Discover the Rich History of Lancaster with Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp.

Established in 1976

For nearly half a century, the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. has been providing visitors and locals alike with an immersive and educational experience that showcases the rich history and stunning architecture of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Established in 1976, this non-profit organization is celebrating its 48th year of operation, and continues to offer low-cost, informative tours led by knowledgeable and passionate volunteer guides.

Starting April 2, 2024, the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour will be offering tours every Tuesday through Saturday, with multiple time slots available to accommodate various schedules. Tours depart from the Lancaster City Welcome Center, located at 38 Penn Square, at the intersection of King and Queen Streets in the heart of downtown Lancaster.

During the 90-minute walking tour, participants will have the opportunity to explore the city’s fascinating past, spanning nearly 300 years. From the historic Central Market, established in 1730 and recognized as the oldest continuously operating public market in the United States, to the charming streets of Old Town, saved from demolition by concerned citizens, the tour offers a glimpse into the city’s remarkable journey through time.

Lancaster’s role in shaping American history is evident throughout the tour, as guides share captivating stories and point out significant landmarks. Learn about the city’s involvement in the Underground Railroad during the 19th century, and discover how Lancaster even served as the nation’s capital for a single day. The well-preserved architecture, including public buildings, churches, and private homes, provides a visual testament to the city’s enduring legacy.

The Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. takes pride in its affordability, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the city’s history. Prices for the 2024 season are as follows: Adults $10.00, Seniors (65+) $8.00, Youth (5-18) $1.00, and Children (below 5) Free. Groups of 8 or more can enjoy a discounted rate of $8.00 per person. Cash and credit cards are accepted, and no reservations are necessary for regular tours.

In addition to regular tours, the organization also offers group tours and school tours, providing a fantastic educational opportunity for students and organizations. To arrange a group or school tour, simply contact the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. via email at

As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, all profits generated by the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. are donated to Lancaster City-based charities and non-profits. By participating in a tour, not only will you gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s history, but you’ll also be contributing to the betterment of the local community.

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what some of our satisfied tour participants have to say:

"We spent an engaging couple of hours walking through downtown Lancaster learning about Lancaster's rich history and marveling at the well-preserved architecture. There's an interesting tale or two to tell going back to colonial times including a lot of goings on during the Civil War. Lancaster played an important part in the Underground Railroad during the 19th century. It was even the nation's capitol for one day! Many of the public buildings, churches and private homes are still used and a well-informed guide can point them out."

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Experience the magic of Lancaster’s history for yourself by joining the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. on an unforgettable journey through time. With knowledgeable guides, affordable prices, and a commitment to supporting the local community, this tour is a must-do for anyone visiting or residing in Lancaster. Don’t miss your chance to discover the captivating stories and architectural wonders that make this city so special.

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