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San Francisco City Guides

San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
+1 415-557-4266
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San Francisco City Guides is one of the gems of the city, they offers many free walking tours of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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On my fifth visit to sf I discovered San Francisco city guides, and boy am I glad I did! These guys... read more

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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
Civic Center
+1 415-557-4266

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Reviewed 4 days ago

San Francisco City Guides is one of the gems of the city, they offers many free walking tours of the city such as: *Golden gate bridge *Chinatown *Fisherman's Wharf *South of Market Architecture stroll *Japanese Tea Garden *City Hall and the Civic Center and many,...More

Thank Redshirts889
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On my fifth visit to sf I discovered San Francisco city guides, and boy am I glad I did! These guys are volunteers and don't accept personal tips (there is a pay what you feel situation but it all goes back into training and other...More

Thank Elebel82
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took two walking tours when we were visiting, the 1906 Earthquake and the tour about Russian Hill. It's a "free" tour where the guides are volunteers, but well trained and knowledgable, and they bring history alive for visitors. Donations are welcomed, but there is...More

Thank Barrbrown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Silent Films tour which was about the silent movies made in San Fransisco and their stars. Our guide, Rory was very knowledgeable and his passion and humour allowed us to see the areas through different eyes. I am no silent film buff...More

Thank sparklinggrace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sf City Guides are volunteers who love the San Francisco they know and want to share it with visitors. They offer free walking tours all over the city, incorporating history, architecture, food, art and nature in many of the tours. The volunteers write their own...More

Thank Veronica K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know why these guys are behind the other walking tour companies, they were absolutely spectacular. The tour guides are all volunteers and are all passionate and well read on arts and history. I did the Nob Hill tour as well as the Coit...More

Thank Emilyxshao
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cannot over praise this service. Ken and Tonya (our guides) were excellent. POPOS stands for Privately owned public open spaces - and it was fascinating. None of my SF resident cousins were aware of this city concept which is well worth the experience. The Nob...More

Thank M-moate
Reviewed 21 May 2017

These - and many many more free tours - are conducted by very knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers, under the auspices of the S.F. Library. Our tour guide, Rory, had a wealth of insider info at his fingertips. He'd done a Li of research, and was...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2017

We only had time in our short visit to do one tour, of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Our guide, Hope, was excellent - she told us about the Garden's history, but also weaved into the tour some of her personal history,...More

Thank iTravel61
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We met at the Japanese garden at 9:30am on a Friday (when it is free to get in!), and I can't recommend the tour highly enough. Although the place would have been pleasant enough to visit on your own the guide (Linda I think) really...More

Thank Stephen S
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.
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Brooke R
I'm travelling with my husband and our 2 teenagers in march next year, I've been told there is lots of homeless and drug use on the streets, is this corrrect? And also where is the best district to stay. Thanks in advance
9 December 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
Hello, Am I reading the map correctly and you only offer the Mission District tour on Sundays? Thanks
21 June 2015|
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Response from belleretraite | Reviewed this property |
This is how we read it also ! We wanted to do a tour of the Mission so we did it with Wild S F City Tours which at the time was a ''Free Guided Tour'' that is on a voluntary tip basis . It was excellent and it is done three... More