We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

San Francisco City Guides

100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415-557-4266
Website
Update attraction details
As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #22 of 284 activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of... more » Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours. « less
Write a Review

155 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    142
    8
    3
    0
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Perth
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It was a fun and cheap way to spend a few hours. We went on the Chinatown tour. The guide was knowledgeable about the history of the area, and entertaining. I would recommend going to the toilet before you start the tour. It goes for about 2 hours without any breaks. Don't forget to tip!

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Christine Giordano was a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. It's clear she loves this city and loves sharing its history with newcomers. No RSVP required, completely free, and it's even okay to leave early if you like.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arlington, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I did the Fisherman's Wharf tour with Moira, and I loved it. Yeah, it was more sitting than I would have appreciated, but it was so informative and interesting. I got more of an appreciation for the area, and I was able to share my newfound knowledge with those that I met over the weekend. My guide was super-knowledgable and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We have done several of the City Guide walks. Firstly let me say they are a wonderful organisation. The walks are free (a donation envelope is passed around at the end) and there is a huge choice of walks to join. We have done the Ferry Building, The Japanese Tea Garden, China Town, The Palace of Fine Arts and today... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I took four city guide tours and all were excellent and very informative. You not only get to known the neighbourhoods and their history, but also the nicest restaurants, etc etc The guides are very knowledgeable.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Collins
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Found out about these online - figured for free (donations welcome) we couldn't have much to lose but seeing it was supported by the library gave us hope it wouldn't be terrible. We did the Golden Gate bridge tour with Robin and she was super!! She did a great job with the tour, was very friendly and spend a lot... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were in SF for just a few short days (my husband, college age daughter and myself) and were looking for a self-guided walking tour but came across the SF City Guides. These are free (they are associated with the Library and do ask for a donation to the City Guides organization if you like) and we were so very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

What a great organisation! Volunteers give free walking tours (donations accepted to maintain their website) just because they love their city! I did two tours, one of the Ferry Building and one of the Golden Gate Bridge. It really enhanced my appreciation of both those sites, hearing all about the history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

What a terrific service City Guides provides! We took a Golden Gate Bridge tour with a terrific guide. She used to be a middle school teacher, so was interested in engaging the younger participants as well as the grown-ups. She was full of interesting tidbits and seemed to very much enjoy her (volunteer) job. Thanks for the tour!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Recently went on Billionaire's Row tour with guide Eric Jost. Eric was very knowledgeable and professional; he knew so many interesting tidbits. What a beautiful area!! We've been on about 8 SF city guide tours and they've all been great (SOMA architecture tour not quite up to par). These tours are a terrific way to learn about SF!!!! Just live... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed San Francisco City Guides also viewed

 

Been to San Francisco City Guides? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage San Francisco City Guides, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing