- This tour will take you to the places associated with the Welsh poet’s life in Greenwich Village. You'll see where he stayed, ate, drank, worked and performed, including where he finally died, while giving you a feel for the Village in the 1950s.
Some of the highlights on this 2-hour walking tour of Greenwich Village include:
- St. Luke in the Fields, (Est. 1822) a church built on the water backed by farmland. The first warden Clement Clarke Moore wrote "Twas the Night before Christmas."
- The "Real Village," MacDougal Street, Minetta Lane of the speakeasies, Cafe Wha where Bob Dylan first played professionally. Bleecker Street, The heart & soul of 1960s music with venues such as Kenny's Castaways, The Back Fence, The Bitter End and the former Village Gate.
- Washington Square Park, surrounded by the campus of the largest university population in America, NYU. With a potter's field under foot, the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire site to the East, the great Arch by Stamford White on the North and the oldest tree in the city, Hangman's Elm (circa the 17th century) to the West.
- Patchin Place, built for laborers working on the Brevort Hotel in the 1850s, became the haunt of great writers. Located on a historic gated cul-de-sac featuring an original Shepherd's Crook lamppost, one of the first electric lights on city streets.
- The White Horse Tavern, an 1880's drinking hole for longshoremen with ships tied up nearby that reminded Dylan of his native Swansea dockland. "....out in the hooting bay". A writer's haunt since 1950s and place of pilgrimidge for Dylan devotees, it is still furnished as he last saw it.
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Cash is not accepted.
- Where does the tour begin?
- It starts in the heart of Greenwich Village (aka The West Village). Greenwich Village is easily reached by taxi or subway from anywhere in Manhattan. Exact meeting location details, including a map and subway directions, will be provided to you immediately upon purchasing your E-ticket.
- How long is the tour?
- The standard tour is about 2 hours long, but it can run a bit longer or shorter depending on the size of the group.
- How much walking will we do on the tour?
- The tour is conducted within a generally small area and we walk probably less than one mile in total.
- Where does the tour end?
- The tour ends back where it started in Greenwich Village about 5 blocks away from the starting location.
- Is this tour appropriate for children?
- This is a literary tour and most young children would probably be bored by it. In addition, the subject matter, especially in the context of Thomas's personal life might not be appropriate for children. A mature teenager may enjoy the tour, but it is not recommended for younger children. However, all participants, regardless of age are required to have a full-price ticket in order to attend.
- Is this tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
- The general tour route is wheelchair and stroller friendly. However, please keep in mind that some of the venues we visit are over 150 years old and therefore interior access to all of them may not be possible.
- Are cameras allowed on the tour?
- Yes. There will be many great opportunities for taking memorable photos. Remember to bring your camera.
- Are there restrooms available on the tour?
- We suggest using the restroom before the tour begins, but there are available restrooms along the tour route.
- Are dogs allowed on the tour?
- We are dog lovers and don't have a problem if you would like to bring your dog along for the tour. However, please keep in mind that not all of the venues we stop at are dog-friendly and therefore the dog may not be allowed to enter all of them.
- Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
- New York Fun Tours does not include gratuities in the cost of our tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in New York City is 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great time, please feel free to tip your tour guide.
- Does weather affect the tour?
- All walking tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the tour.
- How should I dress during a tour?
- Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in New York. General Weather Conditions in New York City: January 1st - April 15th - Usually cold and windy (tapering off in April) April 16th - June 15th - Mild temperatures (becoming warmer in June) June 16th - September 15th - Mild to Hot temperatures (usually hot in July and August) Sept 16th - December 31st - Starts off mild and then gets cold during the end of October.
- Are private tours available?
- Yes, if you are interested in setting up a private tour, please click on the "Contact FunTours" link for more information.
- Are there gift certificates available for the tour?
- No, gift certificates are not available for this specific tour but they are available for many of our regularly operating guided tours and make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click “List of all activities” to the left of the page, scroll down to the bottom of the next page, and click “Buy a Gift Certificate”!
- Are your vehicles air-conditioned?
- Yes! All of the vehicles used for our tours have air-conditioning for the summer months and heating for the winter months.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- All attendees must have a ticket.
- Children are not recommended due to the content of the tour, but please note that regardless of age all participants must have a full priced ticket to attend.
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