Information about upcoming docent-led tours can be found on our Events page. Click here for more information.
In addition to our docent-led walking tours, you can take our two self-guided walking tours any time.
Preservation Worcester and the Worcester Public Library have produced a self-guided walking tour of City Hall, Worcester Common, and the area surrounding the Common, which highlight the history and architecture of the Common and the heart of Dowtown. Click here to access the information, maps and audio files for Preservation Worcester's self-guided tour of Worcester Common.
This walking tour is made possible by a generous grant from the Worcester Arts Council.
Click here to access the information, maps and audio files for Preservation Worcester's self-guided tour of the Blackstone Canal District in Worcester.
Preservation Worcester can schedule walking or bus tours that highlight the city’s architectural and historical treasures for you or your group. These tours offer a unique experience for visitors and natives of Worcester alike and are available by appointment. They make a perfect way to introduce visitors to the history of the city, or to treat employees or social groups to a unique outing.
You can select from neighborhood tours below, or speak with us about the possibility of creating a tour geared to your unique interests.
Worcester Common and City Hall
Stand where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776 for the first time in New England. See the glorious interior of our grand 1898 City Hall. Learn how our Common has served as public open space and the site of municipal government from the 18th century to today. See the 18th century gravestones in the old Common burial ground and find out about the various monuments on the grounds.
Main Street: From Mechanics Hall to City Hall
Walk along Main Street in the heart of downtown Worcester and learn about the buildings, old and new, that make up the streetscape. Learn how Main Street and its architecture have changed over time as one of the city’s oldest routes of travel was transformed from village street to urban thoroughfare.
Walk around Lincoln Square and learn how it has changed since the first Worcester County Courthouse was built here in 1732. Find out why some of the city’s finest buildings stand in this section of the city today. See where the1772 Georgian style Salisbury Mansion once stood and take a look at it today.
Bancroft Heights: The Green Oasis of the Massachusetts Avenue Neighborhood
Walk through this comfortable residential neighborhood, home since the turn of the 20th century to some of Worcester’s most influential families. In this parklike setting, enjoy architect-designed houses in the Colonial Revival, Shingle, Renaissance Revival, Tudor, and Arts and Crafts styles typical of this period.
Take a walk through this tree-shaded, late-19th-early-20th-century residential neighborhood. Learn about how industrial prosperity pushed development west of Park Avenue during this period and see the large Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts style houses built for important Worcester families.
Elm and Cedar Streets
Promenade along Elm and Cedar Streets and view the many impressive, architect-designed buildings wrought by colorful owners who spared no expense to indulge in architectural excess. Hear about the professionals, industrialists and community leaders who called this neighborhood home.
For groups of ten or more: $5.00 per person
For groups of fewer than ten: $50.00 per tour
If you are interested in pricing or booking a tour for a group, please contact Preservation Worcester at 508-754-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our one hour-long bus tour is specifically designed to showcase Worcester, her architecture and history, and her future. Discover the leading role Worcester played in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New England, as we begin with Worcester, a shire town in the hinterlands, and follow her remarkable journey to a present day leadership role in hte biomedical and technology fields. Even a long-time resident will learn something new and interesting.
Participants are responsible for providing the transportation.
Information is subject to change without notice.