The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour

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Stunning architecture and unforgettable San Francisco history

Alamo Square Park is one of the best known parks in San Francisco, with breathtaking views of the city skyline, the Painted Ladies of Postcard Row, the University of San Francisco, and so much more.

Our guide to The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour

This one-of-a-kind walking tour brings together the historic with the modern in one of the most recognizable places in the entire world.

You’ll learn about the role Alamo Hill played during the 1906 fires, its status as a watering hole long before that, and the far-reaching implications of the Van Ness Ordinance.

As we make our way around the park, you’ll also hear about what makes City Hall so special and get a sense of the different housing styles in this neighbourhood that boasts the second highest concentration of 10,000-square-foot homes in San Francisco.

We’ll also explore the William Westerfeld House (where past residents range from Russian czars to German confectioners), and the Archbishop’s Mansion, where Pope Pius XII used to stay.

We’ll even get the opportunity to step inside the Historic Chateau Tivoli, one of the many grand Victorian homes in beautiful Alamo Square. Our time ends in the historic Fillmore District, after visiting Third Baptist Church, the first Black church in the city.

Itinerary

  • Alamo Square

Where you’ll see the Painted Ladies (AKA Postcard Row), Sutro Tower, the SF skyline, and more

  • Historic Chateau Tivoli

A look inside this Victorian treasure in the Alamo Square Historic District

  • Views of City Hall

A lavish mansion host to many archbishops and Pope Pius XII

  • William Westerfeld House

Once home to John Mahony, various Russian czars and Anton LaVey

  • Third Baptist Church

San Francisco’s first Black church

 

Start Times: 9:30 AM

Departs: Daily

Duration: 90 minutes

Meeting Point: Stairs at the intersection of Pierce and Hayes streets

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice. 
  • This tour is conducted in English only.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 
  • Our tour will end at the intersection of Fulton and Steiner streets.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours of the tour date. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are non refundable.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour

General Information

  • What is The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour?

    The Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour is a guided tour that takes you through the iconic Painted Ladies and other historic Victorian homes in the Alamo Square neighbourhood of San Francisco. This tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the architectural beauty and history of these renowned landmarks.

  • How much walking is there?

    Guests should be prepared to walk just over half a mile.

  • What if it rains?

    Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Duration of Visit

  • How long does the tour last?

    The tour typically lasts about 2 hours. Please ensure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to check in and meet your guide.

Clothing & Accessories

  • What should I wear for the tour?

    We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. San Francisco weather can be unpredictable, so layering is a good idea.