This page provides details of our free Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.
“The South wants justice, has waited for it long. She will wait no longer” – John Wilkes Booth
It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy, the assassination of the 16th U.S. president has fascinated Americans and foreigners for more than 150 years.
Come along on this family-friendly tour to meet the characters, walk the streets, and see the buildings where this great drama played out in the Lincoln Assassination.
Please note that we do not enter into any buildings on this tour. To tour inside the historic site of Ford’s Theatre (see full post) and Peterson’s Boarding House, you need to have tickets.
If you book a private tour with us, we may be able to arrange tickets inside Ford’s Theater to coincide with your tour.
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. Tour ends at Fords Theater.
If there are any closures to the park and the public is unable to reach the Andrew Jackson statue in the center of the park, the guide will regroup/meet at St. John’s Church, the yellow church on the corner of 16th and H St NW. It is just across the street from the Jackson statue.
Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)
When: View our calendar
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.
Start: Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Park on the north side of the White House (1600 H St NW) (map)
Closest Metro: McPherson Square (Blue, Silver, Orange)
End: Ford’s Theater (511 10th St NW) (map)
Closest Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Silver, Orange, Red)