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Kingston: Touring the Historic District

Touring Kingston

Editor’s Note: New York by Rail updated this November 2018 blog experience to include current information.

It’s a warm, summer afternoon in New York’s first capital, Kingston . I make my way from Amtrak’s Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Rhinecliff-Kingston Station. From the station, I head down Broadway toward Rondout Creek through a vibrant, colorful retail area, intrigued by the alluring aromas of restaurants and the eclectic displays of antique shops and galleries. The area’s history emanates from its tall, industrial-era buildings that slope toward the creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. Even beyond this strip, Kingston’s deep-rooted history, from America’s beginnings, is apparent, spreading far beyond this community’s borders. Today, Kingston is still a prime destination, despite the devastation of the past year. Kingston’s restaurants, shops and attractions are open and ready for exploring, making a nice summer day the perfect time to start your adventure.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

A view of the river outside the Hudson River Maritime Museum | Photo Courtesy of Erin McKendrick

Four neighborhoods in Kingston are designated historic districts. The first, Stockade National Historic District, was the original site of the village of Kingston, which was fortified by a 14-foot stockade fence during the American Revolution. The second, Fair Street, is a neighborhood of large homes built by affluent businessmen during the 19th century. Throughout the 1800s, distinguished residences representing architectural styles like Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival were constructed on this tree-shaded street just outside the mercantile center of uptown Kingston. The third, Chestnut Street, a hill adorned with mansions overlooking the Hudson River with views of the Catskill Mountains, was home to Rondout’s leading citizens, most notably James McEntee, who built the first home there. The McEntee property is now listed on the National, State and Local Registers of Historic Places. I’m heading to the fourth, the Rondout-West Strand National Historic District. This district encompasses the area that rapidly transformed from farmland into the thriving maritime village of Rondout after the Delaware and Hudson Canal opened in 1828. The terminus of the canal was at Rondout, which later became part of the city of Kingston.

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A stroll through the Rondout-West Strand National Historic District is like stepping out of a time capsule into the 1800’s. Each boatyard I pass was an ally to industries like brick-making, cement-making, bluestone (flagstone) shipping and ice-making. Reaching Rondout Landing, I’m eager to learn more about this district’s history. I continue northeast along the waterfront to explore the brick warehouses along the creek when I stumble upon a tugboat, towering above me in the courtyard of the Hudson River Maritime Museum .

Kingston NY | Mathilda Tugboat at the Hudson River Maritime Museum | Photo by Tim Hetrick

The 1898 steam-powered tub boat, Mathilda. | Photo Courtesy of Tim Hetrick

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Built in 1898 in Sorrel, Quebec, the tugboat, Mathilda, is one of the few remaining steam-powered tugboats in existence. With its original steam engine intact, Mathilda is a testament to the Hudson River Maritime Museum ’s preservation efforts. Permanently dry-docked at the museum, the tugboat is surrounded by gardens, picnic tables and benches, a gazebo and a walkway along Rondout Creek.

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The museum is housed in a former lumber company’s office and warehouse. Inside, a panoramic display of model boats sails along a mock-up of the Hudson River. The exhibit, Henry Hudson’s Timeless River,  is a temporary art exhibit by Raymond Curran, a popular watercolor artist. Curran showcases a collection of new paintings inspired by the voyage of Henry Hudson in 1609. The collection is an artistic journey along Hudson’s route from New York to Albany.

Other intriguing displays include Mary Powell: Queen of The Hudson , highlighting original artifacts from the Mary Powell and place her in historical context with a comprehensive timeline of Hudson River Valley. The museum is also offering a number of online exhibits at this time like  Tugboats: Workhorses of the Hudson River  and  The Hudson River Day Line: 1863-1971 . They will continue to offer online exhibits throughout the year so if you aren’t able to visit in person, make sure to check their website!

After perusing the countless ship models and displays, pretending to steer a tugboat replica and toying with an antique ship throttle, it was time to ship-off, “full steam ahead” next door to Hudson River Cruises .

