Guided tour

Salem: Grave Matters Cemetery Tour

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Activity provider: Salem Historical Tours

Salem: Grave Matters Cemetery Tour

Activity provider: Salem Historical Tours
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From US$ 18 per person

Likely to sell out

Venture into the Old Burying Point, one of the oldest cemeteries in the US with a licensed guide. Learn about the many prominent people important to the growth of the community who are buried here.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Examine uniquely crafted engravings by preeminent stone carvers
  • See the site of a grave robbing and learn about local history
  • Visit the graves of 2 witchcraft judges, a governor, and a Mayflower Pilgrim
Full description
Start the tour by entering through the main gate of the cemetery where you will be greeted by impressive chest tombs of some of the most prominent individuals of their time. Traversing the paths, see varying different carvings representing mortality, ascension, protection, and grief. Learn about how many of these hand made tombstones are incredibly unique and have stood the test of time, surviving some of the harshest of winters. Admire some of the extraordinarily beautiful stone carvings, many of which have symbolism and poetic remembrances. See the final resting places of some the Puritans who came to Salem and had a major impact on the United States and you will see many recognizable names. Discover how there are still 35 million descendants of these folks in the country so it is possible that may even see your own family name.
  • Tour guide
  • Amplifier so everyone can hear
  • Donation to Charter Street Cemetery Fund from the ticket price
  • Admission to Charter Street Cemetery Welcome Center after the tour
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

Inside the 1805 Custom House located on the corner of Essex and Central Streets, 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970, USA.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Video recording
  • Audio recording

Know before you go

  • Please note that the price for the following ticket categories is the same as for students, seniors, or military. Discount categories (valid with ID): Veterans, Police, Firefighters, Teachers, EMTs, Nurses, and Salem Residents
  • This tour is on fairly flat ground, however, paths can be bumpy and when it rains puddles may develop
  • You will not touch the stones on this tour
  • No animals are allowed unless they are accommodation animals
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Tickets are non-transferable
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • Photography is encouraged
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Bob was great.

The tour was insightful and close to dining. The cemetery is one block from the meeting area and it’s in the center of town.

July 5, 2019

August 24, 2019

We absolutely loved our tour with Giovanni. We were in town visiting from Florida and would love to come back and tour with him again. The tour was very informative and entertaining and appropriate for all ages.

July 15, 2021

Product ID: 238587