San Francisco

San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco, USA
The Castro Historical Walking Tour of San Franciscos Gay and Lesbian District
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, as well as the Harvey Milk Plaza
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project and the Pink Triangle Memorial Park
  • Visit the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 400 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

    We meet at SOUL CYCLE, 400 Castro Street, which is on the corner of Castro & Market Streets. Look up for the BIG Rainbow Flagpole next to it.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

  • 400 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

What To Expect

Meet your local guide for the walking tour of the iconic Castro neighborhood. Visit the historic Castro Theatre, with its Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture, and learn about how the district got its name. 

Walk on to visit several historical sites related to Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist and famous San Francisco resident. See his home, his photo shop and the campaign headquarters for his political activities.

See the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the AIDS Quilt Names Project, and the Human Rights Campaign.

This moving, empowering and informative tour will give you authentic insight into San Francisco's history as center for LGBT rights and activism. Public walkways are all wheelchair accessible.

The Castro

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Harvey Milk Plaza

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours operate rain or shine
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • 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 2 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • 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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573 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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The Best Tour in San Francisco
Joel_G, May 2024
This is our second time in 8 years taking this tour of the Castro with Kathy and this time was equally as amazing as the previous. A truly impassioned tour guide providing local knowledge and history in a no-nonsense manner. Kathy is friendly and takes a genuine interest in her tour companions. The tour is a must do whenever visiting San Francisco.
Walk through the Castro!
Huston_D, Aug 2023
Great tour of the Castro and all it's history! Kathy did an amazing job of bringing the history, culture and biology of the LGBTQ+ community. A very pleasant stroll through the neighborhood highlighted by Harvey Milk and other community contributions. Definitely recommend!
Learn your history!
Kurtis_L, May 2023
The tour covered a bit of everything. The tour guide made you care about queer history. This was the second time I took the tour (last time was 14 years ago) and it was cool to see the changes to the community, like the placards in the sidewalk about historical queer people. Very much recommend!
Perfect Tour with Perfect Guide
Kim_A, Apr 2023
Kathy was an amazing guide and this tour was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and is very involved in the community so she could add a more personal perspective. She was kind, compassionate, intelligent, and funny. She was super generous with her time and made an effort to get to know everyone on the tour. Our teenager loved it as well and was super engaged and left feeling inspired. Truly a great experience and we’d do it again.
Great tour!
Kevin_B, Dec 2022
Kathy was very knowledgeable and showed us a lot of Castro’s history and culture. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
The Loving Castro Neighborhood
Mark_Z, Dec 2022
Fantastic Tour of the Castro and the LGBTQ+ community. Kathy was great showing us the history, memorials and art of the LGBTQ+ community in the Castro. She was knowledgeable, passionate and excited to share her community with us. I highly recommend this tour!
Great tour with a great guide
Michael_G, Sep 2022
Kathy was just amazing with her knowledge and stories and information. Highly reccomend her tour of the Castro.
Amazing lgbt tour of the castros many great spots and gems and informative history
Felicya_p, Sep 2022
All the history and hidden gems of the castro . The tour guide was so informative and friendly. Also, the group felt very close and familiar to the point that at the end it felt sad to leave and part ways.
A top quality tour
Anne_H, Sep 2022
Kathy was brilliant - very knowledgeable and interesting and also genuinely interested in helping us all understand the significance of what she was explaining to each of us personally- very good value for money - great job Kathy :-)
Great Tour!
John_M, Aug 2022
Kathy is exceptionally knowledgeable. I appreciated learning history, art, and culture of the diverse Castro community. I feel I have a deeper understanding of the Castro and my own personal history and experience!
10/10 experience!!
Haley_R, Jul 2022
This tour was absolutely the highlight of my trip to San Francisco!! My girlfriend and I came to SF for the first time to meet my family for a family vacation, and we decided to break away for a morning to take this tour. Kathy was a wonderful tour guide, and an inspirational figure to both me and my girlfriend. She was funny, informative, and motivational in her talks about how we all need to be active in our fights to make the world a better, safer place for all. We learned a lot and enjoyed all of the places we went on the tour. And the cherry on top was the woman who proposed to her girlfriend at the end of the tour!! I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone :)
Best tour!
Jenny_M, Jul 2022
Kathy was amazing! She was so kind and knowledgable. I learned so much on the tour and met a lot of great people. This is a 'do not miss' for sure!
Great historical review of city's LGBTQ+
Gwendolyn_K, Jun 2022
The art work along the outside wall of Harvey Milk Academy for elementary school children was awesome.
David_H, May 2022
Kathy was a very good tour guide. Very knowledgeable and most of what she told us was from experience which made it very personal. We learned lots. Thank you 😊
Wonderful experience
Kurtis_J, Mar 2022
Very knowledgeable and a fantastic experience. I really liked Kathy and thought she was accommodating to my 4 year old.
Best walking tour
blehman, Jan 2022
Kathy is a bona fide member of the community and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Castro and LGBT history. Great political perspective too.
Love the gayborhood
Richard_L, Aug 2021
Kathy was a great guide! Fun to see the neighborhood and learn its history from someone who lives in and loves it.
stephanpeters49, Feb 2020
Very informative, full of history and passion. Great job, Kathy. Lots of Harvey milk memorials......
Fantastic Guide, Fantastic Tour
Austin_J, Jan 2020
The guide was incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and enlightening. I learned so much more about the LGBT movement in San Francisco than I knew. I was the only person on the tour and she still held it and took the time to show me all the places of interest and took the time to get to know me as well. Highly recommend.
Passionate host made it memorable
Zoe_B, Oct 2019
Fantastic tour, not too much walking , full of history and great euthusiastic humorous passionate host

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