Harvard Yard, First Parish Church, Cambridge Burial Ground, Christ Church, and Cambridge Common. Our full 2-hour tour visits all of these sites and then continues on to Tory Row and the Longfellow House.
How much does the tour cost?
Pub Crawls are $49 per person, or $58 for the Pub Crawl PLUS Dinner (you will leave full and happy). For our Historical Tours (Harvard and Old Cambridge) and Ghost Tour, tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $7 for Youth aged 9-13. You probably qualify for a discount, though, so just ask! Take both Historical Tours for our best deal at $20 for a Combo Ticket ($12 for Youth aged 9-13). Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, or from the Trolley Information kiosk in front of the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square.
Where and when do tours begin?
Tours depart from “The Pit,” the brick courtyard immediately outside the Harvard Square T, by the Visitor Information kiosk at 1400 Massachusetts Avenue. They leave hourly from 10 am to 4 pm, every day including weekends and holidays.
How long is the tour?
The 90-minute tour is just short of a mile. The full 2-hour tour is about 1 and ¼ miles.
How many people can you accommodate?
We can take as many as 45 people on a regular public tour. If you have a larger group, contact us and we would be happy to make accommodations.
Do you provide private tours and group tours?
Absolutely! We are proud to offer private and group tours of Harvard Square for families, field trips, and tour groups of all sizes. We can also customize a tour to the interests of your particular group, paying special attention to specific periods, places, or events. Contact us at info@cambridgehistoricaltours.org or call 617-520-4030 for more information.
What if it’s raining?
We will honor any reserved tickets, even in the rain. In the event that there are no reservations, tours may be subject to cancellation during weather advisories or precipitation. Check the calendar on our website or call us at 617.520.4030 to find out if a tour is cancelled. Reserved tickets can be redeemed for ANY SCHEDULED TOUR, so in cases of extreme or hazardous weather, we will gladly reschedule your tickets for another date.
Are you affiliated with Harvard? Are your guides Harvard students?
No, our guides are professional tour guides. They have backgrounds in fields as diverse as theatre, history, and political science. We are not directly connected with Harvard University.
Do your tours go inside any historical buildings?
We do not enter the buildings on our route. Most of the sites on our tour are privately owned and do not permit visitors inside. Some historical sites, such as the Longfellow House offer separate tours and events.