Historical Hollywood Walking Tour
Uncover the hidden side of Hollywood on a history-filled tour that reveals how it all began. Learn about an era before glitz and glam found a home among these hills as you stroll along an iconic avenue.
What You Will Do
- Hear all about the Hollywood of years past on a guided walking tour that traces the development of the movie industry and more
- Dive into the story behind the origins of the film studios, television networks and record companies that thrive here
- Follow a stretch of Sunset Boulevard with an expert guide filling you in on all the secrets of Hollywood
- Guided historical tour of Hollywood
Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time. Please wear sun block and comfortable shoes, and bring a camera. There are many great restaurants on the tour route if you want to have a bite or drink before or after the tour. Guests must be at least 16 years old.
- 238 Ratings
This is a fantastic tour for anyone who appreciates history. We both learned a great deal, thank you so much:)
Time well spent! The beginnings of all of modern history from a dusty patch of ground 1800's thru the first inventions of live sound and sight recording to today's modern era giants, all boiled down into a nice leisurely afternoons walk on ground zero. He'll cover your hearts desire, regardless of age. Your head will be spinning, you definitely will not regret this one. All thumbs up on this one. I wish we had discovered it earlier.
Very informative and a different perspective on what made Hollywood what it is today.
Fun and informative — really well paced!
- My Paaaaaaaatrick
Philip's interactive tour blew us away. He shares a history of Hollywood that so very few are aware of. The tour exceeded every expectation we had and we can't recommend it enough to everyone.
Philip has an amazing knowledge,combined with a great passion for Hollywood history,this made for an experience that far exceeded our expectations.We will certainly tell all our friends..all the best Ray and Margaret Australia.
It was a great tour. So interesting. Just wish I'd be able to retain the info.
Informative & Engaging. Exceeded expectations.
This was a toure de force performance by Philip, who gave a fascinating insight into the genesis of Hollywood. He brought to life streets and buildings that I've walked before without realising the hallowed ground I was treading on. Anyone with an interest in the movies or the local history of LA should take this tour and prepare to be transported back to another era. I was completely fascinated.
Very informative and entertaining.
Philip knows his stuff. I specifically wanted a tour to show us where very old Hollywood used to be. I have a dear, departed friend who died at age 98 and grew up in the 20s and 30s there. It was such a privilege to see the bones of what used to be her world.
We were looking to find the real Hollywood and this tour did this and more. Anonymous looking buildings were brought back to life and their histories revealed. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and then with the guide's recommendation (and a bit more history) went on to experience a bit more of the Hollywood we'd hoped to find. We've already recommended this tour to people we've met on our Californian tour.
Felix is knowledgable, entertaining, quick on his feet and engaging.
Fascinating information, knowledgeable guide. All you need to know about the origins and early days of Hollywood.
If you want to get beyond the stars of the Walk of Fame and hear about real classic Hollywood, you need to take this tour!
I appreciate Philip's distinctive tour, which is completely different from the largely homogenous tours to underwhelming (and traffic snarled) sites in Beverly Hills and on Mulholland Drive. Very informative and told with the expertise of a seasoned raconteur.
Lots of great stories about significant Hollywood history locations. Philip is a fabulous host. Very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. I would consider doing this tour AGAIN.
Great Hollywood history tour. Phillip keeps it fun and interesting.
Informative, fascinating and fun! A great 2hrs Spent discovering the origins of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. If you want to know the real history then take spend some time with Felix and get the full story... excellent!
Great Hollywood tour which introduces era and space and then goes on a deep dive into it's rich history. Highly recommend a truly inspirational walking tour with an entertaining, knowledgable and smart guide!
Great tour with plenty of humor and stories. The photos were a perfect way to picture Hollywood in a bygone era. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a unique experience.
This tour provided a unique insight into the History of Hollywood. So much of this 1 mile square block would have been totally missed if we had not taken this unique tour. Philip's passion for Hollywood history was obvious as was his committment to continually research to ensure the story he provides is acurate. A wonderful tour. We strongly recommend you make time for this one!
Felix was informed, enthusiastic and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of Hollywood.
