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Tenement Life Walking Tour: North of Liberty

  • Findlay Market Beer Garden 1801 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Do you know what a tenement is or how people lived in them? Our North of Liberty tour takes participants through Over-the-Rhine, north of Liberty Street, paying special attention to how people lived in this neighborhood in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The tour focuses on the built environment including outdoor toilets, bathing, water access and daily living and working conditions in densely crowded tenement apartments. This tour begins by Findlay Market.

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Tickets are free but registration is required and tour capacity is limited to 20. Due to the high demand for tickets and the limited spaces available, only four spots can be reserved per email address.

These walking tours are strenuous; you will be on your feet for the full two hours the tour lasts. The route includes uneven, broken sidewalks and brick alleys from Findlay Market, south to Liberty, north to McMicken and then ending back at Findlay Market. Although there are no stairs, the tours are not handicap accessible; wheelchairs, strollers, shoes with wheels and pets are not allowed. Wear sturdy walking shoes; no high heels or flip flops.

Children under eight will likely find this tour boring. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

No dogs or other animals allowed.

There are toilets near the beginning and end of the tour, but there are no rest stops along the tour. Tour members should bring water and wear clothing appropriate for the weather, as well as hats and sunglasses. The tours will take place rain or shine except in dangerous weather such as an active thunderstorm.

Tour members will be required to sign a waiver prior to the tour and in consideration of the free tour, tour members will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the tour.

We value the time of our amazing volunteers, so please notify us at if you will not be attending.

Parking near Findlay Market is very difficult, especially on weekends.  Please allow ample time to park your car so you can get to the starting point on time. 

Better yet, park somewhere else and take the Streetcar to Findlay Market on the Elm Street stop and you will be right at the starting point of the tour!