Discovery. Education. Entertainment.

Our walking tours are available seven days a week, March through October, while step-on services are available year-round. Click on the menus below for expanded information on tours, and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

STEP-ON SERVICES: For those who have a bus, but need a guide.

Step-On Services

Have a bus? But need a guide? We’re here for you. Whether you’d like a bus tour of a particular area, or a narration of your journey on the way to your next destination, NTC provides step-on guide services for all motor coach and bus tours of Hampton Roads.

Step-on tours of particular areas can be discussed at time of booking. Just let us know what you’d like to see, and we’ll make it happen! Email us to book or for more information.

Step-On Pricing:

Flat rate of $350 for up to 4 hours; $75/hr. every hour after that.

ARCHITECTURE: Old Churches, Urban Design, Theater

Architecture

Old Churches of Downtown

Downtown sure has some beautiful churches. Take the Epworth United Methodist Church, for example, a colossal stone church built in 1895, which has 22 stained glass windows, including two produced by Tiffany Glass. Cool, right? We’ll walk through Downtown Norfolk, visiting four different churches, and marvel at the intersection of religion and engineering. (2 hours)

Architecture + History

This tour is a one-two punch! Norfolk Tour Company partners with Thom White, principal at Work Program Architects, to provide a fun, educational tour that couples the stories of intrigue behind prominent Downtown Norfolk buildings and businesses with their engineering and architectural underpinnings. (90 minutes)

Theaters

Using a series of visual aids and historic documents, we reconstruct the glamorous history of some of Downtown Norfolk’s most beautiful theaters, many of which succumbed to either fire or redevelopment efforts in the past century. (90 minutes)

HISTORY: War in Norfolk, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Norfolk Scandals

History

Industry of Yore

Downtown used to be a hub of commercial markets, factories, breweries, fish houses, and railroad depots. Walk through the ages as we visit former sites of industry and uncover Norfolk’s transformation into a modern metropolis.

War in Norfolk

In this tour, we’ll explore wartime destruction of downtown, the effects returning soldiers had on the city after WWI, secret confederate hideouts, how the city’s maritime and naval histories have shaped its modern image. This tour can be focused on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, or WWI.

Early Norfolk Families

Let’s talk about the industrious, visionary men and women who helped build the city’s foundation. We will visit sites in Downtown that mark extraordinary events in the city’s history, including the Moses Myers House, former site of Little Tazewell’s house, and more.

Norfolk Scandals

Although this tour is safe, its content is dangerous! On this tour we will uncover true stories of embezzlement and arson, red light districts and robberies. Join as we stroll through Downtown and discover some of Norfolk’s unsavory past!

General History of Downtown Norfolk

An overview of Downtown Norfolk’s rise as a sleepy port town, to the “Wickedest city in America,” to its recent urban revitalization.

Random Mashup

If you’re indecisive, we’re here for you! A Norfolk Tour Company guide will select a handful of their favorite sites and surprise you with a grab bag excursion. Be prepared for an eclectic mix; you never know what you’re going to get!

NEIGHBORHOODS: Mowbray Arch, Freemason, Ghent

Neighborhoods

Mowbray Arch

Mowbray Arch, constructed in 1891, contains some of the oldest and most ornate Victorian homes in Norfolk. Join us as we discuss the people who built these homes while exploring this stunning, one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

Freemason

Considered Downtown Norfolk’s “first suburb,” parts of this neighborhood were first developed in the late 18th century. Freemason boasts cobblestone streets, ornate mansions, charming gardens, quaint shops, waterfront views, and links Norfolk’s genteel past with its modern urban core. We’ll discuss the Freemason neighborhood’s history, its name, a few mysteries, and find out what makes this area so darn attractive.

Norfolk Waterfront

This tour will start behind Waterside and meander along the edge of the Elizabeth River. We will stroll through Town Point Park, Nauticus, the Pagoda Gardens, the Freemason marina, and then to the Hague, as we discuss what developments on the waterfront looked like centuries ago.

Ghent

Built at the height of influential Victorian aesthetics, the Ghent neighborhood is replete with ornate homes, elegant parks and boulevards, unique neighborhood planning, and of course, tree-lined streets. We’ll walk by some of the quirkiest houses and secret hideaways as we explore this charming neighborhood.

PUBLIC ART: NEON District, Downtown Norfolk Art

Public Art

NEON District

The NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) is Norfolk’s first art district, an enclave of public sculpture, large wall murals, interactive art, festivals, creatives, performances, and quirky buildings. We’ll discuss the street art, the artists, the neighborhood, its past, and what’s coming up next. We also offer free NEON tours to the public once a month, April through October, courtesy of Downtown Norfolk Council.

Downtown Norfolk Art

Distinct from tours of the NEON District, our Downtown Norfolk Art tours explore the city center’s public art, focusing on the sculptures and art galleries, performance venues and art schools that pepper Downtown Norfolk.

Walking Tours Pricing

Norfolk Tour Company offers privately scheduled, guided walking tour experiences for $25 per person. Discounts are available for large groups, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Please contact us to book a tour or if you have any questions. We’ll get back to you soon.

Make the Most of Your Tour

  • Tours are typically an hour long, but we can always adjust the duration. Just let us know what you’d like and we’ll make it happen.
  • We will be standing or walking outside for most of the tours, so please dress accordingly.
  • Each tour begins at a different location, and we’d be happy to discuss the best parking and meet-up options during the booking process.
  • Please visit our Policies page for more information on payment, inclement weather, and cancellations.
  • "Informative, educational, and entertaining you won't be disappointed in taking one of their tours. From Norfolk's historical happenings of yesteryear to the new additions of art in the Neon District his multifaceted talents blend to bring the best tours around."

    Brittany
    Brittany October 2018
  • "Josh gives the best and most comprehensive tours. He knows the ins and outs of local happenings and history."

    Liz
    Liz
  • "We've taken educational tours of the historic Elmwood Cemetery, exhibits at the Chrysler Museum, fun tours of the new NEON District, and we always have a great time. If you're looking for a good time with your friends, or if you're a teacher and would like your class to learn more about local history or the arts, then check out these tours. As a parent, I can attest that my kids love the tours as well."

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