Tour Overview

Starting Location: 1376 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA (outside the Main Harvard Red Line Subway Station at the Cambridge Information Booth)

Ending Location: 57 JFK Street, Cambridge MA (The Harvard Shop)

Cost: $12 per adult when you book online. Seniors, children and students are $10.50 per person when booking online. Walk-up tickets are $12 per person.

Language: Our tours are led in English. For those who do not speak English we also provide complimentary written translations in Spanish, French and Mandarin which allow customers to read along during the tour.

Tour Times: 7 days a week, year-round. See our tour Calendar in the menu bar for official tour times.

Tour Length (time): About 70 minutes

Tour Length (distance): Less than one mile

Transportation Options:

  • We suggest taking the Subway or a cab. If you drive in the closest parking is an outdoor lot at 50 Church Street, Cambridge MA

Tour Details

The Hahvahd Tour:

Harvard student guides greet you right in Harvard Square. The tour is scripted to be an entertaining, theatrical experience - you'll have fun learning about Harvard! Our tours are led in English. For those who do not speak English we also provide complimentary written translations in Spanish, French and Mandarin which allow customers to read along during the tour.

Harvard Main Tour Stops Include:

  • Harvard Yard - including Old Yard and New Yard
  • Historic Buildings - Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, The Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon
  • The famous John Harvard Statue
  • Surrounding Neighborhood of Harvard Square - including the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt. Auburn Street

Tour Themes Include:

  • Harvard History - including the untold stories and lore of Harvard University
  • Harvard Culture - stories and tips from current students about what it's like to live and study at Harvard
  • Famous Harvardians - learn about the most famous people to attend Harvard

Harvard Tour Guides:

Tour guides are current Harvard undergraduate students, graduate students and Harvard alumni.

Organizations

Proud Partner of
  • HSBA
  • The Harvard Shop
  • GBCVB
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • The COOP
  • Greater Bosotn Concierge Association
  • The Harvard Store

FAQ's

Please Describe Your Tour

The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular walking tour of Harvard University. Guided by current Harvard undergrads, it is a 70-minute historic tour of Harvard Yard and the surrounding neighborhood of Harvard Square. Entertaining and educational, the Hahvahd Tour is in its 11th year of operation. It receives consistent praise from guests and major media outlets!

Where does the tour start?

Our tour starts directly outside the main Harvard Red Line Subway Station. The closest street address is 1376 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138. Our managers and signs are easy to spot next to the Cambridge Information Kiosk and the historic Out of Town News Kiosk.

How much does the tour cost?

Tickets booked online cost $12 per adult, $10.50 per senior or student, $10.50 per child (12 or under). If you do not reserve tickets ahead of time, tickets cost $12 per person on site.

How do I make a reservation?

To book and print tickets online, please visit our Booking Page. From there, you can select your tour time, the amount of guests in your party, pay by credit card, and print out your tickets right at home.

Why should I reserve online?

When you reserve online, you save on the walk-up price! Also, you receive your ticket in advance, saving you time on the day of the tour. When booking online you receive advance tour instructions, and gain peace of mind in your planning.

What is included on the tour?

Our walking tour of Harvard is a 70 minute adventure led by a Harvard Student. The tour is partly-scripted to be a theatrical, entertaining performance! Tour themes include Harvard History, Insider Information & Famous Harvardians. The tour covers major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, Widener Library, Memorial Church, Harvard Lampoon, and the historic Winthrop Park.

What is your relationship with Harvard?

Founded in 2006 by Harvard Alumni, we are a private company that employs over 50 Harvard students per year. We are an official partner of Harvard Student Agencies, The Harvard COOP and The Harvard Museum of Natural History. We provide tours for nearly every Harvard graduate school. Our founder sits as a Board Member with the Harvard Square Business Association. We are proud to serve Harvard.

Who leads our tours?

Our tour guides are current Harvard Students! When you join our tour, you’re getting the inside scoop from someone who knows the ins and outs of Harvard University. As current students, our guides are a resource to guests who want to learn more about the Harvard experience.

How far will I walk on the tour?

The tour route is less than one mile. We walk at a leisurely pace through campus.

Is the tour handicap accessible?

Yes, the terrain of the tour route is handicap accessible at nearly every stop. If someone in your party has a disability, please contact us before the tour and we will do our best to serve you. We cannot provide wheelchairs on site.

Are there places to sit on the tour?

Yes, at the halfway point, the group will be given an opportunity to sit outside the doors of the famous Widener Library.

Are tours ever canceled due to inclement weather?

We operate rain or shine from March 1 - Nov 15. During severe thunderstorms with lightning our public walking tours do close for the safety and comfort of our guests. Don’t worry - storms never last long in New England!

Is this a tour for prospective students?

Yes, in fact, National Public Radio has called the Hahvahd Tour “the real deal” for prospective students. However, it is important to note that we are not the Harvard Admissions tour. We encourage all prospective students to visit the admissions office at some point on their visit to Harvard. While our tour is geared toward guests of all ages from across the globe, prospective students can gain a lot of insight about the University and Harvard culture. Your guide is a current student and is happy to answer your questions!

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes! Our tour is scripted to entertain both adults and children. AAA Magazine called us “great for families!” We strive to serve guests of all ages, and families really enjoy our friendly, interactive tour guides!

Does the tour go inside any buildings?

The Hahvahd Tour does not tour the interior of the buildings. We show our guests all the key highlights of the Harvard campus, leaving time to absorb the rich history and lore given at each stop. To go inside buildings consider booking a private tour through our parent company Trademark Tours

When are tours running?

Tours are offered 7 days a week, Year-Round. Typically tours run between 10am - 4pm, from March - November, and on a limited schedule from December - February. Please view our current schedule.

Is there parking?

There is limited street parking in the area, but there are several parking garages close to our tour. Here is a link to what is available for parking garages. We suggest taking public transportation if and when possible.

Have your tours been reviewed?

Our tours have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes Magazine, AAA and the History Channel. We have a Yelp page, and we are considered the #1 Tour in Cambridge according to Trip Advisor.

Do you offer private tours?

Our parent company, Trademark Tours, deals exclusively with private group events at Harvard University, the MIT Campus, and the City of Boston. If you would like more information regarding private tours and events, please visit www.trademarktours.com