Washington DC Ghost Tours

This post is about ghost tours in Washington, DC, including our ghost and scandals tours, as well as adult-only walking tours.

 These three aren’t ghost tours, but they are great for a night out (adults only) for scandals, affairs, and murders!

 

 

For such a small city, Washington DC has a lot of ghost stories. In any of the historic neighborhoods, you’re bound to find an old house that has unexplained bumps in the night or otherworldly sightings of lost souls who suffered tragic ends.

Join Free Tours by Foot on a journey to the darker side of the historic, humorous and haunted on one of our Washington DC Ghost Tours. Don’t believe us? Ask about why one of our guides refuses to lead tours past Halcyon House anymore!

Check out our Tour Schedule for most up to date calendar.

Washington DC Ghost Tours

We also offer a Lincoln Assassination Tour on several evenings each week. While this tour is not a ghost tour, it is a gripping and spooky experience.


Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour

Among the historic streets, manicured gardens Ghosts of Georgetown Tourand Victorian row houses of DC’s finest neighborhood lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past.

Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt these streets…if you dare. Stories of eerie coincidences, curses, and scenes from the scariest movies. We’ll share the darker side of the history of this pre-revolutionary town on our Ghosts of Georgetown Tour.

Check our Guide to Visiting Georgetown for directions, restaurant recommendations, and self-guided tour options.

Is the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour family friendly?

Yes! We share with you stories of curses, eerie coincidences, and of course a few haunted houses. We are not ghost hunters, we’re historians – so we’ll be taking you through the darker side of Georgetown, but we do not have anyone jump out at you!

More humor than screams, this is fun for all ages!

Our own tour guide Canden has published a book on the wicked side of Georgetown history! Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies and a pictorial history using vintage photographs, Images of Georgetown.

Recommended as a Once in a Lifetime Tour by the BLT!

Tour information for Ghosts of Georgetown Tour

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Tour begins outside the spooky Old Stone House at 3051 M Street NW (near 30th and M St).  Tour ends at the Exorcist Steps (36th and Prospect St NW). NOTE: There is no metro station in Georgetown.

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes. Total walking is about 1.5 mile (2,4km).

When:  View our Calendar

Start: Old Stone House at 3051 M St NW (map)
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Blue and Orange)

End: 36th and Prospect Street NW (map)
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU or Rosslyn (Blue and Orange)

Cost: This is a specialty tour and thus does have a ticketed price of $26 per person. You can purchase tickets on our Booking Page.


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White House Ghost Tour

The best place for Washington DC Ghost Tours is the park around the White House, Lafayette Square. Known also as Tragedy Square, there have been more than one violent deaths in the vicinity.

Our historian guides take you through this small park for the true stories of some of the city’s most haunted houses, including the White House.

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On the White House Ghost Tours, you’ll hear stories of:

  • Murder of Philip Barton Key
  • Admiral Decatur’s Duel
  • Dolley Madison’s Haunted House
  • The Ghosts of the White House
  • Haunted Hay Adams Hotel
  • and so much more…

Please note that we do not enter into any buildings on this tour.

Tour information

Reservations: This tour is only offered as a private tour.

Where: Meet at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Square (North front of the White House). Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo.

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)

When: View our Calendar


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Dark Side of Dupont Circle & Embassy Row Adults Only)

Interested in a different view of Washington, DC? Join us as we venture through the downtown streets on our Dupont Circle Walking Tour tour discussing stories of the dark side and forgotten tales. From curses and assassinations at the embassies to the home of the accidental inventor of the electric chair. These shrouded mansions built and then abandoned by millionaires were once lived in by wild women and philandering men.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Look for your guide in orange at the fountain in the center of Dupont Circle. (map)

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)

When: View our Calendar

Cost: This is a specialty tour and thus does have a ticketed price of $26 per person. You can purchase tickets on our Booking Page.


White House at Night: Secrets & Scandals (Adults Only)

White House at Night

While this isn’t technically a ghost tour, it is the perfect accompaniment to the darker side of history.

A scandalous side of White House? Who would’ve thought it? Join Free Tours by Foot for a walk through the neighborhood around the White House at night to talk about presidential affairs, nearby duels, murders, and scandalous first ladies.

Our historian guides take you through this small park, known as Tragedy Square, for the true stories of some of the city’s darkest secrets and most haunted houses, including the White House.

We also have a daytime version White House History & Legends that covers presidential history and the true stories and legends of founding fathers and Revolutionary War heroes. It’s a more family friendly version of this tour – Saturdays at 2pm!

Disclaimer:

We consider this tour for adults only. We’ll let you decide what adult means but be forewarned we will go into gory details and not gloss over topics of what happened around the White House at night. If you think your teen can handle it, they are more than welcome but you’ve been given a heads up.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Square (North front of the White House). Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo.

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)

When: View our Calendar

Cost: Though our tours work on a pay-what-you-like basis due to high demand coupled with high no-show rates, we must charge a $3 booking fee for our White House at Night tours. Refunds will be processed for cancellations of 24 hours or more.


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True Crimes of Wicked Georgetown (Adults Only)

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This is a tour about scandals, true crime and tragedy. It is NOT a ghost tour and does not visit the Exorcist Steps. Check out Ghosts of Georgetown tour!

Focusing on the tragedy of Georgetown’s darker side , we’ll explore the oldest neighborhoods in DC with local legends and true crime events from its past.

We’ll see old cemeteries, supernatural tales, and the sites of unsolved murders, leaving you at night in abandoned cemetery.

This tour is Adults Only due to mature content. We recommend this tour for ages 14 and above but you choose.

Our own tour guide Canden has published a book on the wicked side of Georgetown history! Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies and a pictorial history using vintage photographs, Images of Georgetown.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: The tour starts at the C&O Canal Bridge on 31st Street NW, just south of M Street NW (near GPS Address: 1061 31st Street NW. (map) Note that the group meets on the bridge over the canal). Look for your guide with the DC By Foot logo!

End: 28th and Q Street NW. Closest Metro: DuPont Circle (Red) 

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 mile (2,4km).  This tour is not wheelchair/stroller friendly.

WhenView our Calendar 

Cost: This is a specialty tour and thus does have a ticketed price of $26 per person. You can purchase tickets on our Booking Page.

 


Capitol Hill Scandals Tour (Adults Only)

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Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about the scandals that have rocked the nation’s capital. From assassinations to affairs, from impeachment to impropriety, the buildings on Capitol Hill have stories to tell! Our Capitol Hill Scandals Tour is a walking tour intended to provide guests with the sordid history of politicians, public figures, and more. The guides will discuss the deaths, misdeeds & often violent figures and events of Capitol Hill.

You’ll hear about scandals associated with:

  • The United States Capitol Building
  • The House of Representatives
  • United States Senate
  • Library of Congress
  • Old Capitol Prison (Supreme Court)
  • And more!

Please note that we do not enter any buildings on this tour.

Please note that we do not enter any buildings on this tour.

Tour information for Capitol Hill Scandals Tour

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet your guide at the benches at the NW corner of 1st and C St SE, across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station. Look for your guide in the orange!

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero.

End: West side of Capitol complex Closest Metro: Federal Center SW or L’Enfant Plaza

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 mile (2,4km). 

WhenView our Calendar 

Cost: This is a specialty tour and thus does have a ticketed price of $26 per person. You can purchase tickets on our Booking Page.

 

 


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About the author

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All

With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.