San Diego

San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour

San Diego, USA
Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Fans of true crime won't want to miss this tour of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Your guide will take you through the area formerly known as Stingaree, telling you the back stories of some gruesome crimes that have taken place over the years, with a stop to visit a haunted hotel along the way.
  • Learn about the Gaslamp Quarter’s dark past
  • A local guide will show you around
  • Visit a historic haunted hotel
  • Group sizes capped at 25 travelers

What's Included

  • Guided Tour
  • Gratuities
  • Parking Fees

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 614 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

    Look for the detective outside the door marked 614, next to Henry's Pub. Please do not enter Henry's Pub unless you are dining there.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Horton Grand Hotel (Pass By)

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (Pass By)

The Old Spaghetti Factory (Pass By)

Henry's Pub (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 20 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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198 reviews
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Making history fun!
Annie_T, Apr 2024
We loved our guide! She was fun, informative and genuinely interested in all she was talking about. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and it was fun to walk around the area, learning some of the history and spooky stories.
Fun experience and great tour guide
Leila_H, Mar 2024
Our tour was great! No spoilers, but the stories were super interesting and loved touring the city. Our guide was awesome! She brought the tour to like and we all had a few laughs along the way! She was great and I highly recommend the tour for anyone looking to kick off an evening in the Gaslamp Quarter. Another great factor is once the tour is gone, you’re right there on the bar streets where all the action is! 10/10 would recommend.
Not worth the money
Jim_R, Feb 2024
Did not enjoy this tour. The person leading the tour was very nice, but it was hard to hear with the background noises of being in a downtown area. Just not what I was expecting!
Great tour
Daniel_K, Dec 2023
Had an entertaining tour around the Gaslamp District with Luna! Historical and crime-based stories intertwined and was a great experience.
Waste of time and money
Tim_P, Oct 2023
This tour was a waste of $60. Not only could you not hear the tour guide because she wouldn’t use the microphone but there was very little info given on the tour.
Great tour.
Michael_C, Oct 2023
Tour guide was excellent. Gave very detailed accounts of various gory murders. Total tour time was just over 1:20 thru main streets of San Diego’s gas lamp district. Recommended.
Walk on your own
Elizabeth_V, Oct 2023
Terrible. The gal who ran our tour struggled to maintain the story line of the true crime. She was nice but complained about her ADHD most of the 60 minutes. I am an educator by trade, so the history was important to me, but difficult to follow. I have used VIATOR 20 times all over the world and this was the worst.
Spooky San Diego!
Rachael_W, Sep 2023
Had a great evening getting spooky in San Diego! My guide was fun, knowledgeable and engaging, making for an enjoyable evening out downtown.
Great way to learn about the dramatic incidents of the past and see the sights.
Jan_A, Sep 2023
Luna our tour guide was great and had an excellent knowledge of the characters and crimes of the area. Great way to get to know the Gaslamp area and what happened in the past and recent times.
I’d recommend to anyone interested in crime and history.
Greta_G, Aug 2023
Luna was a great guide, she is funny and our attention was glued on her every word. A terrific way to learn the history of the Gaslight district of San Diego and get in a little exercise.
Toi_M, Aug 2023
Our guide was knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history. However, we were very disappointed on the type of tour this was. We were expecting this to be more muster mystery interactive tour where we had the chance to solve a case. Please include that in the description.
A fun little evening….
William_W, Aug 2023
A nice walking tour around the gaslamp quarter learning about the history of the area and some murders. Fans of true crime stories would enjoy this tour. Luna our guide was great. Also, customer service was awesome as we had an unforeseen late cancellation of one of our group and they refunded us the price of that ticket.
True Crime Fan? Must Do!
Anthony_R, Aug 2023
Daniel was our tour guide and did an excellent job placing us at the crime/murder scene and provided full details of what occurred. Perfect date for those who love true crime. Highly recommend this tour!
Great crimectour
Debra_F, Aug 2023
I loved how he would start by giving us some clues before revealing the crime. He would also give us some history of the buildings and sites.
It was ok but never again
Gloria_M, Jul 2023
This was good to say “We did something different “ but unfortunately did not enjoy the tour guide.. She had corny jokes and it didn’t quite turn out to be exactly what I thought it was going to be, more like a history lesson vs. crime seens.
Fun Evening
Jennifer_O, Jul 2023
This tour is very informative and fun. You get to see the places that the action happened and the tour guide is really informative and entertaining!
Past and Present together
Marci_M, Jun 2023
We enjoyed the experience. There was historical facts and crimes, as well as, modern day crimes. Our detective was very knowledgeable and included his personal experiences which gave it a more real feeling.
Layla was knowledgeable,...
Sarah_K, Jun 2023
Layla was knowledgeable, kind, and funny. It was a nice walk around town and great information. It's a must do for true crime fans.
We had an amazing time...
maurice_h, Jun 2023
We had an amazing time with the murder n mayhem walking tour. Our tour guide who was a nice lady did an amazing job. I’m sad I forgot her name because she truly was awesome.
Over promised and underdelivered
Nathan_W, May 2023
Guide was over rehearsed which led to a very choppy and awkward delivery. Content wasn’t super interesting.

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