This Tour is an absolute "must" and should not be missed. Philip 'Felix' brings Old Hollywood to life with his enthusiasm and amazing stories. We stumbled upon this tour by accident and what an enjoyable accident it turned out to be. We were transported back in time during our walk through this Historic area. Loved every minute
It was a wonderful tour. it was the best thing I did all week while on vacation in California. I wish I took it at the beginning of my vacation because it made me want to learn more about the history of Hollywood. I can't stop reading about it!! Felix is awesome, and I consider it a privilege to have been be part of his tour and and an honor to have have met him.
Extremely pleased with the historical tour. We learned many facts about the history of Hollywood and we are still talking about the information and really enjoyed hearing about the people we knew about to make the connections of the radio and film industry. Your stories about Rin Tin Tin were great. !! Thanks so much!!
The tour was great and very informative!
I would strongly recommend this walking tour. Philip (a.k.a. Felix) does an amazing job of tying together an incredible amount of entertainment history (movies, tv, radio, records) into two hours. While lots of old Hollywood may be torn town, with photos and vivid stories, he recreates over 100 years of history. Throw in the great S. California weather as the backdrop and you'll find this is a GREAT way to spend 2 hours!
Outstanding presentation; well researched; great enthusiasm for the subject matter. A flawless tour.
This tour was a wonderful experience, the best we had during our trip to LA. Two hours of the tour were incredibly educational, informative, and entertaining. Phil is a real pro. He knows his well researched stuff and is a master in presenting this information.i am so glad that I took this tour.
Not to be misssed
The tour was interesting and informative and highly unique. Not a typical Hollywood tour. This experience is great for anyone interested in early Hollywood history.
This tour was a highlight of our trip to La la Land. Felix has enthusiasm and energy that is infectious and his knowledge of the history of Hollywood was impressive and well researched. It was amazing to walk in the footsteps of the early film pioneers. It felt like a privilege to be a part of true Hollywood. Thanks Felix!
- Nina Sophie
The tour was exactly what I expected it to be - and more!! Great way to see a different LA and ideal for anyone not interested in those horrible, tacky 'see a stars home' tours!! Thank you for making our quick LA stay more memorable!
This really is an amazing tour. We went on it a couple of weeks ago, having done the appalling Starlines celebrity homes tour earlier that morning. The contrast really couldn't have been any greater - it was like coming up for air after nearly drowning! Philip is incredibly knowledgeable about Hollywood's history and brings it to life in a very entertaining and informative way even though many of the buildings are long gone. Having travelled widely in many parts of the world, I have rarely been on any tours that were as fascinating and well researched as this one. To put things in context, my wife and I - who both love the outdoors and were visiting California from the UK for our honeymoon - went to the Grand Canyon a few days later and were like "Yawn, next", whereas this tour really left us very impressed. If you want to have a truly world-class experience in LA, go on this tour.
Philip was so knowledgeable and engaging! His understanding of Hollywood history, motion pictures, etc. is pretty astounding. He is also friendly and fun and willing to entertain any question you have at the end of the tour. We especially loved learning about the bygone era of Hollywood. So much fun. Do it!
Phillip had such an amazingly vast knowledge of Hollywood history. His presentation of the tour was very dynamic. It was easy to tell that he has a passion for the subject matter and takes great pleasure and pride in passing on the important stories behind the people and buildings of the town.
Felix was awesome! Tour was fun and extremely informative. Highly recommended!
Philip was wonderful, he is so informative and interesting and a really great guy! We loved doing his tour and would recommend it to anyone! Thanks Philip! Suzie & Andrew
Fantastic, truly historical tour! Because of our tour guide's passion for time period and events and his talent to provoke imagery, we were able to experience Hollywood as if we lived it! Thank you!
Really interesting tour with great stories told well and incredible knowledge of the area. Really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to others.
The best tour I've ever done. Phillip was funny, charming and informative. So many great stories and you can't help but love his passion and enthusiasm. Can't recommend doing this tour more.
As a first-time visitor to LA, I was hoping to find a Los Angeles tour that differed from the usual 'celebrity homes' drive-by tours and gave an insight into the history of American cinema. I was so lucky to find Philip's tour when browsing online... And it was even better than I anticipated! Philip was a wonderful guide and historian - entertaining, imaginative and extremely informative. I learnt so much from the tour and gained a different perspective on Los Angeles and the Hollywood film industry. Thank you so much!!
Phillip is a font of knowledge, which he imparts in a friendly and entertaining way. He explained why Hollywood is Hollywood, how it got there, grew, and moved on. It was a lot more interesting than staring at a bunch of buildings with minimal context.