Historic Georgetown Walking Tour

This page provides details of our free Historic Georgetown Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.


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Georgetown’s shady lanes and cobblestone streets reflect another side of the Capital.

It is Washington’s genteel, southern side where Presidents lived when they were just Congressmen.

It’s where the Founding Fathers laid out the plans for the city on a tavern bar top, and where historic churches offer services.

Not to be confused with our Ghosts of Georgetown Tour, our Historic Georgetown tour focuses on the houses and sites of a town that still invokes the image of refinement and class after 300 years.

historic-georgetown1Sights we see or talk about on the tour

We will discuss the history and development of this neighborhood, along with some of its secrets!

Note: We will view the above sites and homes from the street and will not be entering any residences.

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.

This tour runs 2-3 times a week at 10amWhen: View our Calendar

Where: Tour begins at the C&O Canal at Lock 3, between 30th and Thomas Jefferson NW

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

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is about 2 miles.

GPS Enabled Self Guided Tour of Georgetown

Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app. 

Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.

Here is how it works:

  1. Book an Audio Tour on our Booking Page
  2. Receive a confirmation email with a .mp3, .pdf, and embeddable Google Map
  3. Enjoy the tour(s)!

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.

Listen to a sample of the tour.

We also offer GPS-led audio tours of:

  • The National Mall
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Embassy Row
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • Georgetown University Campus
  • East Georgetown


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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.