Your guide to Kingston guided tours

By Visit Kingston

Whether you’re an experienced explorer who wants to take the reins or someone who wants to enrich your experience by learning from a guide first-hand – Kingston has a tour for you! Get ready to discover some of Kingston’s most famous locations. Let us know which tour you decide to take.

Great Lakes Museum

55 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

Step aboard the S.S. Keewatin, an Edwardian-era (Titanic-era) steamship now docked at the Great Lakes Museum. Choose between the S.S. Keewatin passenger experience, an exploration of the decks, cabins, and first-class accommodations, or the engine room experience, a journey below deck to get you up close to the four-quadruple steam-powered engines. Each tour varies in length. Information about admission to the museum and tours is located on their website.

Bellevue House

Bellevue House

35 Centre Street, Kingston, ON K7L 4E5

Engage and reflect with a guided tour of the newly re-opened Bellevue House. Guided tours of the grounds and house will explore the complex story of Sir John A Macdonald from various viewpoints. Tours vary in length from 30 minutes to immersive experiences upwards of two hours. Learn more on a guided tour of the site, included in the museum’s price of admission. From more information about Bellevue House tours, please visit their website.

Haunted walk ghost tours

200 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y9

Are you brave enough to learn about Kingston’s spooky and haunted past? Haunted Walk offers three different guided ghost tours: the Original Haunted Walk of Kingston, Ghosts of Fort Henry, and Ghosts of Queen’s University. If you enjoy a good scare, please visit their website to learn more and book a ticket.

Kingston by Bike Tours

21 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

During this three-hour tour, Steve Lawrence will show you many things of natural and cultural interest found in beautiful and historic Kingston, including the Queen’s and Royal Military College campuses, the lakeshore trail, harbours, parks, and prisons. This tour takes a 14-kilometre, relatively flat route at a leisurely pace. Kingston Bike Tours requires 12 hours’ notice for all bookings, so please visit Kingston Bike Tours’ website to reserve your spot.  .


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Sunset sail with Ahoy Rentals

21 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

Have you ever imagined what it would be like gliding along Kingston’s waterfront? The view of beautiful, historic Kingston from the water is a wonderfully unique, exciting perspective. Climb aboard Ahoy Rental’s lovely 26′ sailing sloop and let your skipper take you on a personalized sailing tour of Kingston’s historic waterfront to see why this city is known as the “freshwater sailing capital” of Canada. No sailing experience is required; group size is capped at five. Reserve your group’s sunset sail on their website.

PumpHouse Museum

PumpHouse Museum

23 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

A historic Kingston treasure, PumpHouse is one of North America’s last six remaining water pumping stations. Built in 1850 in response to a devastating fire that swept through the city, Kingston’s first water pumping station operated until 1951. Learn more on a guided tour of the site, included in the museum’s price of admission. For more information about PumpHouse’s tours, please visit their website.

Fort Henry

1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston ON K7K 5G8

Discover Fort Henry this summer and explore its rich history, comprising tales of passion and determination. Once inside the wooden gates, you will be transported to the realm of 19th-century military life. English and French guided tours are offered daily, included in the price of admission. Please visit their website for more information on Fort Henry and admission tickets.

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Kingston Pen Tours

560 King Street W, Kingston, ON K7L 4V7

So much more than just a walk-through, the Kingston Pen is a must-see for anyone interested in criminology, Canadian history, or just unusual places and experiences. Unlock the mystery, learn the history, and go behind the walls of the Kingston Pen on a guided tour. Learn more about tour offerings on their website.

Trolley Tours

Kingston Trolley Tours

209 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1

Ride in style as you explore Kingston on a trolley tour! Kingston Trolley Tours offers the popular City Trolley Tour through downtown, covering all of Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district. Also offered is the Ghost & Mystery Tour, travelling to notable sites and neighbourhoods that played ghostly roles in Kingston’s early history. Both tours allow you to enjoy Kingston’s history and attractions. Book a ticket on Kingston Trolley Tours website.

Kingston Walks: Arthur Milnes Walking Tour

209 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1

Embark on a one-hour guided walking tour with Arthur Milnes, Kingston’s storyteller-in-chief, and journey into a world of Canadian prime ministers, United States presidents, Indigenous leaders, and much more. These tours are available starting every Friday and Saturday, June 30. Check out their website for more information on Arthur himself, ticket prices, and how to book.

Historic City Hall

216 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

Take in Kingston’s City Hall, a National Historic Site, on a guided tour. Gain exclusive access to the 1840s jail cells in the City Hall lockup gallery, the Victoria Library, and the clock tower dome. The tour schedule is being released this summer on the City of Kingston website.

Kingston Food Tours

209 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1

Kingston Food Tours provides a walking tour of Kingston’s hip and historic downtown that blends tastings at our best local restaurants with an insider’s perspective on our city’s history and culture. The Classic Kingston Tour introduces you to Kingston’s history as a premier destination for food. The Tapas Tour uniquely features small tastings paired with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverage at every stop.

Learn more about eating your way through Kingston by visiting their website.

Museum of Health Care

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

32 George Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2V7

Connect to the past and see the future of Canadian health and medicine at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. The museum showcases the history and development of healthcare in Canada, particularly in the Kingston region, offering guided gallery tours and self-guided tours. For a unique opportunity to explore the experiences of health-care professionals and patients over time, please visit their website.

Queen’s University campus tours

Gordon Hall, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2N8

Established in 1841, Queen’s University is one of Canada’s oldest universities, located in Kingston near the shores of Lake Ontario. The best way to get to know Queen’s is through embarking on a campus tour. Explore historic buildings and spend time in distinguished museums, archives, and galleries. Please visit their website to learn more about booking a campus tour.

Frontenac County Schools Museum

414 Regent Street, Kingston, ON K7K 5R1

Go back in time to the good old school days on a guided tour of Frontenac County Schools Museum. The museum is an authentic rural schoolhouse of the early 1900s, with desks and artifacts from old schools that at one time dotted the countryside. Younger visitors can even participate in a short school lesson while on the tour. Please visit their website for more details on guided tours.

Murney Tower Museum

Historic Murney Tower

2 King Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 4V6

Explore the oldest operating museum in Kingston, Murney Tower Museum, on a guided tour. The museum is situated in one of the four Martello Towers of Kingston, built along Lake Ontario in the 1840s as fortifications against attacking ships. The museum connects visitors with Kingston’s military and cultural history. More information on their guided tours is available on their website.

Kingston Walking Tours

Creative Kingston Walking Tours

Explore Kingston’s rich music, literature, and film histories through self-guided walking tours. Discover the music venues where some of Canada’s best bands got their start. Go behind the scenes of films shot here. Visit the places that have inspired award-winning novels. Bring your own earphones and select downtown, west of downtown, or combine both tours to go on an extended tour, ranging in length from 1 to 2.5 hours. Connect directly to these self-guided tours here.