Sydney Old Town Walking Tour & Celtic Experience

1.5 hours | Sydney | Y Q Y - 3 8 0
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Points of Interest

  • Celtic Heritage
Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Visit the north end of Sydney's most historical sights all within just steps of your ship. From the dock, your costumed guide will lead you on a leisurely stroll on to the Esplanade, a street that parallels the waterfront and is studded with monuments and plaques that commemorate some of the city's famous people and events.

Your first stop is St. Patrick's Church. Erected in 1828, the Gothic Revival style stone building is the oldest standing Roman Catholic Church in eastern Nova Scotia. Adjacent to the church is a small graveyard with the earliest gravestone dating from 1798. Today the church is a museum that houses a collection of artifacts from the early days of Sydney. Next you'll walk to Jost Heritage House, one of the oldest remaining wooden buildings in Sydney. Built in 1787 by Samuel Sparrow and purchased in 1836 by Thomas Jost, a prominent merchant. The basement has been restored to its original 18th century kitchen complete with a cooking fireplace, and a separate beehive bake oven. Exhibits are displayed throughout the house and small antiques and collectibles are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Then it's a short walk to the Cossit House, the oldest house in Sydney. Fully restored and filled with authentic 18th century furniture and artifacts, it looks much the same today as it did when it was built in 1785 by Rev. Ranna Cossit, the city's first Anglican minister. Chat with the costumed guides and learn what life was like for a typical British colonial family during the 1700s.

The former Bank of Montreal is your last stop. This classically inspired building was build by Sir Andrew Taylor in 1899 to serve the influx of capital and population that came with the economic boom in Sydney during and after the construction of the steel mills. Enjoy a cup of tea and a oatcake before you leave to return to the ship escorted by your guide if you wish or enjoy a stroll at your leisure in downtown Sydney. At the end of the tour, it's only a 10-minute walk back to the dock.

Special Notes:

Wear low heeled, comfortable walking shoes. This walking tour is conducted at a leisurely pace, covers about one mile, and departs with the guide directly from the dock.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart ship, 5 min walk uphill to St. Patrick's Church Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Inside visit of St. Patrick's Church Museum

Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Short walk to Jost Heritage House

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:05
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Inside visit to Jost Heritage House

Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Short walk to Cossitt House

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:05
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Inside visit to Cossitt House

Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Continue walk to Historic BMO Building

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Enjoy Refreshments inside BMO Building

Time at site:
00:25
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Return walk to pier

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15