Guided & Self-Guided Tours in Chapel Hill
A Walk Down Franklin Street
610 East Rosemary St (Downtown)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone (919) 942-7818.
Horce Williams House open Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sun., 1-4pm.
• “Walk This Way! Fact and Folklore Tours of Chapel Hill”—Guided tour of about one hour is conducted every Sun. at 2 p.m. from the Horace Williams House for $5 per person. Rain or shine. From the historic homes to the colorful characters to the great events, visitors will learn the history behind Chapel Hill’s most famous—and infamous—street. No reservations needed. Call for more details.
• “A Walk Down Franklin Street”—Self-guided walking tour based on the Society’s popular descriptive brochure. This leisurely tour features historic homes in the district between the Horace Williams House and downtown Chapel Hill. Free Parking.
Coker Arboretum Tours
Corner of Raleigh Street and Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone (919) 962-0522
11 am - 12 Noon
Free guided tours of the Coker Arboretum on the UNC campus are given the third Saturday of the month, March through November. No registration is necessary. Meet at the stone circle near the center of the arbor on Cameron Ave.
Guided Tour of North Carolina Botanical Garden Display Gardens
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Free guided tours of the Display Gardens take place every Saturday from March - October and the first Saturday November - February. Meet in the Education Center exhibit hall (central building), shortly before 10 am for the 1-hour tour. Also on Saturday, 1:30 pm: behind-behind-the-scenes tour of the Education Center - one of the greenest buildings in NC.
Guided Tour of Old Chapel Hill Cemetery
131 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 942-7818
Preservation Society Hours, Tue-Fri 10 am - 4 pm; Sun 1 - 4 pm.
Tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery leave from the cemetery gazebo (South Road across from Carmichael Arena) every Saturday at 10 AM. Tickets are $5 per person. To reserve a space, please contact the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill (919) 942-7818. After hours please call (919) 923-6900.
The lovely seven acre site is the final resting place for many of the University, the town, the state and nation. The Old Chapel Hill Cemetery lies in the heart of Chapel Hill on the corner of Country Club and South Roads, near the main campus of UNC. The site was part of a land grant given by the State of North Carolina in 1796 to develop the University, and the cemetery originally served as a final resting place for University faculty and students. On the guided tour amid the oaks and pines, the low walls and unique headstones, you will learn about the slaves and statesman, senators and salesmen that helped create what we fondly call “the Southern Part of Heaven”.
Historic Hillsborough Tours
150 East King St (Downtown),
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Toll-free (877) 732-7748; Phone (919) 732-7741.
Available Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun., noon-4pm.
Guided and self-guided walking tours, guided step-on-bus tours and guided theme tours are available throughout the year in historic Hillsborough. The group walking and bus tours are available by appointment, with a minimum of 10 participants and at least two weeks notice.
• Second Saturday Guided Walking Tour—Regular 90-minute guided tour is available year-round on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In Hillsborough’s historic district, you’ll see historic churches, cemeteries, Colonial and Ante-Bellum homes and much more. Prices are adults, $5; children (5-15), $2. No reservations necessary.
• Self-guided walking tour is based on a booklet available for $3 at the Orange County Visitors Center (in the Alexander Dickson House), 150 East King Street. Parking.
Historic UNC Campus Tour
250 East Franklin St (Morehead Planetarium Building, West Lobby)
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480
Phone (919) 962-1630.
Available Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm.
Historic Campus Tour. Visitors can also take advantage of a self-guided recorded tour, complete with music and interesting facts covering the landmarks and legends of UNC’s historic campus. Follow brick walkways into the University’s early years by taking a walking tour through the heart of the nation’s first state university and its historic sites. Founded in 1793, the core campus is about 730 acres. Maps are available. Student-led guided tours of campus—highlighting the past, present and future Carolina—are also available Monday through Friday. Call for details and to make an appointment.
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Phone: (919) 237-2254
Saturday Tour is 11am-2pm; Weekday Tour is selected weekdays or by appointment, 2pm-5pm.
Whether you’re a local resident or visitor, you’ll enjoy going behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. This tour is an exploration of flavors from innovative and upscale Southern dishes to house-made chocolates to real New York pastrami to organic wine and local beer. Known for being at the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for eclectic and nationally known restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill and Carrboro are among the best places in the country to eat, and live. Tours cost $37 per person.
• Chapel Hill/Carrboro Weekday Walking Tour—Register in advance at either Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours or Brown Paper Tickets. Meet in front of the Carolina Brewery, 460 West Franklin Street, downtown Chapel Hill, at 1:45pm. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour is between 2 and 2-1/2 miles of walking, and runs three hours. Runs rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather. Parking is available in pay lots on West Franklin Street.
• Chapel Hill/Carrboro Saturday Walking Tour—Register in advance at either Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours or Brown Paper Tickets. Meet in front of Open Eye Cafe, 101 South Greensboro Street, downtown Carrboro, at 10:45am. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour is between 1-1/2 and 2 miles of walking and runs three hours. Runs rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather. Parking is available in free lots nearby.
(For information on other tours by Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, visit its Website.)
Triangle Food Tour—Chapel Hill and Carrboro
311 West Franklin St (Downtown)
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone (919) 319-5674
Saturday (selected) at 2:30pm.
A delicious, guided, walking, food-tasting tour, sprinkled with historical tidbits of downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. You’ll explore and discover the exceptional culinary landscape of these towns, which will give you an insider’s perspective. We’ll be pausing numerous times for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Limited to 10 adults. Tour is approximately three hours long. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. (In the event of heavy rain, tour will be rescheduled.) Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to start of tour. Parking is available in the lot behind The Franklin Hotel. Cost is $28 (plus $2.50 service charge), which includes all tastings. Reserve online at least 48 hours before tour.
Walk Carrboro Tour
Self-guided walking tour of Carrboro is offered via map available at most businesses in town. Carrboro has been called many things over the years, most of them flattering. Recently, we were named one of America’s top 100 art towns. We have a few art galleries, of course, but most likely we gained this distinction because art infuses every corner of our town, from public sculpture to coffee and food to art in more-expected places like galleries, stores and a little place called, of all things, The ArtsCenter. There are also many fun things about this town: One of them is the passion of the people who live here. Some folks are passionate about politics; others, about beer. Some folks are passionate about comedy; and some folks, about chocolate. (Okay, everyone is passionate about chocolate.) More to the point—the people who have opened shops here are passionate about what they do. And many of them enjoy national and even international reputations. So, come spend a perfect day with us and see why people who live in Carrboro love and look after their town so well.