Downtown Gettysburg Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour


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Enrich your visit to Gettysburg during this self-guided audio tour of the historic town’s downtown area. Learn about the everyday civilians swept up in the Civil War’s deadliest battles. Smartphone-based narration plays automatically using your GPS location. The tours never expire, so you can even use the audio commentary during your next trip.


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Flexible schedule: Use the tour any day, any time


While the Civil War battle here made a name for this town, there are far more stories to tell than just those of soldiers and armies. With this walking tour, get ready to find out what the Civil War Gettysburg meant for everyday people caught up in it all.
Note; This 1+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Downtown Gettysburg in 1-1.5 hours.
As Confederate troops advanced on Gettysburg in 1863, Jennie Wade and her mother fled here to stay with Jennie’s sister Georgia. They were terrified of the coming battle and what it would mean for their town. When the fighting erupted a few days later, the family huddled together and prayed no one would break down their door with bayonets drawn.
The battle isn’t the only reason this tree is special. Abraham Lincoln also rode directly past this tree on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address.
This was home to Hettie Shriver, a mild-mannered woman whose story was all too familiar to Gettysburg residents after the battle. When the fighting first broke out, Hettie decided to flee with her family to her parents’ farm three miles south of town.
When Hettie Shriver fled to her parent's farm, she wasn’t alone. She also took her family and her 15-year-old neighbor Tillie Pierce. Pierce was enthralled by the prospect of battle and had stood outside to watch Union soldiers ride by. Once the cannons began booming she realized she wasn’t safe. But even after fleeing with Hettie to the farm, she couldn’t escape the horrors of battle.
This is one of the largest private collections of Civil War artifacts in the entire country, featuring more than 4,000 total artifacts.
Collections like this one were obtained legally, but Gettysburg has seen its fair share of looting over the years. Even with the joint effort of residents and the government in 1863, some bodies and bits of gear were left on the battlefield. Whether they were in shallow graves or just hard-to-find places, those remains simply disappeared over time.
As the battle raged around the residents of Gettysburg and the wounded piled up, any and all available buildings became hospitals. Wounded soldiers were rushed into shelters like this courthouse, where doctors did everything they could to tend to their wounds.
The man standing next to Lincoln doesn’t have a name — and that’s exactly the point! He’s “the common man.” The idea is to illustrate the continued importance of Gettysburg and Lincoln to everyday folks in the modern era.
David Wills was an attorney and a pillar of the Gettysburg community. He was also the man responsible for organizing the creation of the Gettysburg National Cemetery!
This building dates all the way back to 1797, though it wasn’t always the Gettysburg Hotel. It started out as a humble tavern which for a time was owned by the prominent McClellan family.
Teams of soldiers went out and buried these men where they had fallen, Union and Confederate alike. Most graves were only 12 inches deep. The army had other battles to fight and no time to properly bury their dead.
This is the Grand Army of the Republic Building or GAR for short. The government established it after the war to support Union veterans. Here, veterans would gather, share stories, and look after one another in times of need.


Easy-to-use app: download Action’s Tour Guide App onto your phone
Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. Proven with tons of rave reviews!
Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
Comprehensive route and stops: See it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
Go at your own pace: Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
Learn more: dive deeper into any story you enjoyed with extra stories.
Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. Easy to use!
Engaging storytelling: Uncover unique tales, history, and facts for a memorable journey!


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Additional Information

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • How it works: Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions. Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours. To begin touring, go to the Starting Point and launch the app. The audio starts automatically. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
  • Good value: Purchase one tour per person. If you are a couple and prefer to share, purchase one tour and remember to bring headphones you can split.
  • Flexible Schedule: Once the app/tour is on your phone, you can use it any day and at any time. You can use it over multiple days. And, also use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Preview the tour: You can use it before the trip at home (highly recommended), use it during the trip, and use it after you come back.
  • Don't miss a thing: You will get everything with the app - a complete itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated audio stories, story script, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, exciting locations, recommendations for hikes, adventure, activities, treks, and stop-by-stop direction.
  • Private tour: You can use it in your car or rental car. No worries about groups or crowds. Start the tour app on your phone. And it will direct you step by step. You can stop for as many breaks as you like. Take a break for Instagram photos, and take a break for lunch/snacks. Go on a hike. The tour will wait for you and start when you start again. You can even do the tour over multiple days. Go at your own pace.
  • Easy to use: The stories play themselves as soon as the GPS is activated. It requires no use of your hands at all. You can get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing any time of the day.
  • Offline: There is no need for a cell signal or Wi-Fi while touring. App’s GPS map works offline.
  • Expiration/go again: The tour will last for the rest of your life on your phone. It is available for use on any day of your next trip.
  • Use pictures for a photo book: Create a photo book using clean (no crowd) app images of each spot to make a memorable trip. All the photos and the correct sequence is ready in the app for you to use.
  • Social media: Share clean (no crowd) images with friends/family.
  • Devices supported include iPhones with iOS 13 & above, Android phones with version 9 & above and all cellular-enabled tablets & iPads.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.