Salem's Dark History: Witchcraft Hysteria

Badge of ExcellenceSalem, United States

From $38.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


History enthusiasts will enjoy learning about Salem’s dark and spooky past on this 90-minute walking tour. Visit the most popular locations in Salem, as well as some hidden gems that few tourists get to see. Your guide will regale you with tales from Salem’s past, from its founding in 1692 until the present.
  • Join an economical group tour
  • Cover Salem’s highlights on one easy tour
  • Learn about history while having fun
  • This is a walking tour so wear comfy shoes

What's Included

  • English guide
  • Parking
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Coon's Card & Gift Shop
    226 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Meet your guide outside of Coon's Card and Gift Shop

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dogs Welcome!
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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.

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169 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 169 reviews
Melissa_S, Mar 2023
Maria was funny and very informative highly recommended. Loved the knowledge of Salem and the architecture.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for this lovely review! It was great to meet you and your family! Come back and visit Salem again soon🖤
Do this tour!!
jamosesso, Nov 2022
Maria was the best! My friend and i were lucky enough to have her as our tour guide on a beautiful afternoon with just us 3. Maria knows her stuff! We got a great history lesson and she also told us about local spots to check out! 100% would recommend!
Amazing experience! So glad we did this!
Dawn_P, Nov 2022
Loved our guide Heather! Such great energy and so knowledgeable! Kept our teenagers interested which is a feat 🫶🏻
Knowledgeable and engaging guide
Melanie_H, Nov 2022
Our guide Kendra was fantastic! She offered informed insight on Salem's history that was engaging for a large group without being cheesy or too academic. I would highly recommend any tour with this guide.
Very informative and beautiful absolutely loved it!
Shana_B, Nov 2022
Our tour guide was the best!!! Kendra was awesome!! I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in learning the history of Salem.
Gone Guide.
Wendy_F, Nov 2022
I cannot actually give a review, as our guide was in a different location than what was emailed and texted to me. I contacted the app and phone number given, well before our tour left, with ample time to make it to the meeting place, and the guide was no where to be found.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share another pro tip with travelers. Pro Tip: Don’t fabricate your reviews. It’s hurts small businesses. If you are late to the tour, just call the company- we all have office staff answering phones and emails who can direct you on the tour or offer an alternative. There were 30 other people who were standing outside waiting, and they found the guide easily (the tour doesn’t even move from the starting location for 10 minutes). Next time call the company if you are going to be late - they can’t help you if they don’t know, and every company would want to help.
Such a great tour packed...
Nicole_P, Oct 2022
Such a great tour packed with such amazing history. Our tour guide really dug deep into the history of Salem which is what I loved so much about it. 10/10 would recommend!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for this lovely review! We pride ourselves on well designed and executed tours, so we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed it and would give it a perfect 10!
Great experience!
Irene_K, Oct 2022
This was a fun and educational tour. We really enjoyed our time. We’d recommend this tour to others.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, it's much appreciated! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed it and would recommend the tour to others. Come back and visit Salem soon!
Great time!
Danielle_C, Oct 2022
Veronica was awesome! Very knowledgeable and entertaining! Thank you for such a good time! My daughter and I very much enjoyed all the stories and information. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn about the history of Salem!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review-it's much appreciated!
Karolyne_R, Oct 2022
Our experience would had been amazing, if our tour guide did their job to make sure everyone was in the group. Yes I understand it was a couple of days before Halloween and Salem it self was packed, but we lost our tour guide 3x in the first 30 minutes of the tour and after the last time we could not find her anywhere and we gave up. She didn’t have a flag or anything, and we didn’t have any way of reaching out to her to know where she was at. She was a very funny and informative lady, and we would had enjoyed the tour if we were there the whole time. But we lost her and she was nowhere to be found or reached. And we paid money for this tour and it sucks we weren’t even able to enjoy or see Salem the way we wanted too.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, and for the kind words about the tour, and your guide--she is great!! Sorry to hear you lost the tour at any point but do wish you had reached out so that we could have helped. The first 1/2 hour is a straight line in the same direction, but we do appreciate the crowded nature of Salem. We also have our guests wear colored necklaces to identify themselves to us and each other. Your confirmation and reminder emails contain contact information for the company. It's unfortunate that you didn't reach out to us at all--we could have connected you with your guide instantly or offered you seats in another tour that day.
Christina was great. We...
Kathy_G, Oct 2022
Christina was great. We learned some Salem history and she kept the group engaged. She gave us some time to take pictures of the gardens at Allison’s House.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review for our tour, and your guide Christina! She is an engaging and knowledgeable guide-we love having her on our team. Come visit Salem again soon!
Lots of fun
Missy_W, Oct 2022
It was lots of fun and our tour guide was great! She took us to a few off sites and didn’t overlap the other tours we had taken
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for this great review of our tour and your guide! We are so happy to hear that found the tour unique and saw sites you hadn't before on other tours.
Great Ambiance
Beatrice_C, Oct 2022
Walking through a neighborhood and seeing residences of the local people. It was different from the history tour the night before.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for the praise for the tour! We are glad to hear that you found it unique! Come visit Salem again soon!
Bad experience
Brooke_S, Oct 2022
I didn't attend this tour, and Viator would not let me cancel, because of a bad experience on another of their tours where the guide just left a number of us and they refused a partial refund. The gide didn't even have a microphone. Very unprofessional and I wouldn't recommend this company.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Unfortunately, this review isn't for our business. All of our guides are well respected professional guides, and they all wear a microphone in October. This is an opportunity to share a tip with potential future guests. Pro Tip: When writing a review, it is crucial to make sure it is for the correct business. So many tour companies have similar names for their tours and/or companies, it is very easy to get this confused and almost impossible to remove once it's posted.
Great tour in Salem
Diane_S, Oct 2022
It was a great tour! Learned a lot about the witch trials & the reason behind them. It was a beautiful evening & our guide was excellent.
Fun and very educational!...
Lori_H, Oct 2022
Fun and very educational! Our tour guide was great We enjoyed her sense of humor and made us feel like we were back in the witch days of salem
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review of the tour and your guide! It's important to the team that our guests have fun as well as learn some great historical information. So glad you enjoyed it!!
Excellent tour guide
Aline_L, Oct 2022
Our tour guide, Kendra, was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and conducted the tour at a comfortable pace. Kendra asked us questions and answered our questions. We were really impressed with her, and we would highly recommend the tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your fantastic review of our tour and of Kendra, who is an amazing guide! We are fortunate to have her on the team and love the way she connects with each of her guests. Come visit Salem again soon!
A lot of fun she went...
Barbara_V, Oct 2022
A lot of fun she went over some amazing spots in Salem and allowed us time to view things and explained things to us
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write a review--we are so glad to hear you saw some amazing spots in Salem! We pride ourselves on our unique locations and showing our guests the 'hidden gems' of Salem.
Really great tour to take!
Dawn_B, Oct 2022
Wonderful tour! Had Maria and she was so knowledgeable. Explained the time period and reasoning behind the accusations and trials.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review, it's much appreciated! So glad to hear you got a thorough understanding of the witchcraft hysteria--it's a fascinating time period. Come visit Salem again soon!
My tour guide was...
Jean_D, Oct 2022
My tour guide was awesome!!! She made us feel very welcome in Salem and new her history of the area very well! The day was beautiful and we will definitely return for more tours.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for your kind review of your guide and our tours! We are glad to hear you felt welcome-it's important to the team that all of our guests come as strangers but leave as friends. Come visit us again soon!