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Old City Hall

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Address: 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108-3204

Once Boston's city hall, this beautiful building is now home to one of the...

Once Boston's city hall, this beautiful building is now home to one of the city's finest restaurants.

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Impressive history

As a part of the Freedom Trail it's a building with a lot of history. It's impressive to see, and don't forget to visit this building when it's dark due the lightning.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Old City Hall is a fantastic landmark in Boston, adjacent to the Freedom Trail and Boston's oldest graveyard. An impressive structure, Old City Hall boasts inspiring architecture and a tremendous amount of history - a must see in Boston.

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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

As a part of the Freedom Trail it's a building with a lot of history. It's impressive to see, and don't forget to visit this building when it's dark due the lightning.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great architecture and a beatiful place to stop and visit while exploring Boston. We actually stopped and grabbed breakfast to-go one morning and brought it over to City Hall and ate our food at one of the tables that are there while listening to all the different tour guides come and go - a great way to learn more without... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Couldn't go inside the building when I visited which is a shame but the history behind this building was awesome. It used to be a Latin school for boys (girls from 1972) and got converted not so long ago. You will come across this attraction if you participate in the Freedom Trail. The famous statue of Benjamin Franklin is in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful historical building from the new england days. Incredibly pretty at night. A worthwhile visit along the Freedom Trail.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

The visit to the old city hall preferably on weekdays which you can tour inside the building. Not much to see only the two big statues and took a picture with Benjamin Franklin. On the front gate is the symbol of our two political party, the donkey and the elephant. It's crowded on weekdays and this is part of your... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This isn't on the Freedom Trail, so I'm not sure how we happened upon it, but the Old City Hall is a quick stop. It's now a steakhouse, so it's just good for a photo, but the Boston Latin School marker is on the ground out front, and the kids like to sit on the Democrat donkey. There are shoe... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

This is on the Freedom Trail, but not worth much more than a quick picture It's a cool building, but is now a steak house. The courtyard is nice and shady.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Along the Freedom Trail, on school street, you'll see the Old City Hall. It's an interesting building to look at, and there are a couple of statues out front, including native Bostonian Benjamin Franklin, and a donkey (on which you can sit your children and take a picture). Besides that, there isn't anything to do here.

Thank capt_nutso
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Easy to find, very cool old gravestones to look at. There's also a restaurant but I think it would be kind of creepy to look at graves when eating, but that's me. The donkey statue is a great photo opportunity., the donkey of course stands for the Democratic Party. Also a big bronze statue of Ben Franklin.

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