Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Old North Church & Historic Site is open for School Vacation Week, February 17 – 24, from 11am – 5pm. Built in 1723, Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and an icon of the American Revolution. Old North is famous for the events of April 18, 1775, when allies of Paul Revere secretly climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal that British forces were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. Come and explore Old North with a guided tour of the church's crypt, balcony, or bell ringing chamber. If you prefer to self-guide, we offer an immersive handheld audio tour of Old North's majestic sanctuary. For those with limited time, our general admission includes access to the sanctuary and exhibit and the chance to chat with our knowledgeable Educators.
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Neighbourhood: North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
How to get there
  • Haymarket • 7 min walk
  • North Station • 8 min walk
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  • Ruth J
    Columbus, Indiana19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bell Tower Tour
    My family of 4 attended the Bell Tower Tour. We enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the tower and how the bells operate. We also liked seeing the historic church. All staff members were extremely knowledgeable and friendly! We wanted to tour the crypts, it they are currently closed for restoration. The bell tour isn’t a “must” on the Freedom Trail, but stopping in to see the church is highly encouraged.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We arrived too late
    We did the Freedom Trail that ended at Faneuil Hall and decided to walk/explore on our own the North End. Not a far walk, we ended up arriving in the evening when it was closed. Didn’t get to see the inside but the outside looked amazing. Didn’t get a chance to hear or understand it’s place in history.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • SvenskaGirl
    Largo, Florida34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revolution’s Edge
    Revolution’s Edge is a play currently being performed in the Old North Church, on the weekends. Well worth sweating it out (it was 88 degrees inside during it). So interesting to be sitting in those 300 year old pews. Play was acted by three professional actors, and it was incredibly moving.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Midwest_Roamer22
    Lansing, Michigan45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revolution’s Edge worth the visit
    My family enjoyed the performance of Revolution’s Edge at the Old North Church, a production about the clash of ideals on the night the lanterns were hung, in the venue in which it actually occurred! The actors were excellent performers and the dialogue provocative and meaningful for any time period. I especially appreciated the characterization of Cato, a slave of the church pastor who is a Loyalist. It made me think about a slave held by my own revolutionary ancestor and what life must have been like for him. Even if there is no performance, the church is a worthwhile stop on the revolutionary trail.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    intresting for the history and nice neighbourhood
    We visited the church without guide and just went quickly throught it and read the info. We knew already something about the history, but the info on the boards about Paul Revere was intresting. And the whole neighbourhood is nice, certainly somthing you want to walk through when you're in Boston.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • CharlieMeyer2020
    Tulsa, Oklahoma82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WORSHIP WHERE YOUR FOREFATHERS WORSHIPPED
    It’s a woke church, but not in your face as plenty of others are in Boston, but you’re (probably) there to worship, not to convert or become a member. Plenty of conservative/traditional hymns/parts of the service with a great choir and organ. So, yes, absolutely positively attend (not just take the tour), but you must register on line in advance, because, as the saying goes-seating is limited. And don’t forget to generously contribute to the collection basket to keep spreading God’s word and also keep our great American Heritage alive.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a beautiful building where the sound of freedom began
    When following the Freedom Trail it will lead you into the North End of Boston and by Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church where the signaling of how the British are coming was done with lanterns. There are tours of the church when no services are being held as well as quaint gift shop. Remember to take a picture of the steeple (not the original one as it has had to be rebuilt due to weather.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American history!
    This is a wonderful historic site and one that I've visited several times over the years. I've only ever been able to do the self-guided tour, but there is lots of information to read throughout the church and there's lots of information placards. It's a lovely site and you can really feel the history come alive when you're here. My favorite part of the church and the part that has stuck with me throughout the years is that General Lafayette said that the bust of George Washington represented him better than any portrait of him. This is a must-see when you're in Boston and if you love history!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
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Evil_E207
Savannah417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
"One if by land..." . Well worth it to see the place so deeply rooted in our nation's history. The story on the angels is quite interesting. Take your time to learn it! A must stop!
Written January 3, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a wonderful historic site and one that I've visited several times over the years. I've only ever been able to do the self-guided tour, but there is lots of information to read throughout the church and there's lots of information placards. It's a lovely site and you can really feel the history come alive when you're here. My favorite part of the church and the part that has stuck with me throughout the years is that General Lafayette said that the bust of George Washington represented him better than any portrait of him.

This is a must-see when you're in Boston and if you love history!
Written December 27, 2023
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Rob G
Bedfordshire, UK96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Part of the freedom trail. Fee to enter the church.
It's a nice stroll to the church. Lots of shops on the walk to the church. Make the most of the opportunity.
Written November 20, 2023
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
When following the Freedom Trail it will lead you into the North End of Boston and by Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church where the signaling of how the British are coming was done with lanterns. There are tours of the church when no services are being held as well as quaint gift shop. Remember to take a picture of the steeple (not the original one as it has had to be rebuilt due to weather.
Written October 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rashae Williams
Yardley, PA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We came here with our 8 month old, I had booked the tickets online in advance, and they don't care the time, they hold anytime all day.
It was a great tour! The audio alone is about 40 mins straight, super fascinating, we didn't quite get through it all, but loved walking around and learning. It's not super stroller friendly, unless you're okay lifting up and down a few stairs, which we did, but would probably have carried her instead had we known.
Written October 21, 2023
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Jaime F
Hamilton, Canada25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Worth seeing and pay the little extra to see the crypt and hear the background. If you’re doing a history tour of Boston you can’t leave this out
Written October 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CharlieMeyer2020
Tulsa, OK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It’s a woke church, but not in your face as plenty of others are in Boston, but you’re (probably) there to worship, not to convert or become a member. Plenty of conservative/traditional hymns/parts of the service with a great choir and organ.
So, yes, absolutely positively attend (not just take the tour), but you must register on line in advance, because, as the saying goes-seating is limited. And don’t forget to generously contribute to the collection basket to keep spreading God’s word and also keep our great American Heritage alive.
Written October 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raf Roggeman
Asse, Belgium103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We visited the church without guide and just went quickly throught it and read the info. We knew already something about the history, but the info on the boards about Paul Revere was intresting.
And the whole neighbourhood is nice, certainly somthing you want to walk through when you're in Boston.
Written September 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Midwest_Roamer22
Lansing, MI45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My family enjoyed the performance of Revolution’s Edge at the Old North Church, a production about the clash of ideals on the night the lanterns were hung, in the venue in which it actually occurred! The actors were excellent performers and the dialogue provocative and meaningful for any time period. I especially appreciated the characterization of Cato, a slave of the church pastor who is a Loyalist. It made me think about a slave held by my own revolutionary ancestor and what life must have been like for him. Even if there is no performance, the church is a worthwhile stop on the revolutionary trail.
Written September 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TravelingBum10
United States2,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We walked by the church on our trail walk. It has a lot of plaques on the outside with some history markers. Very nice plaza area too
Written August 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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