Are you ready to experience Alexandria’s most chilling ghost tour? Uncover the hauntings of a colonial city where phantoms of the Potomac tread in George Washington’s ghostly footsteps.
From natives who lived here thousands of years ago, to John Smith and the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, join us for an unflinching look into the city’s history, and tales of the very real hauntings experienced by its residents.
Tours are held daily, rain or shine, and year-round. Please see a list of available tours below to book your tour today, or for more information.
Alexandria Ghosts Tour
Are you ready to disturb the dead of Alexandria? Visit the colonial city where phantoms of the Potomac tread in George Washington’s ghostly footsteps.
Outside of Gatsby's Tavern at 138 N. Royal St.
Tours are 1 hour across a 1-mile walking distance. Ask about the bonus extended tour!
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Alexandria Haunted Pub Crawl Tour
On our tour, we’ll indulge you with some tales of the paranormal while you get a taste of the city from the myriad of alcoholic offerings at the city’s pubs, taverns, and bars.
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With picturesque colonial streets and historic buildings, Old Town Alexandria is a quaint place to unwind…until something creeps up and reminds you that the unknown lies underneath its ancient thoroughfares. As you visit haunted hotels, encounter apparitions by antique shops, and walk by restless spirits on the riverwalk, you may hear repeated whispers of dying soldiers taking their last breath. Alexandria is a town where unrighteous pacts were made, innocent blood was spilled, and souls were traded with evil under every turn of the moon.
Tonight, join us on a bone-chilling tour of Alexandria’s Old Town bedeviled and blood-soaked streets and see multiple haunted locations and buildings humming with the energy of the unknown. These historical sites are where death and tragedy have left a permanent stamp in time.
See the ghost of poor Laura Schafer, who burned to death just after the Civil War and days after getting engaged. Reveal the mystery ghost at 414 Franklin Street who will whisper its name in your ear, finally answering an age-old question regarding its identity. Investigate these haunted tales and hear terrifying accounts of hair-raising encounters with unseen, and unfriendly, forces.
Join Alexandria Ghosts on this spine-tingling adventure and walk the haunted streets of this infamous merchant town to revive a past that easily comes alive once the lamp lights flicker on each evening. Hear firsthand tales of nerve-wracking encounters with bloodthirsty ghosts, gruesome deaths, and the spirits that still stalk the windows of historic houses.
Alexandria was established as a tobacco seaport and was an important stop for a railroad that connected it to other cities. The combination of port and railway made Alexandria a mainstay in the trade and transport of tobacco, wheat, and other goods. Its position along the Potomac River also made it a perfect place for the inspection and holding of goods bound for England. The city’s strategic location and connectivity to other major cities made it a coveted stronghold for both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Brothers battled in the streets and left them ringing with the screams of their dying kin.
Alexandria was a refuge for those who were bloodied on the battlefield, a makeshift hospital for hopeless and dying soldiers. At the same time, the busy port also drew seedy merchants, murderous sailors, and ruthless cutthroats who mingled with upstanding businessmen and politicians just a stone’s throw away from the nation’s capital. Ghosts of the atrocities they committed still stalk the shadows of Old Town nightly.
Uncover the lurid history of Alexandria’s blood-soaked bricks as you embark on our haunted ghost adventure. Listen for the moans of dying soldiers as you walk the streets where they took their last breaths. Don’t be surprised if you feel something following you on a ghost tour through this historic town, where every cobblestone has a morbid story to tell.
Once the sun dips, and twilight sets in, the wickedness of this Port City is too hard to ignore.
When darkness descends you will feel the chill, as history crawls out of Alexandria’s woodwork and sinks its sharp fangs into your jugular. Creatures of mists, like the Female Stranger of Gatsby Tavern, come alive. The ghost of a dead child comes out to play, reportedly tugging at the clothes of unwary visitors. Crooks and villains long dead seem to step out of Hell once more to torment new victims of the present whose only crime is walking down the streets of the old town at night.
Meet your guide at Market Square, across from The Spice & Tea Exchange to begin your grim tour of Alexandria’s dark past and a haunted present. Find yourself captivated by love stories cut tragically short. Learn how the ghosts of the past kept evil spirits at bay and discover what devil protects City Hall on our walking ghost tour of Alexandria.
A mysterious waft of tobacco follows you as you walk through Old Town Alexandria, harking back to the founding of the city. A disembodied whisper echoes in your ear as you walk by 300-year-old buildings, maybe their owners voicing their last wishes. Ghosts walk with you in the gardens of haunted cathedrals with patrons so dedicated, they never left. Join our hour-long walking tour of Alexandria and step into the haunted past of an important city in American history.