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A view of Rondout Creek and the Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge from the Hudson River Maritime Museum courtyard. | Photo Courtesy of Andrew Frey

Cruising the Hudson River

Hudson River Cruises is among the Top 10 Best Hudson River Valley Tours on TripAdvisor. For over 35 years, this sightseeing experience has offered passengers a memorable view of the Hudson River’s historic shoreline from May through October. In the fall, the changing leaves at their peak color, the two-hour ride aboard the Rip Van Winkle II allows for sweeping views of the fall foliage along the banks of the Hudson. During the summer, the cruise affords you a gorgeous view of green-leafed trees adorning the river. Some of their popular sightseeing cruises include a Sunset Sightseeing Cruise, a dinner package and a cruise that departs from Poughkeepsie. Whether it be a view of the sunset along the Hudson River or a delicious meal, each cruise delivers something uniquely special, and I couldn’t wait to experience it.

In addition to sightseeing cruises, Hudson River Cruises offers themed and music cruises with a DJ or live music and hosts private events such as class reunions, birthday and anniversary parties and private group tours.

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I make my way through a large crowd to board. Despite hotter weather than anticipated, the main deck is flooded with passengers. Luckily, seating is available on the lower deck, along with panoramic windows for unobstructed views. There’s a fully stocked bar and snack stand with cold drinks and other refreshments available during the journey, too. I buy a drink to cool off and grab an open seat.

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The narration during the cruise provides interesting insights to more than a dozen landmarks of historical significance, including extravagant estates, quaint villages surrounded by vineyards, orchards and other scenic sites. I catch views of the Rondout and Esopus Meadow lighthouses, Mills Mansion State Historic Site , a Vanderbilt mansion and Holy Cross Monastery. As we pass Esopus Island, I learn there’s camping on the island, which I hope to experience in the near future.

Kingston Trolley Museum of New York

Kingston Trolley Museum of New York | Photo Courtesy of Erin McKendrick

Trolley Museum of New York

Interested in exploring historic Kingston, but not looking for a boat ride? Parallel to the Hudson River Maritime Museum is the Trolley Museum of New York . On the weekends from May to October from 12 – 5 p.m., the Trolley Museum is open for historic trolley rides that take you throughout the district every half hour.

Hutton Brickyards

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Hutton Brickyards

If you’re looking for more to do in historic Kingston, you won’t have to go too far. Hutton Brickyards is a fun new venue that serves everything from glamping in cabins to nature-oriented experiences. At the venue, you can attend events or engage in a variety of experiences like hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding and outdoor yoga. Also, at Hutton Brickyards is their chic restaurant that features wood-fired ovens and grills.

Empire State Trail Kingston

Empire State Trail Kingston | Photo Courtesy of Erin McKendrick

On the topic of hiking, be sure to check out Kingston’s segment of the Empire State Trail nearby. Here, you can hike through wooded trails and bike on the streets.

Ole Savannah Southern Table & Bar

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Kingston’s Eateries

As the sun gets low, a golden glow shimmers off the gentle waves of the river. The boat returns to Kingston. Back on shore, I walk back into the historic district to grab a bite to eat. When you’re in the area, you’ll be immediately met with the smells of tasty meals from seafood to sea fare. One restaurant you can thank for this lovely aroma is Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar.

The restaurant boasts Southern-style classics like shrimp & grits, smoked meats and jambalaya. The restaurant also hosts events such as weddings and live music. Nothing on the menu intriguing your tastebuds? Try one of the many other fantastic restaurants in the historic district.

After finishing a hearty meal, I head back to my rental car to prepare for another journey, the train ride home aboard Amtrak.

Walking Tours of Kingston’s Rondout-West Strand District

Friends of Historic Kingston if offering self-guided walking tours of the Stockade National Historic District and of the Rondout-West Strand National Historic District.

Information for self-guided walking tours can also be found at the Kingston Heritage Area Visitors Center.

