Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site, Boston

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Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
Temporarily closedClosed until Feb 21, 2022
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The Old North Church & Historic Site welcomes visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. We are committed to bringing you the best experience possible while continuing to follow health and safety guidelines. $5 admission includes a self-guided tour through the church, with staff available to answer questions. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the church’s crypt for an additional $5. The enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. Built in 1723, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site.
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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.
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  • Haymarket • 7 min walk
  • North Station • 8 min walk
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cjmstone100
Philadelphia, PA132 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Luckily I read some other reviews that suggested that you pay for the tour... well take that advice... the tour was awesome, it takes you up to the old document storage room (that is still in use) then to the third level where the bell ringing room is located, which by the way is located behind the Paul Revere plaque that is visible on the outside of the Church. Then is gets better and the guide takes you into the old crypt. Lots of interesting stories and history. The top where the famous lanterns were lit is not accessible. Parking is a bear, there is a parking lot up the hill from the church, use it as most of the street parking is for residents only.

And if you are a Fallout 4 gamer, then the tour is a must.. you will see....
Written 30 December 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,648 contributions
Nov 2021
I visited the Old North Church in November 2021 as part of my doing the Freedom Trail from start to finish. The admission fee is $5 for a self-guided tour. I went inside and viewed the altar, pews, organ and signage. It was definitely worth it. And the Old North Church occupies an important place in history as this is where two lanterns were hung in the steeple to warn that the British were coming by sea in April 1775.
Written 6 December 2021
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Stuart H
Boise, ID141 contributions
Oct 2021
Exceptional experience at one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Today, it is known as Christ Church and is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Written 1 November 2021
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA899 contributions
Oct 2021
While this could be just another new england church, the history is amazing. The docent was very good in explaining every detail.
Written 29 October 2021
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David S
50 contributions
Sep 2021
Fascinating old church and historic site. Well worth visiting. Above all else, do the catacomb tour---crypts beneath the church. Tour guide provided great details and stories.
Written 22 September 2021
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Dana
Hobbs, NM18 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
The church was beautiful from and so recognizable from a distance. Enjoyed the interior and. What would have been like to worship in that setting during that time in history.
Written 16 September 2021
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chaletaria
London, United Kingdom514 contributions
Oct 2020
Best done as part of the Freedom Trail which is a walking tour (free, self guided) through historic Boston. The main trail is through central Boston, and tends to Old North Church, Copps Hill. The church is typical of the period and worth visiting with that in mind. However, it is not substantially different to other (closer) churches on the trail.
Written 16 September 2021
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thattexascouple
Fort Worth, TX68 contributions
Sep 2021
Of course, the church is famous for placing the lanterns that warned of the arrival of British forces during the American Revolution, but the church is so much more than just that. Be sure to take a tour of the inside to get a complete picture of the history here and take the crypt tour to learn about the burial ground beneath the church.
Written 13 September 2021
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Joe L
68 contributions
Sep 2021
It felt unreal to be where it all began. Even though Walt Whitman's poem was wrong, just to be here felt emotional.
Written 9 September 2021
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Carol M
East Chicago, IN38 contributions
Sep 2021
Docents was very good and the building is interesting. The pew boxes had additional information about the history of the church.
Written 8 September 2021
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