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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
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General Andrew Jackson Statue , Washington, DC 20006, USA

Meet at the Andrew Jackson statue in the center of Lafayette Square

Ford's Theatre , 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Tour ends outside the Ford's Theatre

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
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit DC Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Excellent Storytelling
Dawnya_C
, Nov 2021
Lindsey made this tour approachable for people of all ages. He knowledge and super storytelling skills kept everyone engaged.
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An evening with Abe
Kiley_B
, Oct 2021
The tour was informational and engaging. Photographs were shown throughout to provide a vivid demonstration. It was interesting to learn the events that led up to the assassination along with others that were planned. The intimate setting of the tour provided a great experience for all ages! I definitely recommend if you are looking for a great tour in D.C.
star-5
Great tour
Corrie_G
, Oct 2021
Very knowledgeable tour guide and very passionate. We saw so many of the key buildings and learned about the others inpacted
star-5
Great tour with amazing guide
DEBORAH_W
, Sep 2021
Camden, the tour guide made the tour. She was very helpful and knowledgeable and most important, obviously loves her job!
star-5
Great tour!
Katie_R
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Becca, was wonderful. She was enthusiastic, informative and engaging. My 11 year old was able to follow what she was saying and she answered all of his questions along the way. Highly recommend!!!
star-5
Definitely worth it!
Amy_P
, Aug 2021
Awesome tour, our guide was amazing, she was the best story teller, very engaging. Would highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour, ask for Canden!
wendy_c
, Aug 2021
Canden was an excellent guide. She was thoughtful, knowing we had tired feet from the day, and offered us seats whenever possible on this walking tour. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and obviously she LOVES Lincoln. Her stories were engaging, Especially for teens. She left us wanting to know more.
star-5
Informative and interesting tour.
Lisa_S
, Aug 2021
Rebecca, our guide, presented the history of the event with great passion and enthusiasm. She was able to answer additional questions and made the experience comfortable and memorable.
star-5
Great tour, highly recommend Canden!
Michael_W
, Jul 2021
Canden was awesome!!! She was extremely knowledgeable and told us a great story, much of which we had never known. We highly recommend this tour and her. You don’t get to enter any buildings, just walk outside many key buildings.
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Reliving the Lincoln Assassination
William_S
, Jul 2021
Canden was very informative and yet told historical events in a colorful and entertaining manner. She kept our tour group on schedule and engaged despite a few nagging showers. My family and I enjoyed this tour immensely.

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