Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Uncover the church’s secrets and stories with an immersive audio guide, as you make your way through the sanctuary’s unique box pews and new exhibit. Explore the crypt where 1,100 souls were laid to rest, learn the hidden history of the balcony where free and enslaved Black people once sat, or tour the bell chamber where Paul Revere rang bells as a teenager. Old North’s campus is also home to two gift shops, scenic gardens, and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, a reproduction colonial-style print shop that offers free printing press demonstrations.
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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 • 9 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 27 June 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California245 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 5 July 2023
  • SvenskaGirl
    Largo, Florida32 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 29 July 2023
  • Midwest_Roamer22
    Lansing, Michigan43 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 3 September 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 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 23 September 2023
  • CharlieMeyer2020
    Tulsa, Oklahoma85 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 8 October 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,350 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 26 October 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,586 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 27 December 2023
  • Sharples
    397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where Paul Revere rang the Bell
    Why a small beautiful area for history of the American Revolution. There is a memorial to the war dead that's quite different. An area of Sanctuary and the church. There is a gift shop as well. Definitely worth the walk through and thought.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 May 2024
  • jerrys01
    Bel Air, Maryland587 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of history
    My wife and I took the self-guided tour of the church. I found the construction of the pew 'pods' interesting. The church is fairly simple in design (compared to some churches I've seen in Europe), but I did find the pew finished in red velvet pretty interesting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I took the self-guided tour of the church. I found the construction of the pew 'pods' interesting. The church is fairly simple in design (compared to some churches I've seen in Europe), but I did find the pew finished in red velvet pretty interesting.
Written 12 May 2024
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Sharples
Hilton Head, South Carolina397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Why a small beautiful area for history of the American Revolution. There is a memorial to the war dead that's quite different. An area of Sanctuary and the church. There is a gift shop as well. Definitely worth the walk through and thought.
Written 5 May 2024
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newyorker2762
New York City, NY21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I visited the North Church over the weekend. I got the self guided tour. Church is beautiful. We also got to go into the crypt below. We walked to a 15ft hallway to see 2 or 3 grave stone. I walked down the other hall way to get yelled at saying i can't be there because I am not on a guided tour.....There was no barrier or anything stating this. Like C'mon charging what you charge to see a basement and getting yelled at because I walked past the "Self Guided tour" area. Not worth the Price. For me to say this it must be a problem. I will pay to get into any historic site. Being a history nerd but, can't see it here.
Written 29 April 2024
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
You've heard the line, "One if by land and two if by sea." Well, this is the church from where those lanterns were hung on the night of April 18, 1775.
We took a tour of the upper gallery because we wanted to get a close-up look at the 1759 pipe organ and the 17th century angels flanking it. Unfortunately what we got was a story about how the blacks in New England were shafted during the 1700's. The guide said very little about the organ or the angels because she was too busy talking about how the gallery/balcony seats were the worst in the house (true) and so they made the blacks sit up there. For sure, that probably occurred but it is not the most important thing that happened in that building although the docent wanted us to believe it was. The organ and the angels are really neat and it's hard to believe they've survived this long. You SHOULD visit the church but SKIP the balcony tour.
Written 10 April 2024
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Evil_E207
Savannah406 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 3 January 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,586 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 27 December 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 20 November 2023
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,350 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 26 October 2023
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Rashae Williams
Yardley, PA42 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 21 October 2023
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Jaime F
Hamilton, Canada32 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 13 October 2023
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