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San Francisco City Guides

San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
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Amazing tours, completely free

We did the Japanese Tea Garden tour in Golden Gate Park. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melanie L
via mobile
Time well spent - history come alive

We more or less stumbled into Ken Becker's tour of the magnificent Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jerry N
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San Diego
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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.
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  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nob hill” (49 reviews)
“free walking” (24 reviews)
“public library” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
Civic Center
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"nob hill"
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"free walking"
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"public library"
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"volunteer guides"
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"walking tour"
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"fairmont hotel"
in 19 reviews
"city scapes and public places"
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"the japanese tea garden"
in 29 reviews
"run by volunteers"
in 7 reviews
"non profit organization"
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"alfred hitchcock"
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"donations accepted"
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"gold rush"
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"tours offered"
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"highly recommend these tours"
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"historic market street"
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"two hours"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Japanese Tea Garden tour in Golden Gate Park. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, even had illustrations with her to add to the stories she was telling us. I highly recommend checking out their many available tours for both visitors and locals!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We more or less stumbled into Ken Becker's tour of the magnificent Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. We were staying at the hotel and planning to explore on our own when Ken mistook us for members of the tour he was going to be doing....More

Thank Jerry N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the tour of the murals inside a big building (which I can't remember the name of now). Our guide was brilliant - he was passionate about the topic and was delighted to answer questions. The tour took about an hour and twenty minutes,...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

Found these guys and did all the tours I could, brilliant. The guides were amazing especially the one who did the Hitchcock tour. They didn't just roll it off like a script they really knew about the city so could talk about ares not related...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

I'm not sure why these great tours are only rated down around number 54 of all the tours in San Francisco. Maybe because they are run by volunteers and not hyped up like the tours run at a profit. Look up their program of tours...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

A fellow traveler told us about the San Francisco Library sponsoring free walking tours. If you go to Google and type: “Free Walking Tours, San Francisco” you will come across the program. There are a number of tours to select from like the “Golden Gate...More

Thank Marty B
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Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

Did the Fairmont hotel tour with a friend recently. Ken Barker was our truly engaging and entertaining tour guide. Knew his stuff, had fun visuals to enhance the stories. I learned so much! Highly recommend! Easy to walk and mo hills since it is indoors.

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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I took this tour back in February 2018 , while it wasn't raining, it was quite cold with the wind. Bob the guide is knowledgeable about City Hall, and pointed out various small pieces of information that are interesting. He was also able to spew...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

The tours vary from good to great with most being closer to great. Why? The topics are fascinating (it's San Francisco); the guides are very well-trained, know their stuff, and are excellent narrators. The SF City Guides is non-profit, with 70 guides and a paid...More

Thank Jupiter224
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We found out about the San Francisco City Guides via a guidebook. This group originated with the SF city library and offers 70+ tours, covering a wide swath of the city and many topics. We did an hour-long session on the Ferry Building, which focuses...More

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Nearby
Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things
government and performance-related in the city.
Although its streets are best walked during daytime,
numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to
one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz
center offer year round entertainment within the
shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold
tipped dome of City Hall.
...More
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Food1363
September 18, 2017|
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Response from SFCityGuides | Property representative |
Hello! SF City Guides offers over 60 different walking tours, all of which meet in the specific neighborhood that you will be learning about. See a complete listing of our walks at our website by googling: San Francisco... More
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Pamela W
July 5, 2017|
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Response from Trainbook | Reviewed this property |
I would call them and ask them which tours might be good for you.
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Brooke R
December 9, 2016|
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Response from ocsailor | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of homeless but for the most part they don't bother the tourist to much. I took a tour that started on the steps of the library, the guide pointed out all the used needles between the concrete steps. With... More
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