Beacon Hill Crime Tour

The swanky, gas-lit streets of Beacon Hill are among the most beautiful in all of Boston, but beneath the neighborhood’s genteel veneer lies a sinister past. It’s hard to believe, but here on Beacon Hill, the Boston Strangler, the city’s most notorious serial killer, who terrorized its citizens during an 18 month killing spree, struck not once, but twice, or that one of the city’s most respected citizens, Professor John Webster, would commit one of the most gruesome and famous murders.

DeSalvoJoin Free Tours by Foot as we step back in time and visit the crime scenes and meet the the victims, the madmen and the detectives who hunted them down, all while exploring the beautiful streets of Boston’s Beacon Hill. Come relive some of the most captivating moments in the city’s history.

This tour is rated R and is not recommended for guests under 16 unless they are comfortable with graphic information.

Sites we cover on the tour:

  • home of Strangler victim Mary Sullivan
  • home of Strangler victim Ida Irga
  • house of Dr. Charles Parkman
  • house of Dr. George Parkman
  • site of Harvard Medical College
  • site of Charles Street Jail
  • and much more!

To learn more about this neighborhood, check out our self-guided Beacon Hill Tour.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Outside the Park St. T Station on the eastern edge of Boston Common. Tour ends at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St..

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: View our full tour calendar! We often post additional dates than what is listed below.

  • Jan. to April.: No Tours
  • May to Oct: Fridays and Saturdays 5pm (1700)
  • Nov. to Jan:  No tours

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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