1 - 2 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Salem Witch Trials Tour
Take a trip through Salem’s haunted past, where Halloween brings scary stories to life. Over 300 years ago, this picturesque town witnessed the infamous Salem Witch Trials. With our self-guided, GPS-enabled tour woven with Halloween’s enchantment, you can now explore Salem’s eerie past and spine-tingling present. Visit the spooky places that still remind you of Salem’s past.
About the Tour
The Salem Armory is where your Halloween-themed adventure begins. It is your entrance to a world where the supernatural and the real come together. Walk through the creepy atmosphere to get to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which is a solemn place to remember the people who died in the witch hunts.
Next, visit the Old Burying Point. Hear the tragic tale of Giles Corey as you navigate ancient gravestones. Corey’s defiance in the face of terror earned him a place in history, immortalized in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”The Crucible.
Discover eerie architecture, including the Joshua Ward House and Old Town Hall. Tales of secret tunnels beneath these historic structures will send shivers down your spine.
Proceed to the old jailhouse, where innocent souls endured unspeakable cruelty. Some say their restless spirits never left. Notice landmarks familiar from films like “Hocus Pocus” and “Bewitched.” Hocus Pocus and Bewitched.
The tour continues to the Salem Witch Museum (Note: Museum tickets not included), where you’ll learn about the trials’ conclusion. Your final destination is Salem Common, concluding with lesser-known facts about the aftermath.
Discover optional detours for extra thrills, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home to a tavern infamous for 18th-century kidnappings. Embrace the Halloween spirit—book your Salem Witch Trials self-guided tour today!
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Important! Do not tour at night!
- This is a daytime-only tour. Do not begin after dusk.
- Cemeteries are off-limits after dusk.
- Use crosswalks and cross only when safe to do so.
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Where to start?
Starting Address: New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Welcome to Salem Witch Trials
Salem Armory: The Bell
Salem Armory: The Arch
Samuel Pickman House
The 1692 Memorial
Old Burying Point
The Peabody Sisters and the Grimshawe House
Do What Is Right
Old Town Hall
Joshua Ward House
Hollywood in Salem
Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall
St Peter's Episcopal Church
Old Witch Gaol
Old Salem Jail
Howard Street Cemetery
Roger Conant & Witch Museum
Aftermath of the Trials
Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace
The House of the Seven Gables
Preview The Tour
The Salem Witch Trials, also known as the Salem Witch Panic, were a series of bogus trials resulting in the conviction and execution of 20 men and women during the late 1600s. These trials were fueled by a mass panic about witchcraft in the village, despite no concrete evidence ever being presented.
The 20 victims executed as part of the Salem Witch Trials ranged in age from 30 to 77, and included 14 women and six men. Five others died in prison. One of the most famous victims was Giles Corey, who famously refused to plead guilty to witchcraft and was crushed to death via a torture method known as “pressing.”
Over 200 men and women were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Most were able to beat the accusations, but those without social influence or who had angered those in power were not so fortunate.
The Salem Witch Trials ended as abruptly as they began. When someone accused the wife of Massachusetts Governor William Phips of witchcraft, the governor himself intervened and put an end to the madness. He ordered a halt to the trials, demanded an end to the admission of so-called “spectral evidence,” and brought the nightmare to an abrupt conclusion.
The Salem Witch Trials ended in October of 1692, the same year they began. Some trials would continue, but this time under the watchful gaze of Governor Phips, and they would result in no further executions.
Official numbers put the total death toll at 25. 19 were executed, five died in jail, and one was tortured to death in an attempt to elicit a confession.
Salem is an excellent town to walk around. The town center is quite compact, having been built well before the invention of the automobile, and there’s plenty to see and do as you stroll through this historic district.
The first thing to do during any visit to Salem is to go to the cemetery where the Witch Trial victims are memorialized. After that, perhaps visit the Witch Museum, stop by one of the many cafes for a pick-me-up, and admire the historic architecture. Plus, visit important landmarks like the site of the jail where accused witches were once held. And be sure to end your day at one of Salem’s many excellent restaurants!
Five years after the trials, a day of fasting was called to honor the victims. In 1702, the trials were officially declared unlawful, and in 1711 some of the victims’ families received £600 as compensation for their suffering. But it wasn’t until 2001 that the last of the victims were finally exonerated of their supposed crimes.
Besides the Witch Trials themselves, Salem has huge historical importance as one of the earliest settlements in New England. It was incorporated in 1626 and was at one time the home of Roger Williams, who later went on to found the state of Rhode Island.
Salem’s infamous witch trials started in February 1692 and ended quite suddenly in May of the following year.
The witch trials of Salem, MA, began in February of 1692. It all started with two young girls: Abigail Williams and Betty Parris. The two children suffered from fits of screaming and convulsions. Nobody knows for sure what the reason for their behavior was; it could have been food poisoning, sleep paralysis, or any number of other psychosomatic disorders. But the pious townsfolk of Salem immediately suspected the devil was involved.
Modern historians might point to any number of medical conditions, but at the time, there was only one explanation: the girls were possessed by the devil. Nobody can say for sure, but the prevailing theory is that paranoia and mob mentality are to blame.
A trip to Salem wouldn’t be complete without taking in its haunted history. A Salem walking tour is the ideal way to experience the witch trials.
One hundred percent yes! Salem, Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century, is a spooky place to visit any time of year. But Halloween is when Salem truly comes to life!
Despite popular conception, none of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials died by fire. How did they die instead? Mostly by hanging.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on your next trip within 1 year of your purchase.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
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- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.