True Crime Philadelphia: Cemetery and History Tour

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Serial Killers and Cemetery Tour

From $48.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Uncover Philadelphia’s dark past, and visit some of its most famous landmarks besides, on this macabre, small-group walking tour of Center City. Meet your guide (a college professor or trained historian), and set off to sights ranging from Betsy Ross House and Elfreth’s Alley to Christ Church and beyond. As you go, listen to ghost stories, legends about famous serial killers, and other spooky tales. The tour concludes with a beverage or moonshine sample.
  • A small-group tour lets you get up close and personal with the sights
  • See many of Philadelphia’s famous landmarks in a single tour
  • Learn more about the city’s dark past from your trained historian guide
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage or moonshine sample at tour’s end

What's Included

  • Serial Killer Tales AND Historic Sightseeing in One
  • Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, Benjamin Franklin's Grave Sites will be Visited
  • History Teacher Tour Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Independence Visitor Center
    599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    Across the street from Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. "Outside" the Market Street doors of the Independence Visitor Center.

End point

  • Old City
    Old City, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Inside a cultural tavern for a complimentary beverage or sampling.

What To Expect

Betsy Ross House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Benjamin Franklin's Grave

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Independence Hall (Pass By)

Elfreth's Alley

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Christ Church

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Arch Street Meeting House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The President's House (Pass By)

Arch Street Meeting House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Grim Philly Twilight Tours (Pass By)

Christ Church Burial Ground

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult due to adult content on the tour
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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225 reviews
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Great tour, great experience, stop spamming people afterwards please
Laura_D, Feb 2023
Loved the stories! Great guide. After the tour though, the spam to get us to fill out a review is very annoying. In fact it looks like there's a minimum character count, so here are all my thoughts :)
Ted was a great guide...
Fabian_M, Jul 2022
Ted was a great guide truly, it was a fun, interesting, and informative time. Already recommended it to friends and plan on going back for other tours
Mostly positive
Kathleen_R, Jun 2022
This was a well organized tour. Ted is very knowledgeable. I appreciated his detailed information about the historic areas of Philly and the serial killers of Philly. The best part of the tour was the burial ground tour where the information was entertaining and highly related to the specific location. The Lizzy Borden side story, personal stories and excessive use of the f-bomb were distracting.
Great Experience for the Macabre History Nerds
Courtney_G, Jun 2022
We did two tours with Grim Philly on our trip (this one and a Dark Philly adults only night tour). Ted was our guide for both of them. He was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. He also tweaked the tour to our interests when possible. My husband is interested in history and I’m into the macabre and these tours fit the bill to keep us both entertained. I’d recommend these tours to anyone who is interested in the darker side of history and isn’t offended easily. My only complaint is a minor one but the tours did not end where they started. But like I said that was just a minor inconvenience. Still good to know before you book which is why I’m including it. Looking forward to checking out their podcast and so glad we found these tours to check out.
Very entertaining
Mark_V, May 2022
Tour guides were very knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
Very interesting and well researched
Sarah_P, Nov 2021
Ted gave a really great tour. Very knowledgeable and interesting. He knew the answers to most questions and when he did not, he just said so. The tour ran well over 2 hours and I really felt we all got our money’s worth.
Ted was amazing. He kept...
Paula_D, Oct 2021
Ted was amazing. He kept my son interested and had great details. We would love to take another tour with him.
Fun times!
Ami_P, Oct 2021
Ted was great! We had so much fun! Our kids had fun, it was amazing! I learned a lot and all of it was super cool and super gross!
Entertaining and educational!
Kara_W, Oct 2021
Loved this tour! It was a really fun mix of serial killer lore and philadelphia history. Our tour guide Ted was incredible and an amazing storyteller. Would absolutely go again. We learned so much and now definitely have a few new favorite serial killers to learn more about.
Philly not great for H. H. Holmes but Grimm Philly Tours is Fun!
Victoria_M, Oct 2021
I took this tour with my teenage daughter. It was a fun way to see parts of the city and learn a bit of history and the darker side of the city history.
This was a great way to...
Emily_S, Sep 2021
This was a great way to see many historical spots and also learn some dark serial killer history. Ted was a wonderful guide. He is witty, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in the subject matter. Take this tour!
Fun tour
Mike_S, Sep 2021
Great tour with some great history sprinkled in. I would definitely look to do another tour with this group next time in Philly!
Yes was fantastic. Really...
Krystie_M, Aug 2021
Yes was fantastic. Really knows his his history and serial killers. I loved the mixture of the stories about major historic landmarks as well as information on serial killers known to the area. It was a great way for us to see major areas of the city while getting some unique stories about the darker side of Philly.
Entertaining and informative
YunKee_C, Jul 2021
Our guide, Ted, was knowledgeable and personable. He is obviously experienced and has a personal interest in both serial killers and history. The actual walk was probably less than one mile while the pace of the "lecture" was brisk. TV-MA so not for the little ones, but my 14 and 18 year old children were fine.
Ted was very informative and has a great sense of humor. Looking foward to booking another tour with him.
Jason_D, Jul 2021
Really enjoyed the stop at Christ's church. Also enjoyed the cemetary walk. Overall very enjoyable experience
Cemetery and serial killers walking tour of philly
Amanda_K, May 2021
Ted was an amazing tour guide! He really knew his s**t. I got to see and learn a lot of things I would not have on a regular tour. I will definitely be back for another tour.
Knowledgeable and entertaining
Caroline_L, Apr 2021
Ted was knowledgeable and entertaining, he provided an interesting twist to a historical tour, the walk was enjoyable.
Pretty good, considering!
Gabriella_F, Dec 2020
I learned so much on this tour! Ted was very knowledgeable and was great at answer questions. The only bummer is that with the snow and pandemic, some locations on the tour we could not go into. But the route and the tour guide were great! I would definitely go on a different tour with this company.
Great tour even in winter with snow on the ground
Ashley_B, Dec 2020
We had an excellent experience on our tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Philadelphia. Highly recommend. I realized afterward we didn’t get the complimentary drink mentioned but they may be due to COVID. Still ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Heather_V, Dec 2020
Ted was unbelievably incredible and informative! Passionate and enthusiastic about the content! He went above and beyond! My girlfriends and I had the best time! We had a billion questions and he answered them all! We can’t wait to go on another tour with him!!!

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