Historic Guided Walking Tours

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After careful consultation and in full accordance with federal, state, and City of Atlanta guidance, directives and orders, the Atlanta Preservation Center has postponed all scheduled walking tours and events indefinitely. When events are postponed or rescheduled, you will be contacted via email with the new event information as soon that information is available. Unless notified otherwise, your tickets will be valid for the new event date or for any other future Atlanta Preservation Center tour.

Why take a Historic Guided Walking Tour?

The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) was one of the first organizations in Atlanta, Georgia, to lead Guided Walking Tours designed to introduce visitors and residents alike to designated historic neighborhoods around the City of Atlanta.

Our available tour routes 

The APC has been hosting our Historic Guided Walking Tours since 1980.


What is the difference between your Public Tours and Private Tours?

We offer nine (9) available Public Tours scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the chosen route and tour guide availability. Upcoming tours can be found on our Walking Tour Calendar, available on the APC website. Our Public Tours are available for all ages, but are strongly recommended for children 12-years-old and up due to the nature of the historical material.  For parties of 20 or more, please visit APC's Private Group Tours page for more information.

Our Private Historic Guided Walking Tours are extended narrative history presentations of our available walking routes, and they can be tailored towards an incoming group’s particular interest, such as: focus on famous local historical figures, architectural details, historic city planning, and more.

Our Private Tours can be arranged for groups of any size (with a limit of 50 participants), depending on schedule and availability. This option tends to be very popular with local universities such Georgia Institute of Technology and SCAD; visiting senior citizen groups from around the state, and organizations looking for educational, office-friendly extracurricular activities.

For questions or to schedule a private tour, please contact our Tour Coordinator for more information. 

Private tours are available with advance notification. Please allow for a minimum of 1 full business day to confirm your booking inquiry.


When is your Tour season?

Our Public Tour Season for our outdoo tours runs from March through the weekend before Thanksgiving (mid-November) every year; additional indoor tours are available year-round.  Private tours are available at any time throughout the year.

If you are interested in booking a private tour, please fill out our request form online, or contact our Tour Coordinator.


How long does a Walking Tour usually last?

Our tour routes usually run for 80-90 minutes, but they can be shortened slightly if you speak to your tour guide in advance.

Our weekday lunchtime Historic Downtown tour is a notable exception. It starts at 12:00PM noon and runs for a full 60 minutes on alternate Fridays, as it is designed to fit into an average downtown lunch break.


How much does a ticket cost?

Ticket prices for our regularly scheduled public walking tours are as follows:

$13.00 – Adults

$7.00 – Students

$7.00 – Senior Citizens (65+)

For parties of 20 or more, please visit APC's Private Group Tours page for more information.  Pricing for private tours begins at $75.  Please contact us for additional information.

What is the best way to book or reserve tour?

You can reserve a tour date with us either through using the Walking Tour Calendar on our official APC website, calling the APC office (at 404-688-3353, Ext. 13) or by emailing our Tour Coordinator.


Are reservations required?

Yes.  Reservations are required and may be made through our website. Our regular tour schedules and online booking system are availble on the Walking Tour Calendar page here. If you need to cancel your reservation, please contact us no later than 36 hours prior to your tour.  All of our tour guides are volunteers; please be considerate of their time in scheduling or cancelling reservations. Additional dates for customized private, group, or corporate tours may be available at an additional cost.  Please contact our Tour Coordinator for further inquiries.


What types of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards through our Peek online reservation system, which is available on our website’s Walking Tour Calendar  page, or on each individual tour page.  For private tours, we accept credit card, cash, or check payable to the Atlanta Preservation Center; please contact an APC staff member for details.


Can a Groupon voucher be redeemed for one of your tours?

Beginning on August 1, 2019, we will no longer accept any Groupon vouchers.


Can we still take a tour if it is raining or snowing outside?

Unfortunately, most of our tours are outdoor walking tours. For safety reasons, we usually do not host tours in inclement weather, so routes may be cancelled – with advanced notice – at the discretion of your tour guide.


I am interested in volunteering for the APC! How do I get involved?

We appreciate your interest! Please contact APC staff by email at info@preserveatlanta.com indicating your interest, background, along with any relevant skills you may have. We would be happy to speak with you to follow up.


What is your refund policy if I have to cancel my tour reservation?

We offer a 100% refund policy if you are not satisfied with the tour taken. Please contact our Tour Coordinator, or other APC staff at info@preserveatlanta.com for more information.


Can I rebook a tour if I cannot attend the initial tour date?

Yes, you can absolutely rebook your tour reservation, at no additional cost, provided that your chosen tour date is still available. Please contact our Tour Coordinator for more information.