Alexandria the Great Tours

Alexandria The Great Tours offers Historic daily and private tours of Old Town Alexandria.

Embark on a fascinating historic walking tour in Old Town Alexandria and step back in time. As you stroll along cobblestone streets, expert guides will lead you through well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture, regaling stories of the city’s intriguing past. Admire the elegant rowhouses and visit iconic landmarks like Gadsby’s Tavern, once a popular stop for historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Explore the Carlyle House, a witness to the tumultuous French and Indian War. The tour also includes visits to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, offering an artistic twist to the journey. Uncover the charm and heritage of this enchanting neighborhood on this immersive historic walking tour.

Looking for a Historic Walking tour this Spring/Summer? Quick book here. We offer private tours as well here. For Groups of 10+ email
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Single Ticket?
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  • Stop in the Visit Center (221King St)
Large Group

We often handle groups of 30+ for both corporate and social events.

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Why Alx Tours?

We specialize in the history of Alexandria and tell a great story about our historic town.

Get to know Historic Old Town Alexandria

Historic Alexandria, located on the banks of the Potomac River in Virginia, is a captivating city with a storied past dating back to the colonial era. Founded in 1749 by Scottish merchants, the city’s history is interwoven with significant events in American history, making it a treasure trove of heritage and culture.One of the most iconic landmarks in Historic Alexandria is Gadsby’s Tavern.

Established in the late 18th century, this tavern played host to prominent figures like George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Visitors can step back in time and experience the ambiance of a bygone era while enjoying a meal in the same rooms where the Founding Fathers once gathered.

The Carlyle House, a grand Georgian mansion, is another highlight of the city’s history. Built in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle, it was a center of social and political life during the colonial period. The house witnessed significant events, including the intense negotiations during the French and Indian War. Today, the Carlyle House stands as a museum, offering a glimpse into the life of the city’s early inhabitants.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is a unique attraction in Historic Alexandria. Originally a naval munitions factory during World War II, it has been transformed into an art center housing multiple studios for local artists. Visitors can watch artists at work, browse and purchase their creations, and immerse themselves in Alexandria’s contemporary artistic scene.Historic Alexandria’s charm extends to its well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture, particularly along King Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. Strolling down the cobblestone streets, visitors encounter a mix of charming boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and pubs housed in historic buildings.

The ambiance reflects the city’s commitment to preserving its architectural heritage and unique character.Beyond the architectural delights, Historic Alexandria offers a plethora of museums, including the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, which showcases a fascinating collection of medicines, herbs, and equipment from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The city also boasts a strong African-American heritage, as evidenced by places like the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, which pays tribute to African-Americans who escaped slavery during the Civil War.In conclusion, Historic Alexandria is a captivating destination for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and anyone seeking a taste of America’s colonial and early national eras. Its well-preserved landmarks, architectural gems, and vibrant cultural scene make it a must-visit location, offering a unique blend of the past and present in a beautiful and welcoming setting.

About Us

Started in 2020, Alexandria the Great Tours has 3 licensed guides with over 50 years of experience providing guide tours of Old Town Alexandria. We offer tours daily.

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(703) 302-0469