Take Amtrak to Kingston, NY

Experience the historic charm of Kingston, NY via Amtrak to the Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI) in the Hudson Valley . Don’t forget to use the I Love New York 15% discount !

Staying in the area? Rent a car from Enterprise! Enterprise picks you up at RHI and takes you to your rental car. Use the code, NYTRAIN, for a discount when making your reservation. Click here to reserve your car or call Enterprise’s Kingston office: 845-336-4700 .

Where to Stay

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Emerson Resort and Spa

5340 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 Surrounded by majestic mountains, tranquil forests and rushing waters, the Emerson Resort & Spa is nestled in the Catskill Mountains, the heart of Mother Nature’s playground. Seasonal colors, events and activities are plentiful from the moment you step into the Catskills. Hiking, biking, tubing, fishing, kayaking and skiing are just a few of the outdoor adventures located just minutes away. The Emerson offers 26 spacious rooms in the contemporary style Inn and 27 rooms in the log cabin style Lodge, including rooms that can accommodate up to six people.

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Hampton Inn Kingston

1307 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY 12401 Equidistant from uptown Kingston’s Stockade District and the downtown Rondout-West Strand National Historic District, the Hampton Inn Kingston is surrounded by nearby shopping and offers an indoor pool, fitness center and free hot breakfast among its amenities.

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Recommended Dining

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Savona’s Trattoria

11 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 A casual Italian restaurant serving a locally-sourced fusion of classic, “old world” dishes with a progressive spin. Enjoy authentic Italian cooking and a selection of excellent wines in a historic building.

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More Historic Hotspots in Kingston

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Senate House State Historic Site

296 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401 This simple, stone house of merchant Abraham Van Gaasbeek, served as New York State’s first Senate chamber amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion in the fall of 1777.

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Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

99 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Founded to preserve and revitalize the rare, intact 19th-century building it inhabits, this cultural center and museum features the stories of immigrants of the Hudson Valley, with tours and programs throughout the Rondout-West Strand National Historic District.

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Fred J. Johnston House | Kingston NY | Photo by Andrew Frey

Fred J. Johnston Museum

63 Main St., Kingston, NY 12401 This 1812 federal-style showroom was the former home of Fred J. Johnston, an antiques dealer who attained national stature after assembling an outstanding collection of 18th and early 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts.

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Kingston is a vibrant town in Eastern Ontario, rich in Canadian history and culture. Our close proximity to the famous Thousand Islands region attracts tourists from all over the world to visit, stay and explore the area. As the largest city to border the Canadian side of the Thousand Islands, Kingston offers plenty to see and do:

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City Hall, St. George’s Cathedral and Confederation Park are a few of the sites you’ll see along your walking tour. Every Kingston landmark has its own unique history!

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Kingston gets walking, why walk more, you can gain a lot from walking here are some walking benefits:.

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  • Maintains healthy weight
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Psychological benefits:

  • Relieves stress and tension
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  • Reduces fatigue and increases energy
  • Allows time spent with family and friends  

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Walking Groups

Walking with a group is a great way to stay motivated to get out and have fun at the same time.  Why not try one of the following walking groups!

Rideau Trail Association

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  • The Rideau trail is a  Hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa
  • Hikers come prepared !
  • Common meeting location: in front of Canadian Tire along Bath Road, go to gas pumps and you should find the leader with a clipboard
  • Cost: money for gas to car pool to walking locations

King’s Town Trekkers Volkssport Walking Club

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  • A walking club offering fun, family and friendship. Walks take place starting at different locations in Kingston and surrounding area. Members are provided with walk details approximately one week in advance of the walk. Walks typically take place once a week and walkers can complete a 5 km route or a 10 km route.

Nordic Pole Walking/ Urban Poling

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  • Fit to the Core offers Urban Poling classes and clinics.
  • For details about location and contact info, check out the  Active Places page  (check the “poling” or “walking” box and click “go”)
  • The YMCA of Kingston now offers urban poling classes!

