Greenwich Village Tour

This post reviews and compares the various sightseeing tour options in Greenwich Village available to you, including our name your own price tours.  Most Greenwich Village tours are about 2 hours in length, so it won’t take up too much of your time.  We have organized this post by theme and we have included a link to our High Line Tours, which technically starts in the Village. Alternatively, you can take as much time as you want to explore the Village at your own pace by taking our GPS audio tour, narrated by one of our tour guides or by enjoying a self-guided tour. No matter what your budget or time constraints, chances are that one of the following services will meet your needs.

Food Tours

Music Tours

High Line Tours

Walking Tours

Ghost Tours

Private Tours

 

 

Greenwich Village is among Manhattan’s most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods.  Its history, however, betrays its current wealthy status. The Village – with its quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses – was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape U.S. history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers’ rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of both New York and America’s societal transformations.

 


Greenwich Village Walking Tours

If you want to learn all about this fantastic neighborhood, a walking tour may be your best bet. Typically clocking in at 2 hours in length, these trips will give you an entirely new appreciation for the Village. Aside from our pay-what-you-wish options, ticket prices typically fall in the $30-$40 range, but some tours may be even more affordable depending on how much you want to spend. See some of the most historic homes and buildings while walking around one of the quintessential homes for social change in America.

 


Free Tours By Foot

Join Free Tours by Foot as we criss-cross this Manhattan neighborhood’s legendary streets and explore the architecture, history and culture that was and is Greenwich Village. This tour covers it all – authors, poets, folk singers, rock stars, a mobster, a revolutionary and a U.S. president. Needless to say, quite a few significant moments in American society first gained momentum in the Village, and it’s definitely a blast to discover where these transformative movements began. All of our tours are pay-what-you-wish, meaning that you get to decide how much your experience was worth.  We also offer ghost and food tours in Greenwich Village as well as the High Line.  Be sure to check out our list of over 35 guided tours in NYC.

Sites we cover on the tour:

Reviews for our Greenwich Village tour are very favorable. An overwhelming majority of our guests have seen fit to give this trek a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Several visitors were quite happy with our tour guides, thanking them for all of the information they provided. Some customers were so impressed that they decided to take some of our other tours as well! Couples and friends were the most likely audience to enjoy their journey through the Village.

See photos of the tour on our Facebook page and check out our things to eat in Greenwich Village blog post.  View our self guided Greenwich Village Tour.

Greenwich Village Tour - Free Tours by FootTour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Intersection of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo in front of the Waverly Restaurant.  Click here for detailed directions to the start of the tour from nearby subway stations.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2 km)

When: @9:45 am Wednesdays & Saturdays. @ 2pm Mondays & Fridays. Greenwich Village is also covered on our Greenwich Village, High Line and Meatpacking District Tour as well as our All-in-One Downtown Tour.  View our full tour calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.  For more tips on saving money, check out our Guide to New York City on a Budget.

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New York Tour 1

This Greenwich Village tour focuses on a variety of different subjects from throughout the neighborhood’s history. Travel back to the days of Edgar Allen Poe and see the apartment building from the hit TV show Friends all in the same trip! Running for a total of 2 hours, this trek will give you the chance to discover what made this location the breeding ground for so many artistic and cultural movements. Tickets are very affordable and reviews are excellent, indicating that this service is definitely worth the price of admission.

  • $35 for Adults | Free for Children (13 & Under)
  • 2 hours
  • Daily @1:30 pm (13:30)
  • Click Here to get your tickets.

TIP: If you are considering either the New York Pass or the Sightseeing Pass, please note that this tour is included for free on both.

Reviews for this service are excellent on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Several reviewers mentioned their tour guides by name, indicating that they were very helpful and informative. Guests were especially pleased to note that their guide typically answered any and every question they might have had. Some visitors actually appreciated the length of this trip, as it didn’t take them all day to explore the Village. This trek was especially popular among couples, families and friends.

 


Top Dog Tours

This company offers yet another variety tour which focuses on a plethora of subjects related to the Village. Some of the highlights of this 2 hour trip include a visit to Washington Square Park, the Brown Building, Cafe Wha and the Stonewall Inn. Each location is significant to either the artistic or cultural movements that started in this incredible neighborhood. Tickets are competitively priced, making this an excellent alternative to other Greenwich Village tours.

