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The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

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Washington, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865 on this Washington DC walking tour. With a guide, make stops at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square Park, and Ford's Theatre, where the president was shot. Along the way, look at historical photos and listen to anecdotes of mystery and betrayal. Tour is limited to 25 people.
  • Washington DC walking tour covering the night President Lincoln was shot
  • See the homes of Lincoln's friends and learn about how he spent his last day alive
  • Stop at Ford's Theatre, the site of his assassination
  • Look at historical photographs that set the scene of DC in the mid-1800s
Professional guide
Gratuities
Transportation to/from attractions
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, USA

Return Details

Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Your walking tour starts outside St. John's Church in Washington DC, where you'll meet your guide and set off on your tour, learning about Abraham Lincoln's last day in the White House. 

Continue to Lafayette Square Park to see Civil War–era homes and buildings, which set the scene for the rest of your exploration. Stop outside the home of Lincoln's theater guests from the night he was assassinated, and walk along Pennsylvania Avenue for a look at other places associated with that night. Your tour ends when you reach Ford's Theatre; go behind the venue to see where John Wilkes Booth made his escape after shooting the president.

During your walk, enjoy photographs and stories from your guide about Washington during the years of the Civil War. Walking distance is roughly 1 mile (1.6 km).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lafayette Square
The tour starts in the middle of this park at the Andrew Jackson statue. The tour will begin with an introduction to President Lincoln's final months in the White House. New characters will be introduced as we explore the historic row houses that surround the park.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The National Theatre
On the day of the assassination, John Wilkes Booth stopped by this theater and met with a friend. Later that evening, Lincoln's son Tad was at this theater watching a play: Alladin or his Wonderful Lamp.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old Post Office Pavilion
Across from this grand old building was the location of the Kirkwood House Hotel. This is where Vice President Andrew Johnson stayed. Conspirator George Azerodt rented a room here and was given the job to attack Johnson that same night...
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ford's Theatre
This is the historic theater where John Wilkes Booth snuck up behind the President like a coward and fired that fateful shot. Today it is a working theater and it has been restored to his Civil War era grandeur. Millions of Americans visit this location every year to remember Lincoln and his legacy.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Petersen Boarding House
This small and simple historic row house was a boarding house at the time of the Civil War. After Lincoln was shot, he was taken to a room on the first floor of this house while the doctors attended to his health. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton interviewed witnesses here that night. Robert Todd Lincoln arrived from the White House and stayed by his father's side all night. It was a sad procession early the next morning when they finally brought the President's lifeless body down the steps for his carriage journey back to the White House.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Shared tour with a group limited to 25 travelers
  • Please note: This tour does not enter any buildings during the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit DC Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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A fun and engaging way to learn about history
Molly_E
, Mar 2020
I really enjoyed this tour. I live in DC, so I don’t tend to go on tours here, but this one is worth it. Becca, our guide, was not only impressively knowledgeable about the history, but also a gifted storyteller. The tour was very engaging, not at all dry, and thoughtfully arranged to visit the relevant landmarks in a way that built up to the drama of Lincoln’s assassination. It was nice to have a very small group (only three of us) so we could ask a lot of questions and go at our own pace. It was also fun to learn more about landmarks that aren’t as famous but have played a part in important historical moments. The tour lasts two hours outside, so make sure you’re dressed for the weather, whatever that may be!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks so much for this detailed review of our tour - we are thrilled to have local residents like you on our experiences.

Product code: 41376P6

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