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Victorian Home Walk

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Join us in exploring Pacific Heights with its colorful Victorian row houses, famous mansions, and beautiful gardens. Learn the history of San Francisco through its architecture ! A great introduction into the local side of San Francisco. Established...more
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Union Square, Corner of Powell and Post, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You’ll enjoy this very personal walk with Jay. He’s extremely knowledgeable and eager to share his love for these beautiful “Painted Ladies.” You’ll even visit a restored former Girls’ Finishing School from the late 1800’s. An easy and enjoyable walk. Highly recommended

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Thank you Jay for your company and knowledge on our most enjoyable walk around the old and affluent streets of San Francisco. It's an easy way to spend a morning, stretch your legs and learn first hand from a knowledgeable resident the history and past...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Graham F
Reviewed 15 October 2018

I’ve been to San Francisco a few times but experienced something completely different this time. It was a lovely day & I fancied a walk but to where? I googled walking tours & this one popped up, so off I went. A small group (3...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jill B
Reviewed 10 October 2018

On a beautiful Monday in October the tour group was small--and all San Francisco natives! The walk is well-paced and comfortable, and Jay is extremely knowledgeable about everything from the architectural history of the city, to the social history and pop cultural tidbits that add...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dvisser
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. My husband was working on the day I went so I went on my own and I was so glad I did! Jay was wonderful, very knowledgeable and interesting. You can tell he has a true passion for San Francisco...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

I live in the Bay Area and I really want to get to know San Francisco better. This tour was a great way to get to learn more about the history and neighborhoods of SF, as well as the Victorians and the changes in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary U
victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

A big part of the tour is explaining the history of San Francisco through it’s architecture. You bring out this point very well. Thank you!

Reviewed 9 August 2018

We loved the Victorian Home Walk Tour! It’s a must do in San Francisco! It is about 2 hours and on select days of the week meeting at 11am at Union Square. Our guide, Jay, was exactly where he said he would be and was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to write a detailed review! The tour tour involves a lot more than just Victorian Homes. There is something for everyone on this walk!!

Reviewed 31 July 2018

It seemed like a SF sort of thing to do - a little history, a little architecture, a little walking. What a gem of a tour. Jay is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Victorians and about the neighborhoods we walked through. It was my first...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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victorianwalk, Owner at Architecture Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

This tour is great for the first time visitor and the local who has lived here all their life. The information comes from the homeowners making the tour a unique experience for all!

Reviewed 27 July 2018

My husband and I recently experienced the Victorian Home Walking Tour, and were blown away by the experience. Jay is a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide whose love for his city shows throughout the tour. Among the many things we learned on this tour are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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victorianwalk, Owner at Architecture Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

The emphasis of the tour is Victorian architecture, but we cover other styles as well. You learn the history of San Francisco through the evolution of its architecture.

Reviewed 17 July 2018

The tour was fun and well organized. Jay was very knowledgeable and personable. My husband and I really enjoyed the tour and whole heartedly recommend it.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Michele H
9 September 2018|
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Response from victorianwalk | Property representative |
Tips are optional. However, taking the time to review online and word of mouth to friends is really appreciated! Jay
Jennifer H
6 April 2017|
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Response from victorianwalk | Property representative |
Yes, children are allowed. I get many participants with small children. Effective January 2017 the tour operates three days a week (from five). Tour open Friday, Saturday and Monday. There are still some old brochures... More
20 April 2016|
Response from victorianwalk | Property representative |
Update 2018! Reservations required (no deposit taken). Check website for hours of operation.