  • $35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
  • 2 hours
  • Daily @2 pm (14:00)
  • Click Here to get your tickets

At this point, you probably won’t be too surprised to find that Top Dog Tours is also very well rated by its customers. Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given this tour company an overall 5 star rating. Several guests were very pleased with their tour guides, noting that they provided quite an illuminating experience. Most visitors appreciated the variety of information they learned about while on this trek through the Village. Friends and couples were the most likely to leave a positive review.

 


Walk About New York Tours

Whether you’re looking for an extended trip around the Village or you would rather see a side of this neighborhood that is oft forgotten, Walk About offers two different excursions that will definitely meet your expectations. Their first tour will take you on a 3 hour sightseeing trek through Greenwich Village, exploring the history which has made this environment so notable. Alternatively, you can also take a journey which focuses on how the gay community has positively impacted this wonderful locale. Considering the duration, these may actually be the best priced options on our list.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

  • $30 for Adults | $20 for Seniors | $15 for Youth
  • 3 hours
  • 1 pm (13:00) every 2nd & 4th Monday, spring-fall

Gay Village Walking Tour

  • Ticket Prices: $30 for Adults | $20 for Seniors | $15 for Youth
  • 3 hours
  • Most Wednesdays @1 PM, spring-fall

This company currently enjoys a full 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Reviews from their Greenwich Village tours are especially positive, with visitors describing the outing as both informative and delightful. As usual, several guests showered their tour guides with compliments for providing a lot of valuable information. Some customers were especially pleased with the Gay Village tour, which provides a fairly unique view of the Village. Friends and couples were the most likely to give these walking tours a very good review.

 


Manhattan Walking Tour

If you’re already somewhat familiar with Greenwich Village, this trek might be a better option. In addition to a quick jaunt through the bohemian streets of the Village, you’ll also enjoy a bit of food tasting and a walk through High Line Park. Clocking in at 3 ½ hours, this trip will give you plenty of time to see a variety of different notable sites in the area. Tickets are a lot more costly than the other tours on our list, but reviewers indicate that this experience may actually be worth the cost of admission.

  • Ticket Prices: $114 per person
  • 3 ½ hours
  • Daily @11:00 am
  • Click Here to get your tickets.

Reviews on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide are quite excellent. Most guests were enamored not only with the incredible food, but also with the information being provided by their tour guides. Some customers even suggested that there was enough food to represent a full meal, indicating that you shouldn’t plan on eating dinner afterward. This excursion was most likely to receive high marks from either couples or visitors who went with their friends.

 


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Greenwich Village Ghost Tours

As if the history behind this neighborhood weren’t weird enough, there are actually quite a few reported supernatural hot spots in the area as well. Given all of the history behind the Village, it shouldn’t be too shocking to discover that there are also several disturbing stories to learn about. Uncover the spooky legends surrounding this area with the help of a fun and informative ghost tour. Expect each trek to run for about 2 hours with an average price of $35-$40 per ticket.

 


Free Tours By Foot

In addition to our daytime tours of the Village, we also provide a few night tours which delve into the spooky history of this neighborhood. Our main Greenwich Village Ghost tour includes stops at Mark Twain’s House of Horrors, Aaron Burr’s Haunted Carriage House and The White Horse Tavern. Alternatively, you can also check out our Dark Side of High Line tour which features locations and subjects such as the Titanic, the Chelsea Hotel and Death Avenue. Each of these trips is pay-what-you-wish, allowing you to name your own price.

 


Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 PM
  • Reservation required

Dark Side of High Line Tour

  • Duration: 1 ½ hours
  • Availability: Sunday at 7:30 PM
  • Reservation required

When it comes to our ghost tours, most reviewers on TripAdvisor have left exceedingly positive comments. A majority of guests were very pleased with the amount of information they received from their tour guides, suggesting that they had an interesting story to tell for every stop on the journey. Some visitors appreciated the fact that their guide was a true believer, making the experience much more exciting and entertaining. These outings were quite popular with couples in particular.

 


Top Dog Tours

This tour company also offers a ghost tour through Greenwich Village, revealing several dark and disturbing tales which may or may not have ties to the supernatural. Visit what is often reported to be the most haunted house in Manhattan after seeing the hanging tree and learning about the origin of its name. There are several creepy stories that were born in the Village, and this is an excellent way to see another side of history that you won’t learn about on a typical tour through this neighborhood. Ticket costs are affordable and the duration of this trip is more than reasonable.