The Running Room

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  • Join the walking group at the Running Room!
  • Walkers and runners from beginner to advanced are all welcome
  • If you wish to turn your walking into a work out and train for walk/run events, you can also join Running Room’s training programs .

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Walking Maps

Having a map can help with planning walks. Here are some maps to check out!

City of Kingston :

  • Urban Area Cycling and Trails:   A great map of all trails in Kingston
  • Historic self-guided walking tours
  • The K & P Trail:   Includes a K&P Trail map as well as an interactive tour and a downloadable brochure.
  • The Rideau Trail
  • Local parks in Kingston

Royal Military College (RMC) Maps

  • Interested in walking routes around the RMC campus ? (Go to the Facebook page and search in the photos section for the RMC map album)

Explore the Arch

  • Check out this website for hiking and fitness trails in the Kingston area
  • There are also a variety of heritage walking trails for the surrounding area

Scavenger Hunt

  • Check out this scavenger hunt that starts at the Girls and Boys club (559 Bagot street) to 169 Earl street
  • Walk 30-50 min while answering questions that will develop more of an appreciation of the Kingston environment!

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Creative Kingston Walking tours – from Tourism Kingston, these walks are self-guided, free, and with various route options exploring Kingston’s Film, Music, and Literary history!  A great way to get out for a walk.

Map my walk:  Map your walk or check out what other people have walked in Kingston.

Keep track of your steps on a downloadable log sheet and see if you can increase the number of steps you take every day

How walkable is your neighbourhood ? This website rates the walkability of your neighbourhood, taking into account your proximity to amenities.

Kingston Parks with Walking Trails

Get walking in Kingston at one of these beautiful parks:

  • Breakwater Park & City Park–Waterfront trail, splash pad, picnic areas
  • Lake Ontario Park–Waterfront trail, splash pad, picnic areas
  • Belle Park–Waterfront trails and golfing
  • Fort Henry–Walk around the Fort for spectacular views of the lake and Kingston
  • Greenwood Park Trail–A lovely meandering trail in Kingston East
  • Grass Creek Park–Beach and picnic areas on the St. Lawrence River
  • Lemoine Point Conservation Area–Waterfront walking trails (free)
  • Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area–Walking, skiing, snowshoeing trails, ice skating, sugar bush, seasonal equipment rental (entree fee)
  • Parrots Bay Conservation Area–Walking trails and pond off Hwy 33 past Amherstview (entree fee).
  • Rideau Trail, K&P Trail, Cataraqui Trail
  • For more information on these parks, look them up on our ActivPlaces search tool (check off “walking” and press “go”).

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Whether it’s sweater weather, parka season, or the sunny days of summer, Kingston has some beautiful places to go for a stroll. If you’re looking for a break from your workday or need a weekend adventure for you and the family, here are some unique places to explore Kingston’s spectacular natural assets and the city’s rich history.

Waterfront Pathway

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Looking for a scenic view of Kingston’s waterfront? Kingston’s Waterfront Pathway is a picturesque 8 km walk from Lake Ontario Park to the downtown core. Along this path you will have the opportunity to see Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston Penitentiary, the Tett Centre, Fort Frontenac, and many other historic locations in the Kingston area. Accessible parking and pathway access are available. For more information on the path, please visit this link.

Barriefield Village

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Barriefield Village was established near the Naval Shipyards and prospered for many decades as an important part in the boatbuilding industry. Did you know that in 1980 Barriefield became the first village in Ontario to become a Heritage Conservation District? It is no secret that Barriefield is filled with rich history and you can explore it on a self-guided walking tour of area. On this self-guided tour, you will be able to relive the history of the village – see where the blacksmith lived and where Peters Grocery resided. For more information on the tour and for a detailed map, please visit this link.

