Are there guides you can hire at the Acropolis? Or do they have tours you can join?
Megan, there are various options. If you mean, can you walk up to the ticket office, and there will be licensed guides standing around that you can hire at the spur of the moment, no. That exists at a few other ancient sites but not in Athens.
If you are willing to go with a group of up to 18 people, the best-known one is http://www.athenswalkingtours.gr -- a tour of about 3.5 hours that covers the acropolis and a number of other major monuments -- €38. Not including admission ticket) It can be followed after lunch by a 2nd tour that covers Acropolis Museum. If you want a small group (6 or less) with academic specialists, Context tours is well thought-of. If you want an individual guide, this is an excallent source -- description of guide & reviews, and what they charge per hour (for up to 6 people, and for larger groups) http://tourguides.viator.com/Listing.aspx?Country=Greece&Region=Attiki&City=Athens
One thing you should not fall for is the lure of the "taxi guide" who promises to take you all over. These are not licensed as tour guides and cannot take you IN to a site or museum.
A final resource is Rick Steves himself; his guidebook contains a step-by-step guide to Acropolis, and details of the Agora ... AND if you have a smartphone or I-Pod/MP3 player, I believe you can download an audio guide of same, to your device, Free or at least it used to be free.
thank you, i am going to check out all of your suggestions!
I was there in July and hired Faye a local guide to show me around the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. She was excellent. email: email@example.com
Or to go with a small group I would also recommend Context Tours or Athens Walking Tours.
Anastasia Gaitanou is also an excellent private guide. firstname.lastname@example.org but she is very popular and therefore usually booked.
FAYE for sure