Historic Downtown Walking Tour | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos by (l-r): Douglas Hill; Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy (3)

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 11:00am Sold Out
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 10:00am Sold Out
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 11:00am Sold Out
Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:00am Sold Out
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11:00am Sold Out
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 10:00am Sold Out

NOTICE: On March 11, the Bradbury Building closed to the public due to health concerns related to COVID-19. Until further notice, this tour will include only an exterior exploration of the Bradbury Building.

Explore some of L.A.’s most beloved landmarks, such as the Central Library, the U.S. Bank Tower, and the Bradbury Building

Never taken one of our tours? Our Historic Downtown walking tour offers a great overview of downtown L.A. history and architecture, from the eighteenth century to the present.

Discover—or rediscover—the area’s unique character as you visit the areas surrounding Pershing Square, the heart of downtown. Learn about the founding of this great city, and the story of its growth, as told through its magnificent architecture.

Note: The Historic Downtown tour itinerary now includes a ride aboard the historic funicular Angels Flight. The cost to ride aboard Angels Flight is included in the cost of your tour. Tour-goers who choose not to ride Angels Flight may use a staircase that parallels the funicular's route (but there is no fare refund). Angels Flight is not wheelchair accessible. 



Walk-ins Accepted (subject to availability)

Please have exact change (cash or check, no credit cards) and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. Groups of 5 or more are strongly encouraged to have advance reservations. Please note that if the tour reaches capacity, patrons with paid reservations have priority.

If you have an informal group, like a Meet Up, and are planning on designating a tour to come to, please let us know by emailing info@laconservancy.org or calling (213) 623-2489, so that we can have enough docents available.

Meeting Location

Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and Sixthth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tours meet in the center of the park near the mini-groves of Orange trees. 


$9 after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.


Red Line to Pershing Square Station. Follow the signs to Pershing Square exit, then cross the street to the park. For details, visit metro.net.

Important Policies
  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • You can change your reservation date if you contact us at info@laconservancy.org at least 24 hours before your original reservation date.
  • No pets.
  • This tour is not recommended for young children.
  • Strollers not recommended.
  • If a member of your party is in a wheelchair, please let us know in advance by emailing info@laconservancy.org.
All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours.

Featured Location(s)

Grand Central Market
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Grand Central Market

In continuous operation as a market since 1917 out of two adjacent buildings built in 1897 and 1905, one of which was the first reinforced concrete building erected in Southern California.
Photo by Douglas Hill/ShootingArchitecture.com

Bradbury Building

Still splendid more than 100 years after its 1893 opening, its magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings make this one of downtown's most photographed icons.
Metro 417
Photo by Floyd Bariscale

Metro 417

Designed in the Beaux Arts style with Italian Renaissance ornamentation, this 1926 building has dual entrances, one to the offices above, and one to a concourse that served the city's early subway.
Photo courtesy Rising Realty Partners


Designed by premier L.A. architects, the former headquarters of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance is now teeming with new life as creative office space.
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

The CalEdison

One of the first all-electrically heated and cooled buildings constructed in the western United States, this fourteen-story, steel-framed 1931 treasure follows a classically inspired Art Deco design.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Bunker Hill Steps

The ties between downtown L.A. and its Bunker Hill origins have been tenuous at best. The Bunker Hill Steps, built in 1989, aimed to remedy that.
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Angels Flight

One of L.A.'s most enduring landmarks and the "shortest railway in the world" opened in 1901, and the funicular still carries passengers between Hill Street, just steps from Metro's Pershing Square Station, and the top of Bunker Hill.