Sydenham Ward

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Known for its beautiful architecture and historic setting, Sydenham Ward is home to some of the finest 19th-century architecture in Canada. Old Sydenham was designated a historic district in 2015. On your walk through Sydenham Ward, you will stop by some notable buildings including Frontenac County Court House, a building originally designed to house the Parliament of Canada when Kingston was Canada’s capital city; the Spire, a notable 160-year-old landmark that is now a community hub for the arts and not for profit; and Chalmers United Church, which sits on a unique triangular lot where Clergy, Barrie and Earl streets meet. Lace up your sneakers and go take in the beauty of Sydenham Ward today!

Queen’s University

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Queen’s University was established in 1841 by a Royal Charter signed by Queen Victoria. Queen’s main campus is located on roughly 100 acres of land on the southwestern edge of downtown Kingston. Its approximate boundaries are King Street in the south, Earl Street in the north, Collingwood Street in the west, and Barrie Street in the east. The campus is home to many beautiful limestone buildings and, given its age, a history full of interesting anecdotes. Did you know that Queen’s landmark building, Grant Hall, was a military hospital during the First World War and used as an entertainment centre for troops and a meal hall during WWII?

Lake Ontario Park

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Providing a natural landscape drawing both visitors and locals, Lake Ontario Park is the largest urban waterfront park in Kingston. Lake Ontario is great for picnicking and scenic walks along the waterfront, including access to the Waterfront Pathway. The park was extensively renovated in recent years and includes accessible walkways to the lakeshore, a cobblestone beach, playground equipment and a sandy beach area.

Portsmouth Village

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Portsmouth Village was founded in 1784 and grew alongside the Kingston Penitentiary, which was located nearby. In its early years, the area included tanneries, breweries and shipyards. The village is also home to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, which hosted the yachting and boating events for the 1976 Summer Olympics. In present day, the area retains a quaint historic charm with stone and brick homes. A walk through this area will take you along the lakeshore marina and through charming side streets dotted historic homes, ultimately connecting with the Waterfront Pathway.

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Kingston Food Tours is a walking tour of Kingston's hip and historic downtown that blends tastings at our best local restaurants with an insider's perspective on our city's history and culture. Our tours focus on unique shops, restaurants, artisans, and farmers who contribute to Kingston's thriving local food movement. We are a locally owned and operated business with a passion for food, travel and most of all our home city. We can't wait to help you explore and fall in love with Kingston on a fun, educational, and delicious tour!

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House & Gallery

Visit the Fred J. Johnston House Museum and the FHK Gallery on the corner of Main and Wall Streets in uptown Kingston. Open from May through the end of October on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-4pm. The gallery showcases Kingston’s history and culture with special exhibits each year. Available in the gallery are brochures, books and items of local interest. Donations are welcome. Register in the FHK Gallery for a guided house tour, $10 fee for admission.

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Learn about Kingston’s history and see its distinctive architecture with FHK’s tour guides. Walking tours are available May - Oct. The 1658 Stockade National Historic District Tour is held on the first Saturday of the month, and departs 11am from the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery on the corner of Wall & Main Streets. The Rondout National Historic District Tour is held on the last Saturday of the month, departs 11am from Lower Broadway. Fee: $10, free admission for members. Visit the tours page for more information.

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Our Monthly Sunday Walks

Every other week, on Sunday afternoons in the summer months, we also offer two other guided walks:

a walk down Old London Road and Clarence Street

a walk pointing out the old pubs of Kingston

Please see Walk Times for details.

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Illustrated Talks and Free Walking Tours around the ancient town of Kingston upon Thames.

Explore Kingston and Surbiton and their long history on one of our free walking tours.  Our tours are designed to suit all ages and all walking abilities.

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Sunday Walks .  Our  weekly Sunday walking tours of historic Kingston upon Thames start at 11:00 a.m, underneath the statue of the Golden Queen in the Ancient Market Place.  Walks typically last from 1½ to 2 hours but you may leave the walk at any time. Join us while we tell you about the history of All Saints Church, why the river was so important to Kingston's development, about the bridges that cross the river now and in the past, the development of the Market Place and much, much more. Please click here to reserve a place on a Sunday walk of your choice.

