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Historic Chapel Hill
Walking Tours

Both Preservation Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Historical Society recommend the following: 


Sally at Free Walking Tours of Chapel Hill offers a 90 minute, 1.25 mile tour for all ages and mobility. Tours depart most days at 1:30pm from the Morehead Planetarium at 220 E. Franklin Street. They tend to be more available upon short notice. Visit and click on the “Schedule” button on the top right of the screen; or, email Sally at


Free tours are also available through Heart of the Hill Tours. These tend to be of a wider variety of subjects and locations, have a published schedule with group limitations, and they generally require reservations in advance and fill-up quickly. Lifelong Chapel Hill resident Missy Julian-Fox has brought together an interesting group of guides who are experts in a variety of town interests. To register, visit and click on the “Registration for Tours” tab on the upper right of the screen; or, email Missy Julian-Fox at


The UNC Visitors Center offers guided and self-guided tours of campus, which highlight Carolina's history, traditions and hallmarks, as well as the University's work in public service, research and innovation. The Visitors Center, located at 134 East Franklin Street, is open to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday. You can also reach by phone at 919-962-1630, visit them online at, or send an email to


Occasionally Preservation Chapel Hill will offer a tour of one of the historic neighborhoods, usually in collaboration with Heart of the Hill Tours. Inquire at

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