  • $35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
  • 2 hours
  • Daily at 8 pm (20:00)
  • Click Here to get your tickets

Reviews for this particular trip are quite excellent, with most guests giving it a 5 star rating on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Most visitors felt that this tour was very informative, providing excellent stories about the dark side of Greenwich Village. Some customers even felt that their excursion had forever changed the way they looked at this neighborhood. This trek was especially well rated by those who went with a friend.

 


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Greenwich Village Music Tours

As you may know, the Village was home to several important musicians who defined many different genres. With such a rich musical history, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that there are tours focusing on both the past and the present harmony of Greenwich Village. While some of these opportunities are pricey, others are very affordable at about $40 per ticket. These treks range from 2-4 hours in length, giving you plenty of time to see and learn about all of the lyrical and melodic genius that was born in this unique environment.

 


Rock n’ Roll Tours

Cafe Wha is one of the most significant sites in Greenwich Village. Image Source: Wikimedia.As you can probably imagine, this company provides walking tours that focus more on the musical history of Greenwich Village than other aspects. Learn about the influence of famous musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Woody Guthrie and The Animals. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll discover how the folk movement inspired a generation of artists to create melodies that would go on to change American culture. Ticket prices are quite reasonable considering the focus of this trip.

  • $39 per person
  • 2 hours
  • Every Sunday @11:00 am (spring-fall)
  • Click Here to get your tickets

Just like their competition, this company is well reviewed on both Tripadvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).  As a matter of fact, most guests have seen fit to give them either a 4 star or 5 star rating. Some customers recommend this tour for anyone who wants to learn about the famous rock musicians who once spent a lot of time in the Village. Several visitors showed a lot of appreciation for their friendly tour guides. This trek received its best ratings from families, couples and solo tourists.

 


New York Broadway Tours

This company provides several well rated music tours in New York, including a trip to the notable Piano Bars and Theaters in Greenwich Village. On this walking tour, you’ll soak up the musical atmosphere which permeates this neighborhood. The focus here is definitely on how Broadway and Theatrical performances have helped to shape the scene both in the Village and New York City. Much like their competitors, this excursion clocks in at 2 hours in length and is similarly priced.

  • Ticket Prices: $40 per person | Kids 10 and under are free
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • @5:30 pm (17:30) Tue-Thur & Sun year round
  • Click Here to get your tickets

New York Broadway Tours currently enjoys a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. Most customers agree that their tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable, providing a unique and interesting take on the musical history of New York. Several guests were very impressed with the amount of information provided while others appreciated the activities included on their trip. This outing was best reviewed by families and friends.

 


Big Apple Jazz Tour

Several great Jazz musicians got their start in New York, a city which still fosters artists of all kinds. Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll explore both the past and the present of Jazz history in Greenwich Village. Along the way, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear a lot of wonderful live music in a variety of different venues. Although this trip is a lot more expensive than some of the other tours on our list, it is also fairly unique and very highly rated.

  • Ticket Prices: $121 per person
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Availability: Wed-Sun @6:45 PM, year round
  • Click Here to get your tickets

Reviewers on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide have given Big Apple Jazz Tour mostly 4 and 5 star ratings. A majority of visitors truly appreciated the information provided by their tour guides, noting that they lead a fun and interesting trek around the Village. Several guests were also impressed that they were instantly welcomed to each venue they visited, ensuring a more pleasing journey for everyone. Couples were by far the most likely audience to give this tour a very high rating.


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Private Greenwich Village Tours

If you’re looking for a more personalized trip around Greenwich Village, this will probably be your best bet. Believe it or not, we actually offer private tours of pretty much any location in New York City – including the Village. Rather than competing for the attention of your tour guide, you can rest assured that they will devote all of their attention to your group. Depending on how many guests you bring along, you might even find yourself paying less for this experience than you would for one of the options above!

Reviews for our private tours are very positive, with an overwhelming majority of customers giving us a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Visitors are typically very impressed with our tour guides, showing a lot of love for the personal attention they have received. One guest even took the time to compare our prices to competitors, noting that we offer much more affordable services. Despite the higher price tag that often comes with these specialized excursions, several reviewers felt that their experience was worth every penny. Families and friends were most likely to give this opportunity an excellent rating.

  • Ticket Price: $225 for up to 2 ½ hours | $350 for up to 6 hours
  • Duration: As long as you wish
  • Availability: Whenever you wish
  • Click here for more information

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