Guided tour

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Guided tour

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Activity provider: Horse Tours of Gettysburg

From US$ 25 per person

Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from an expert town historian on this historic walking tour. Hear about the impact on the lives of the local residents.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Travel back in time to Gettysburg during the middle of the Civil War
  • Learn how local residents lived in the middle of war
  • Hear the untold stories behind the Battle of Gettysburg
Full description
Join your knowledgeable local guide for a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of the center portion of downtown Gettysburg, which was the heartbeat of the city in 1863. Examine the accounts of several of the city's civilians that lived in the same areas you will be walking through. Hear stories of the residents, who were reluctant witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg. The war didn't happen just on the battlefield as you will come to find out. Travel back in time and learn about the existing structures and what the town looked like in 1863. Although you've learned about the Battle of Gettysburg in history class, on this tour you will hear, described in detail, how the events actually unfolded in July of 1863 and how the local residents remembered them. This tour is their story, about life in the middle of an urban battlefield.
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Tips (optional)

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Meeting point

11 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA Meet your guide by the Statue of President Lincoln and the benches. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to tour departure.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 132 reviews

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We come to getttysburg at least once a year and love to do a tour every time we visit. This tour was incredible very informative, our guide told pieces of history we haven’t heard before on other tours. He was extremely informative and kept everyone’s interest.

March 23, 2023

Our guide was very warm, friendly and knowledgeable. We loved how he took the character of a survivor at Gettysburg. The only reason we gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was the length. Yes, it clearly says that the tour is 2 hours, we just felt it was a bit long for standing and walking and for kids. We would recommend it though, if that isn't an issue.

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March 23, 2023

It was a great tour! So informative and the perfect length of time! Gave a great overview of the Battle! The host even took a family photo for us... unfortunately have had a challenging time reaching out to the guide to get a copy BUT the tour was still great tour at a great price!

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 393122