Evil lurks in the buildings of Old Town. Something sinister awaits hungry at the end of a quiet alley. Alexandria is a paradise by day, but nightmarish come twilight — step into Alexandria’s shadows for a darker view of the city. Discover the haunted origins of Alexandria’s unexplained and hear the tales of locals who have encountered someone of Old Town’s many restless dead.
Alexandria has the highest concentration of haunted buildings in all of Virginia. A cornucopia of mansions and locations burning with ghosts and other fiends. Because it’s a hotspot for hauntings, people from all over the globe are drawn to Port City to investigate unexplained accounts – to get up close and personal with bold and vengeful ghosts. Join our grim little group of intrepid investigators and discover first-hand the hauntings of Old Town Alexandria.
Don’t be surprised if you feel the hair on the back of your neck raise as we embark on our adventure through Alexandria. Residents from 300 years ago still walk these streets and their ghosts like to connect with the living. Your breath will catch in your throat as you feel a spectral hand grab hold of your arm. Your heart will skip a beat as you catch a glimpse of a shadow figure. Join our haunted walking tour for scary stories and thrilling encounters that will haunt your dreams long after you leave Old Town.
James Green refused to swear allegiance to the Union Army — so the Union Army went and took all his properties. And what did they do with James’ uber-big mansion? They turned it into a mammoth hospital for soldiers. The biggest in the land. This place saw so much bloodshed that visitors actually jumped out windows to get away from the dread and moans of the injured and dying. Is it any wonder it’s haunted?
Gadsby’s Tavern is a haunted bar that’s older than Virginia itself. Several prestigious historical figures dined there regularly, including first president George Washington.
Patrons who have visited the establishment recently claim that some of those historical figures haven’t left the tavern. Some spooky occurrences have made it one of the top haunted destinations to visit during your time in Alexandria.
Nothing screams “haunted” like a long spooky tunnel. The Wilkes Tunnel has garnered a reputation for being full of bad karma. It’s a creepy yet fascinating site to see if you’re stopping in Alexandria.
Built during the 1850s, it played a vital role during the Civil War. Alexandria used to be a central railway terminus during that era. The legend has it that several spirits still roam the location.
For an in-depth spooky history lesson, don’t miss out on visiting the Wilkes Tunnel.
Limbs were once piled high in Alexandria’s streets, painted red with the blood of soldiers from multiple wars. The avenues reeked of copper and the salty taste of blood. Alexandria was not a pleasant town. What you see today, its picturesque glory, its hipster veneers, was once caked in tragedy, murder, and mayhem. Learn of its past, a past that tells the true tale of Washington D.C.’s history.
You delight in things that go bump in the night and revel in spine-chilling tales of horror and haunting. You’re not the only one. Did you know that there’s a branch of tourism called Dark Tourism? It’s a whole community. Some folks like to go to the beach, some like to unwind looking at mountains, some like to skydive, or base jump off bridges, and some love nothing more than to take pictures of a serial killer’s house. You’re not alone. Collect a few more campfire thrillers on our tour of haunted Alexandria. Embark on a petrifying adventure with our tour guide and learn the spine-chilling secrets behind this beautiful city.
Your blood turns to quicksilver, fast, mercury quick, hot and bothered. Your heart is about to burst out of your chest. The hairs on the back of your nape stand up. Your brain goes into overdrive and floods your body with hormones – the type that forms connections, the sexy sort of connections. There’s a reason why horror movies have long been associated with date nights. There’s a reason why girls love bad boys. And boys go gaga for bad girls. We love danger, it’s instinctual.
The ghosts of soldiers sent to Alexandria’s makeshift hospitals during several wars still haunt the streets of Old Town. And there are plenty of local accounts from people who have heard their dying moans, still pleading for relief hundreds of years after their deaths. Discover the dark side of American History on our haunted Alexandria tour and encounter blood-chilling ghosts of the city’s blood-soaked past.
Alexandria is just a couple of train stops from DC. Most folks that come to Port City came while they were vacationing and doing the Capitol huddle. Well, sooner or later you just need to get away from it all. You just need to unwind and get a fresh wind that’s not so political, not so heavy on the history, and not so red-white-and-blue. Alexandria is an outskirt town that takes you back in time, to an era where alliances weren’t that forged and set in stone when betrayals were an everyday occurrence, and where cutthroats and highwaymen roamed the streets.
“Faced with the choice, George Washington actually preferred the sound of bullets whizzing by his head in battle over the sound of silence.” — Daniel O’ Brian.
Alexandria was George Washington’s hometown. The father of our independence, a man who had stones the size of Mount Everest, a man so full of grit that even the Reaper had to ask permission from him – “Tis well,” his last words – roamed the streets of Port City when he was baking our independence in his brain. Learn a bit about his childhood years, and what forged him into the titan he ultimately became.