Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour

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Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

From USD 47.20

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover some of Boston’s deepest, darkest secrets on a “frightseeing” tour aboard the Trolley of the Doomed, which roams around the haunted streets and burial grounds of Boston. Your costumed host provides illuminating insights into the history of the city's spookiest sights such as Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
  • Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger
  • Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston
  • Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials

What's Included

  • Ghost themed trolley tour
  • Narration by professional tour conductor
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the tour

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 200 Atlantic Ave
    200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour boards at the end of the Long Wharf Marriott at 200 Atlantic Avenue. Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Boston’s original “frightseeing” tour is an evening of fear and fun. Climb aboard the Trolley of the Doomed for an experience unlike any other. Uncover Boston’s darkest secrets and hear the stories of those lost souls who many locals believe still wander the streets and alleys of this historic town.

Learn about some of the city’s most sinister characters, from Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, to Jane Toppan, aka Jolly Jane, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Walk through two of the oldest burial grounds in Boston, including Old Granary, the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots like Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, plus Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. Also, visit the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history.

Come with an open mind and see if any ghosts appear. It’s a ride on the dark side.

Ghosts & Gravestones Tour Boston

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (Pass By)

Granary Burying Ground

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Copp's Hill Burying Ground

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

North End

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Historic Tours of America - Boston

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • When booking, and for contact purposes only, please enter a local Boston hotel phone number or a cell phone number you can be reached on
  • Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on this tour
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?

A:The tour departs from 200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Feb. 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?

A:You must check in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour. Of course, you are welcome to check in even earlier than that.

Feb. 2021

Q:Does the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour run in the rain?

A:YES! The tour runs on dark and stormy nights. The only time tours will be canceled due to weather is if conditions prove to be too dangerous to proceed. In this event, all reserved parties will be notified.

Feb. 2021

Q:Is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour handicap accessible?

A:The tour is not recommended for guests who are unable to safely navigate stairs, cobblestones, and rough terrain, however, reasonable accommodations will be made. Please call us at the number on your ticket 24 hours in advance so that we can assist.

Feb. 2021

Q:How scary is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?

A:This tour is rated PG-13 and is not intended for young children. Due to the loud noises, children under the age of 6 are not permitted. We use haunted house-style moments, historical facts, and creative storytelling throughout the tour.

Feb. 2021

Q:Are food and drink allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?

A:Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Feb. 2021

Q:Are pets allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?

A:Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted.

