Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ghost Tour?
The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is a
75-90 minute candlelight walking tour
of Independence Park and Society Hill.
Guided by a costumed storyteller, the
tour stops at a number of historic
sites that have reports of hauntings
and other strange legacies. The
nature of the route creates an intimate
experience as we stroll the
lesser-traveled streets of old
Philadelphia. The tour is outdoors,
so it's best to dress appropriately for the weather. The Ghost
Tour of Philadelphia also offers specialty tours and events
throughout the year.

Do we need reservations?
Walking Tour: Yes. Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000 to
make reservations. You may also want to purchase tickets in
advance online or at a ticket location to ensure your spot on
the tour. Discount applies only to tickets purchased in
advance online.
Haunted Trolley Tour: Yes. Call 215.413.7000 for availability.
Ghost Hunting Tour: Yes. Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000
to make reservations. Advanced ticket purchase is also

Is advanced ticket purchase required?
Walking Tour: No, but it is recommended due to the
popularity of the tours.
Haunted Trolley Tour: Yes.
Ghost Hunting Tour: Yes.

Where do I purchase tickets?
Walking Tour:
Online: and save $2 per ticket.
Phone: Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000. Save $2 per ticket.
In Person: Ben & Betsy's Gift Shop, 401 Chestnut St.;
Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Sts.
Haunted Trolley Tour:
Phone: Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000.
Ghost Hunting Tour:
Phone: Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000

Where do the tours begin and end?
Walking Tour: Begins at Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut
Sts. and ends at 2nd and Walnut Sts.
Haunted Trolley Tour: Begins and ends at 5th and Market Sts
(500 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19106)
Ghost Hunting Tour: Begins at Signers Garden at 5th and
Chestnut Streets and ends either at the Powel House, 244 S.
3rd St., or at the Physick House, 421 S. 4th St.

What time should we get there?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before tour time.

What should we wear?
Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking

What happens if it rains?
Walking Tour & Ghost Hunting Tour: We make every attempt
to conduct the tours; therefore, we do go in the rain. (So bring
an umbrella!) If weather conditions become severe, the tour
may be cancelled. This decision is typically made at tour time.
Cancelled tours may be rescheduled or refunded.
Haunted Trolley Tour: Runs rain or shine.

What are the average sizes of the tours?
Tour sizes are limited and additional guides are called in as

Where do we park?
There are ample metered parking spots and parking garages
nearby. The tours are easily accessible by public
transportation as well. See  
Amtrak, and Greyhound  for more details.

Where do the tours go and how much
walking is involved?
Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City. The Walking  
Tour and Ghost Hunting Tour involve less than a mile of
walking in the area between Chestnut and Pine Streets and
6th and 2nd Streets. The Trolley Tour involves an optional
five-minute walk, and the trolley rides through the area
between Arch and Pine Streets and 8th and 2nd Streets.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The Haunted Trolley Tour, Ghost Hunting Tour, and
special event tours require 24 hour advanced notice.

Are the stories true?
All stories are historically documented through interviews and
research, and they weave together the history and haunted
tales associated with the sites. They are based on the book,
Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA.

Are the tours suitable for children?
Yes, the tours are family appropriate, combining history,
folklore and ghost stories. The tour was named one of the top
15 "must see" attractions in the country for kids under 15 by
Budget Travel Magazine.

Are cameras allowed on the tours?
Yes! In fact, many people have sent us creepy photos they
have taken on the tour.

How many people do I need to get a group
This number varies for each tour. Call 215.413.1997 or
215.413.7000 or
email  us for group rate information and
reservations. Also visit our
group tour  page.

How do I arrange a private tour?
Call 215.413.1997 or 215.413.7000 or  email  us for private
tour information.

Are we going to see a ghost?
There have been many reports of unusual sightings and
experiences on the tours, so bring your camera. You never
know what might appear!

How is this tour different from others in the
The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is a guided tour with a
costumed storyteller. The stories you will hear are based on
the book
Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA, which is available
for purchase on location and at bookstores. Our company has
specialized in Ghost Tours since 1995. Above all, the Ghost
Tour of Philadelphia ensures a hauntingly good time for all
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What about reviews?
We receive feedback from
customers through a variety of
channels, such as by email,
phone, and in person. Far less
than 1% of our customers post
comments online. Some
comments are positive, some
negative, but both have helped
us to improve our tours over the
past 17 years. We fully support
the right of people to express
their opinion regarding our
tours, and we would like to
express our opinion regarding
some reviews of our Ghost
Tours posted on sites like Trip
Advisor and Yelp.

Frequently, we are asked, “Is it
scary?” or “Will we see a
ghost?” And we understand
where you’re coming from. We
love nothing better than to visit
our local Halloween haunted
house to have the bejeebers
scared out of us, or perhaps to
have a “close encounter” of our
own like you see on ghost
hunter TV shows.

But that is not what we do or
what we are about. We tell
ghost stories. We pride
ourselves in being storytellers,
the old-fashioned kind, where a
live person spins a tale using
their personality and the story
itself as the special-effect, not
props, or videos, or contrived
encounters. Our stories are
researched, steeped in history,
and many are based on
personal interviews. They may
be disturbing, or amusing, or
intriguing – but all of our stories
are based on true experiences
by real people.

Our storytellers typically commit
two months to learn the stories,
and they work constantly at the
craft to enhance their
performance. Each guide
brings a special brand of
theater and style to the tour. We
encourage originality, so no two
tours are ever the same.

Sharing ghost stories since
1995 has been extremely fun
and fulfilling, and we will
continue to present our type of
“live entertainment” until death
do us part…or perhaps even
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