Gaslamp Quarter: Historic True Crime Tour
197 Ratings
San Diego
Step into the dark side of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter on a Historical True Crime Tour. Explore the area's haunting past and learn about notorious murders and crimes that took place in this historic district.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Horton Grand Hotel - Entertaining story shared about the property.
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum - Murder in China Town.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory - Murder in downtown San Diego.
  • Henry’s Pub - History of the Stingaree, now known as the Gaslamp Quarter.
What's Included
  • Expert local guide provides informative commentary
  • Scenic drive through historic neighborhoods
  • Multiple photo opportunities at key landmarks
  • Visits to famous sites and hidden gems
  • Interactive history and culture discussion
  • Customized experience based on group interests
  • Personalized attention in small group setting
  • Free time to explore on your own
  • Entrance fees to all attractions included
  • Comfortable transportation provided
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Parking fees
Additional Information

Join us at Murder n’ Mayhem for a Historic True Crime Tour in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. Journey through various epochs as we delve into fascinating tales of real crimes. Discover the sinister past of the Gaslamp Quarter, previously known as the Stingaree.

Visit a timeless hotel reported to still house a lingering spirit in one of its rooms. From there, we’ll transport you to the lively era of the 1920’s. Progressing just over a decade forward, we’ll introduce you to the 3rd fatality of a notorious San Diego Serial Killer. To conclude, we’ll unravel the details of the most dreadful crime ever committed in downtown San Diego.

  • Kindly be mindful that the murder cases discussed hold a graphic nature and we recommend parental discretion for children under the age of 13. This tour involves narratives about assault, rape, and murder, supplemented with grotesque particulars some may consider distressing.

For a more intimate experience, private tours can be arranged upon request.

614 Fifth Ave
Fifth Avenue
Look for the detective outside the door marked 614, next to Henry's Pub. Please do not enter Henry's Pub unless you are dining there.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(197 Ratings)
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Dec 31, 2023
Great tour - Had an entertaining tour around the Gaslamp District with Luna! Historical and crime-based stories intertwined and was a great experience.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 29, 2023
Take a tour with Marlene! - Marlene was such an awesome guide! She guided us on San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour. She knew so much about San Diego, gave us tips on what to do while visiting, and didn't leave out specific details, so we really felt like we were experiencing a part of San Diego's history.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 28, 2023
Great stories around the Gas Lamp district - We had a wonderful guide. She kept our group entertained with her murder and mayhem stories. They were very accommodating as I booked the wrong date. It was a great walking tour.
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Oct 16, 2023
It was very informative and fun. Our host/tour Gide was great and super knowledgeable. - Such a fun trip!! Even my mom, who isn’t in to true crime, had a great time! I would definitely do this tour again and I’ve already recommended this to my friends.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 10, 2023
Great tour. - Tour guide was excellent. Gave very detailed accounts of various gory murders. Total tour time was just over 1:20 thru main streets of San Diego’s gas lamp district. Recommended.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 20, 2023
A Fun Experience Walking Around San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter - A super walk around San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter listening to true crime stories. From Western saloon shoot outs by cowboys, to weird goings on. It was a friendly group and everyone found it fun and interesting.
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Jan 27, 2024
Try it! - The content was interesting especially the history. I felt like they were digging deep for crime content. Tour guide, Luna seemed distracted by a lot of other “stuff”. Maybe she has lost her excitement for this tour? I would say to try it for sure. It take you to a cool part of SD with a lot going on for sure!
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Oct 1, 2023
Could have been better! - There is so much rich history in downtown San Diego. I would have loved to learn more. I was disappointed that it only lasted 60 minutes instead of the advertised 90 minutes. Our guide was new to the job, and so she did lack some enthusiasm in sharing the stories.
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Oct 14, 2023
Waste of time and money - This tour was a waste of $60. Not only could you not hear the tour guide because she wouldn’t use the microphone but there was very little info given on the tour.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 8, 2023
Walk on your own - Terrible. The gal who ran our tour struggled to maintain the story line of the true crime. She was nice but complained about her ADHD most of the 60 minutes. I am an educator by trade, so the history was important to me, but difficult to follow. I have used VIATOR 20 times all over the world and this was the worst.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024