New York City

Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour

New York City, USA
Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour
  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Offered in: English


New York City's Harlem neighborhood is booming with history, but if you’re exploring on your own, you might miss out on some key details of the area. This Harlem gospel multimedia walking tour takes you to a gospel-accompanied church service and shows you around Harlem with a guide who’s lived in the neighborhood their whole life. Plus, you’ll start with a light breakfast and watch a video before you set out.
  • A small-group tour makes for an intimate way to explore the neighborhood
  • Learn about Harlem’s history from a guide who's lived there their whole life
  • Enjoy a light breakfast, and attend a classic gospel service at a local church
  • Pickup is available from all NYC hotels for a stress-free start

What's Included

  • Tour conducted by Harlem born-and-raised tour guide who has lived in Harlem entire life
  • Storage place for luggage and bags
  • Walking tour complimented with portable video and audio
  • Tours start with light morning snack, water, juice, and coffee
  • Hotel Pickup

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center
    104 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026, USA

    Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center located 104 Malcolm X Boulevard between 115th -116th streets. #2 and #3 trains on express IRT lines arrive directly to meeting location.

Start time

09:15 AM

End point

  • Apollo Theater
    253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA

    Tour ends at the world famous Apollo Theater where stars are born and legends are made. The theater is currently closed but he gift shop area in lobby is open. The guide shares wonderful stories about the Apollo Theater and the other historic sites in the area.

What To Expect

Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Apollo Theater

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Place available to leave bags and belongings inside Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center while on tour
  • Place available to use restrooms and charge cell phones and other devices inside Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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48 reviews
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It was fantastic
Eric_W, Nov 2023
Going to the church brought back memories as a youngster, the guide was really cool lighthearted really knew his way around Harlem. I would recommend him again.
Wealth of Knowledge
Fiona_D, Nov 2023
Wonderful Harlem History tour and Gospel experience. Knew many locals and the relevance of the different buildings.
Never again.
Yvonne_D, May 2023
They say Gospel 😱 where. A few guys singing. Don't go here. Find yourself a better. Waste of money.
Fun tour with a local
Anthony_P, Apr 2023
Our local guide Neil was fun to be with. Gave us a good feeling for Harlem and its history, in a fun manner typical of the local culture. The gospel mass was interesting and pleasant, and with the group you get priority and skip the line. There is an element of awareness of the presence of tourists, who are indeed explicitly welcomed, but you get a very good idea of the major role of the church in the community and the mass is authentic. Note: The tour description refers to a light breakfast, which didn’t materialize. Not a problem for us as we had our breakfast before the tour, but worth bearing in mind for planning purposes.
Average and below my expectations
Laura_C, Nov 2022
The gospel mass was very touristic, half of the church were tourists seeing the mass so it was like a show more than a mass
Interesting experience
MMagdalena_R, Aug 2022
Interesting experience to learn a little about Harlem and about the baptist practices. August 7 we could see the annual christening party at the street. Very impressive.
Harlem Insights for All
LaConda_M, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was excellent. He gave a real, enthusiastic and optimistic guide of Harlem. I learned a great deal ad am excited to share. The worship service is exactly what I needed. It lifted my spirits. I would recommend to all. It is well worth the money.
A very enjoyable and informative experience
Alexander_F, Aug 2021
Neal (our tour guide) did an outstanding job delivering, in his unique way, a very informative historical perspective on Harlem. The church gospel experience was very enjoyable as well. Definitely a worth while experience
Harlem through History
Jennifer_C, Jul 2021
The walking tour was a highlight. If the church service with the Gospel Choir hadn't taking so much time--and if there wasn't so much wasted time waiting to start the tour, it would have been even better and we could have seen a lot more.
A very worthwhile tour.
David S, Oct 2019
The tour was led by two people. First, we were met by Andi, a 91 year old gentleman, former actor and historian, who greeted us and gave us an introductory talk, and accompanied us to the church, where we attended the service for about an hour. You can go to such a service on your own, but as a first-timer, it may feel a bit intimidating, and it was nice to have someone in the know accompanying you. (Visitors usually sit on a special balcony, where the rules are less strict than in the main hall, which is called the sanctuary, and you don't have to stay for the full 2.5 hour service). The church was a historically significant one, as we learnt later, but then, those streets are chock full of important history. Next, we were introduced to our tour guide, Neal, a.k.a. Mr Harlem, who led us on a tour of the neighborhood and explained its history, including a walk through the housing projects where he himself grew up. (Andi also accompanied us on the tour, rounding up stragglers.) He accompanied the tour with music, sometimes just while we were walking along, but often with lyrics that he then carefully elucidated to point out their relevance to the area. Neal has a larger-than-life personality and a good speaker, taking care to speak clearly. People passing by kept greeting him and waving, and/or adding their own comments or stories. The tour helped us get the feel of the area and made us like it very much. I feel it was money very well spent to get a much richer experience of the area than we would have on our own. This tour was one of the definite highlights of our trip to New York and I recommend it warmly.
HeloisaHelena_G, Sep 2023
O culto no templo gospel foi emocionante. No programa constava visita ao Heritage Malcon X e café. Não fizemos essa visita. O local parecia abandonado e não foi servido o café.
Messa gospel ad Harlem
La messa gospel ad Harlem è stata molto carina. Pur se i turisti vengono fatti accomodare su di un palco dedicato, l'esperienza è davvero singolare
Guidad tur i Harlem
Charlotta_M, Apr 2023
Incheckningen uteblev. Guiden var försenad, kaffet med lilla frukosten uteblev. Gospeln var en upplevelse men lite för lång predikan. Schemat följdes ej.
Harlem grand nature
Christelle_d, Jun 2022
La devanture du lieu du rendez-vous semblait abandonné, le guide avait du retard...mais nous n'en tenons pas compte car la visite était fort sympathique, le guide disponible et les lieux vus bien choisis
Esperienza da fare
Fabiana_G, Nov 2021
Guida simpatica e molto entusiasta di raccontarci la storia del quartiere. Messa gospel autentica e energica.
una experiencia única!
Excelente tour, excelente el guía local. Una experiencia increíble. Fue la primera misa que se celebraba luego del cierre durante la pandemia.

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