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Surbiton Walks .  Discover Surbiton, the "Queen of the Suburbs", on our monthly walk.  Learn about the Victorian churches of St Mark's and St Andrews, the Clock Tower and the forgotten Victorian whose foresight led to the development of Surbiton. The walks start at 11:00 a.m. from the forecourt of Surbiton Station on the 1st Sunday of every month, from April to September. Please click here to reserve a place.

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Pubs of Old Kingston .  Did you know that in the 19th century, there were 52 pubs within 20 minutes walk of the Market Place?  Our  new monthly walking tour explores the history of brewing and drinking in Kingston, from Roman times to the present day.   Tours start at 2:00 p.m, outside the Fighting Cocks pub in Old London Road on the 4th Sunday of every month from April to September.  Please click here to reserve a place on a date of your choice.

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Historical Memory Walks.  Join our dementia-friendly tour of the historic town of Kingston upon Thames, a relaxing walk around the centre of Kingston, stopping at key places and briefly chatting about the history associated with the location.

We meet at 10:30 a.m. in the café in All Saints Church.  The walks last around 60 minutes and are led by our volunteer guides. After the walk, we’ll sit and talk over a tea or coffee (our treat!) in the quiet calm of the church café.  Support workers, carers, family members or friends are very welcome to join the walk.  Please click here to reserve a place .

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Walks & Talks

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The first recorded mention of Kingston in history was in 838 A.D. when King Egbert called a Great Council to take place in what he called "That Famous Place".  That probably makes Kingston over 1,200 years old!

Unfortunately, we don't have a photograph of Kingston from that time.  However, All Saints Church, the oldest building in Kingston (and Grade I listed), dates from around 1130 A.D.

The church is much modified since it was originally built in Norman times.  Join our Sunday morning tour and we'll tell you more of All Saints' history, talk about some of the people who are buried there and much more.

We'll describe the coaching inns that lined the Ancient Market Place and the football match that was held there every Shrove Tuesday.  Learn about the Market House and the Golden Queen who presides over the Market Place.

Let us tell you why the River Thames was important in Kingston's development, learn about the barge trade and the old and new bridges across the river.

Alternatively, why not join us on our new walk and let us tell you about 28 Kingston Pubs, some long gone, some thankfully still with us.  

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Whichever walk you come on with us, we can almost guarantee you'll learn a lot more about Kingston than you ever thought possible!

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    99 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401. Founded to preserve and revitalize the rare, intact 19th-century building it inhabits, this cultural center and museum features the stories of immigrants of the Hudson Valley, with tours and programs throughout the Rondout-West Strand National Historic District. ReherCenter.org.

  6. Your guide to Kingston guided tours

    209 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1 . Kingston Food Tours provides a walking tour of Kingston's hip and historic downtown that blends tastings at our best local restaurants with an insider's perspective on our city's history and culture. The Classic Kingston Tour introduces you to Kingston's history as a premier destination for food.

  7. Kingston Walks Tour Highlights

    Local History Comes to Life. Your tour begins at the Visitor Information Centre, located at 209 Ontario Street, in the heart of downtown Kingston, Ontario - a city shaped by wind, fire, trade, art, and war. Explore Kingston's political and historic past on this guided walking tour, lasting 45 mins to 1 hour, always lead by Arthur Milnes ...

  8. City of Kingston

    Walking Tour, p.47), built in 1877. is Victorian mansion was built by Richard Tossell for Rybert Kent, who was, for 20 years, proprietor of the British American Hotel (at King and Clarence Streets), and a partner in the Canadian Express Company. e three-storey stone house has some of the finest ironwork and carpenter trim work in Kingston.

  9. City of Kingston

    Cross William St. to the left (or south) side of the street, and walk up-hill. The properties that you will be viewing on this tour will always be on the opposite side of the street from whichever one you are on. Look across King St. 1 244 KIng ST. E. and 41 WILLIam ST. are on the right corner. is is an 1890 brick building of two-and-a-half ...