Feb. 2021

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Traveller Tips

Note that the guide can speak fast so be prepared for that if English is a second language.
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1,489 reviews
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Ghost tour
Kelly_W, Sept 2023
We really enjoyed this tour, very entertaining. Petunia and Agnes are great storytellers. You learn interesting and startlingly facts about Boston’s history.
Struggles of going during the evenings
Jowaher_P, Sept 2023
Awesome experience. The staff was in character the entire time and are knowledgeable. Dress for the weather and get comfy shoes cause you’ll be walking around. Doing this in the dark added spookyness during the experience but going where there’s light out is better cause you’ll be able to see the markers that they point out much better.
I love the storytelling...
Rosalinda_V, Sept 2023
I love the storytelling and going in person to the graveyard.. super cool…I would wanted to stop at Boston struggler spots where he had killed the girls and wanted to go inside the Omni to see where he had killed..
Good - Could have been longer
Sandy_S, Sept 2023
Nice tour - was hoping there would have been more than just three stops. Good historical information
Guide Needs Better Group Skills
Arlene_R, Sept 2023
Guide was difficult to understand due to wearing a mask & having no microphone. She spent too much time attempting to be scary. In addition she began presentations before the entire group reached destination. A group of young adults on the trolley were singing during presentations & guide did nothing to curtail the behavior except attempt unsuccessfully to talk over the singing.
Fun and spooky
Esmeralda_F, Sept 2023
Such a fun experience! Our guide was very engaging and he helped set the spooky mood. It was very informative. We were running late but they made sure to contact us to confirm we were heading over and we made it on time! I appreciate that from the team. Thank you! :)
Well worth it!
Alison_O, Sept 2023
Super fun tour!! We had a hard time with Uber and arriving in time- they called us to ask if we were still coming and they waited for us even though we were much later than the designated check in time. The “ghosts” who hosted were fun and engaging and the history was engaging. Boston after dark is beautiful- well worth it!
Ted and Melin's Vacation
Ted_L, Sept 2023
Worth every penny and minute spent. Our guide did an excellent job, wish I had written his name down. We visited two graveyards, we were given great stories of the histories of the sites and wonderful goulish stories. Would do it again if we ever come back.
Cant Miss Tour! Gripping Stories & Talented Tour guides. $5 from each ticket goes to preserving the cemeteries
Michael_B, Sept 2023
This is a can't miss tour. To be honest...The afternoon of the tour we had done a four hour long Boston/Freedom Trail walking tour. We were beat. But we decided to go on the Ghost and Gravestones Tour. I'm over the moon happy we made the decision to go. Your "spirited" tour guide is constantly in character as are many of the characters you meet along the way. The stories are historically accurate, but told with a touch of humor to make even the walking dead laugh. Along with a bus tour, you walk into cemeteries among gravestones that are locked after dark, but your ghost host has the key. You'll hear stories about our founding fathers, serial killers and Molasses. (yes, molasses). The best part: $5 of every ticket sold goes to the preservation of these cemeteries and gravestones!
Good For Burying Ground Access
Stacy_G, Sept 2023
We found this tour a bit hokey, to be honest, but we probably should have expected that. The guides and employees all dress up with face paint and overact in an attempt to look/sound scary. One employee ensured us everyone on the tour would get a window seat (for pictures), but as soon as we boarded, the next employee straight up said, "Nope, sit there," while telling us to sit together. The trolley benches are tight and not meant for tall/big people, especially on a full trolley like we were. The tour content was standard and seemed to fit with similar ghost tour content/stories we heard. We also did get a good laugh toward the end of the tour when all the riders were encouraged to yell at random pedestrians. The real benefit of this tour is the after-hours access to the burying grounds. This tour seems to be the only one that has that nighttime access, so it's cool to be able to stroll among the grave markers in the dark and without a ton of others around. All in all, I'd say - go for the access you get, not necessarily the stories.
Stephen_S, Sept 2023
Amazing experience!! Tour guides were great. Graveyards we’re awesome. Cool seeing all of this at night
Ghost Stories in the Rain
Dorothy_G, Sept 2023
Enjoyed the girls who were the tour guides, loved how they played the roles while telling the stories and loved there costumes. Enjoyed the tour very much despite the rain the whole time we were on the tour.
The way the guides...
Dorin_P, Sept 2023
The way the guides embraced their characters was great - made it fun for all ages. If you’re looking for something different to do, I’d recommend it. Location makes it easy to grab a bite to eat before or after so you don’t feel rushed.
Fun and entertaining
Alison_H, Sept 2023
Very entertaining tour throughout nighttime Boston highlights. Amazing tour guide stayed in full zombie character for 2 straight hours!! Very informative and lots of fun!! Not too scary… 😉
Good location. They...
William_P, Sept 2023
Good location. They tried, but the sound system on the bus was bad, and the man mumbled his words in an attempt to do a “Beetle Juice-like impression” and both of the guides failed to gather the crowd, so half could’nt hear. Public speaking basics?
Lots of fun and a little spooky too!
Megan_S, Sept 2023
It was cool to be able to walk inside the two graveyards that are otherwise locked to the public. I enjoyed that the staff was all in character and I enjoyed hearing the ghost stories. And the trolley is definitely a great way to get around Boston! Highly recommend!
Loved it!
LeighAnn_G, Sept 2023
Our 630 Ghosts & Gravestones tour was Awesome! Our tour guide was engaging & made it a wonderful trip
Loads of fun
Cheri_B, Sept 2023
Mal and her team were fun, funny entertaining and just scary enough. Truly enjoyed our evening with them. We'd taken this tour when we visited Boston in 2018, and enjoyed it so much that we decided to take it again. We weren't disappointed. ;-)
Fun! Definitely a cool way to spend 2 hours.
Amanda_D, Sept 2023
Betty was great! Got the feeling that if she just was allowed to share her random facts about murder, ghosts and the like, this would have been a much better tour. Very cool to get access to gravesites at night!
Loved the Ghost and Gravestone Trolley Tour
Rosina_H, Sept 2023
The dedication of the staff to make it a memorable event was outstanding. Learning more about the historic characters of Boston that complimented the hop on hop off trolley day tour was excellent.

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