Guide Services in Turku and surroundings
In addition to the Finnish language, our guides can also provide the following languages: English, Spanish, Esperanto, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, French, Swedish, German, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian and Albanian.
The weekday prices will be valid from Monday to Saturday 6am- 11pm. The Sunday prices and public holidays are valid for 24 hours (the whole day).
General and reserved tours
General tours of the Heikki Marila exhibition in Finnish on Wednesdays at 17.00 and Sundays at 14.00. Tours in Swedish on the last Sunday of the month at 15.00.
These tours are included in the entrance fee.
Book a tour
- phone 02 262 0850
- Groups of fewer than 30 people, one guide 69€ + entrance fee
- Groups of more than 30 people, two guides 138€ + entrance fee
Join a guided tour in Turku Castle! Hear fascinating stories about the castle's history. Daily tours in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian during high season.
The tour will go through the medieval part of the Castle. During the guided tour you will hear about everyday life, celebrations, war and love within the Castle walls.
Everyday Life and Festivities at Turku Castle
Guided tours daily during the summer season.
In English 11.10, 12.10, 13.10, 14.10, 15.10, 16.10
Groups can explore the museum independently or with a guide.
NB: We do welcome pre-booked group visits even when the museum is closed in the spring and autumn.
Bloodletting and noble life
What is stinking gum? Who needed arsenic? Who had to pay luxury tax? The Qwensel House is much more than a Pharmacy Museum. There is a part of the museum that is over 300 years old and houses an 18th century gentry’s apartment, once occupied by the famous professor of medicine Josef Pipping.
Groups can tour the museum with a guide or independently.
Guided tours will explore the museum’s history, research projects and exhibition. The tours are tailored accordingly for child, adult and special groups.
The preferred maximum group size is 15 people; however this can be negotiated if needed.
Pentathlon at Kylämäki
You can test your fitness in the playful pentathlon at Kylämäki. You will need traditional skills and smarts when you’re pulling sheets or running in a bean bag relay race. Can you still write with an authentic ballpoint pen? You will spend a pleasant day together racing in good fun.
You can reserve delicious snacks from the café Omena ja Kaneli to enjoy at the end of your day.
Day with a maid
This tour is planned for children in kindergarten or preschool. The maid of Kylämäki will act as your guide and tell the little visiting maids and farmworkers about the grounds and chores in the village.
The domestic animals in Kylämäki are a favourite amongst children and will no doubt get lots of attention during this tour. The dwellers of the Vähä-Kohmo farm will tell you many interesting, and even a bit thrilling, stories about the old days.
The skills of the future wife are tested in a light-minded manner. How good is the bride in crafts, cow calling and women’s gymnastics? Her education will also be tested in a 1950s class room.
During the bridal tour you will learn about the history of Kylämäki, visit the Iso-Kohmo house and learn some traditional cooking.
Duration: 2 hours
Group size 10-15 people
You should bring outdoor clothing and good shoes.
Throw a memorable birthday party at the farm! The energetic maid Lempi will lead you to an adventure in the 1950s village. The secret pathway, the barn corner and the kitchen-cum-living room serve as the atmospheric background for stories about the animals and people of the village. You will get to try old-time games and trials of strength as well as play house, shopkeeper and school.
Duration 2 hours
Preferred group size 10-12 children
Schools in the past
What was it like when your grandmother went to school? How did they behave back then and what did they learn in school? These are some of the questions pupils will get answers to with the guidance of the mistress of Kylämäki, all in the spirit of the 1950s.
There are daily guided tours in Luostarinmäki in the summertime. You can get the tour in Finnish, Swedish or English, and no reservation is needed. The guided tour takes about 45 minutes.
Summer tours in 2017
12 Jun – 16 Aug
daily at 11.45 and 15.45
26 Aug – 3 Sep
on Saturdays and Sundays at at 11.45 and 15.45
Entrance fee + tour fee 3€
The Middle Ages Tour
- Learn what the everyday life and festivities were like hundreds of years ago in Turku Castle. You will also take a peek at the jail and hear about Gustav Vasa and Jaakko Ilkka. The tour is suitable for all ages.
- Price: 69 € + entrance fee. Duration: 1 h.
Turku is a city of shipbuilders, whose shipyards have employed the likes of former President Mauno Koivisto as well as several generations of worki