  10. Kingston Walks About Us

    Get ready to explore downtown Kingston on a 1-hour walking tour with local legend, Arthur Milnes. Your tour begins at the Visitor Information Centre, located at 209 Ontario St. Tours depart promptly as scheduled; please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before departure. ... Join us on an intimate walking tour through the streets of downtown ...

  11. Kingston Walks

    Join us on the Arthur Milnes Walking Tour. Embark on a walking tour with Arthur Milnes and begin your journey into a world of Canadian Prime Ministers, US Presidents, Indigenous leaders, Governors General, mediums, spirits and even the Queen, herself. Purchase tickets at Waterfront Gifts & Apparel, 248 Ontario St. or Buy Online.

  12. Walking & Hiking

    Having a map can help with planning walks. Here are some maps to check out! City of Kingston:. Urban Area Cycling and Trails: A great map of all trails in Kingston Historic self-guided walking tours; The K & P Trail: Includes a K&P Trail map as well as an interactive tour and a downloadable brochure. The Rideau Trail

  13. 2 Self-Guided Walking Tours in Kingston, Ontario + Maps

    Self-guided walking tours in Kingston, Ontario. Follow these 2 expert designed self-guided walking tours to explore the city on foot at your own pace. All Cities; ... Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to ...

  14. Walkable Kingston

    It is no secret that Barriefield is filled with rich history and you can explore it on a self-guided walking tour of area. On this self-guided tour, you will be able to relive the history of the village - see where the blacksmith lived and where Peters Grocery resided. For more information on the tour and for a detailed map, please visit this ...

  15. Guided Tours

    Historic District Walking Tours. Tours available May through the end of October. See descriptions below for tour schedule. Fee: $10 adults; $5 child under 16. Free to Friends of Historic Kingston members. Group or private tours can be arranged by special appointment: (845) 339-0720. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

  16. Self-Guided Tours

    Self-guided walking tours of the 1658 Stockade National Historic District and the Rondout National Historic District are available in three different methods:. Pick up the brochures from the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery at the corner of Main and Wall Streets (63 Main Street), Uptown or at local sites, such as the Persen House or Senate House.

  17. Kingston Food Tours

    Kingston Food Tours is a walking tour of Kingston's hip and historic downtown that blends tastings at our best local restaurants with an insider's perspective on our city's history and culture. Our tours focus on unique shops, restaurants, artisans, and farmers who contribute to Kingston's thriving local food movement.

  18. Art District

    The new mural locations have been added to the map, so that you can use the map to take a walking tour of the Street Art. The next step is to digitize this map, to create a immersive cultural experience as people can listen to the soundscape of Downtown Kingston, see the videos and book tours. The interactive art district map is a platform that ...

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    Tours. Learn about Kingston's history and see its distinctive architecture with FHK's tour guides. Walking tours are available May - Oct. The 1658 Stockade National Historic District Tour is held on the first Saturday of the month, and departs 11am from the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery on the corner of Wall & Main Streets. The Rondout National Historic District Tour is held on the ...

  20. City of Kingston

    THE WAR OF 1812. This walk of modern Kingston is of buildings and sites as they existed on November 10 1812. Kingston had started its modern life as Cataraqui in 1783, became known as Kingstown, and by 1812 was the village of Kingston. It had, perhaps, 1000 inhabitants and 100 houses. November 10 1812 was a special day in its life.

  21. PDF KINGSTON Districts

    Getting to Kingston Finding Information The color coded squares on the map inside indicate visitors centers where you can get additional information about Kingston and the surrounding area, including detailed walking tour guides and lists of current events. The Heritage Area provides visitors centers at 308 Clinton Avenue in the Stockade

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    Our tours are designed to suit all ages and all walking abilities. Sunday Walks. Our weekly Sunday walking tours of historic Kingston upon Thames start at 11:00 a.m, underneath the statue of the Golden Queen in the Ancient Market Place. Walks typically last from 1½ to 2 hours but you may leave the walk at any time.

  23. Google Maps

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.