Snaking through 2.5 miles (4 km) of city streets, the Freedom Trail creates a living link to Boston’s key revolutionary and colonial-era sites. Stroll from highlight to highlight and you’ll see history adopt a vibrancy, palpability, and relevance unparalleled among US cities. Some of Boston’s most unique shops, restaurants, and attractions are also located along the trail.

  • Start point: Boston Common. “T” station: Park St (red/green lines)

  • Finish point: Charlestown. “T” station: Community College (orange line)

  • www.thefreedomtrail.org

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

  • Snow Hill St

  • 617 635 4505

  • Open 9am–5pm daily

  • free

Park Street Church

An Hour of Freedom

For visitors tight on time, consider this condensed trail. Head up Tremont Street from Park Street “T” station, stopping in the Old Granary Burying Ground. At the corner of Tremont and School streets – site of King’s Chapel – turn right onto School and continue to Washington Street and the Old South Meeting House. Turn left on Washington to the Old State House then finish up at Faneuil Hall nearby on Congress Street.

Freedom Trail plaque

Give your sweet tooth a workout at Mike’s Pastry.

Maps of the trail are available at the Boston Common Visitors’ Center. Two-hour MP3 tours cost $15.

Most of the trail is indicated in red paint with a few sections in red brick.

From Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Freedom Trail continues across Charlestown Bridge to Charlestown Navy Yard

Top 10 Features
  1. Massachusetts State House

    Arguably Charles Bulfinch’s pièce de résistance, the “new” State House (completed in 1798 ) is one of the city’s most distinctive buildings.

  2. Park Street Church

    Founded by a small group of Christians disenchanted with their Unitarian-leaning congregation, Park Street Church was constructed in 1809.

  3. Old Granary Burying Ground

    A veritable who’s-who of revolutionary history fertilizes this plot next to Park Street Church. One of its most venerable residents is revolutionary Samuel Adams.

  4. King’s Chapel

    The current granite building was erected in 1749, although the chapel was originally founded in 1686 by King James II as an outpost of the Anglican Church. Don’t miss the atmospheric burying ground next door, which shelters colonial Governor John Winthrop .

  5. Old South Meeting House

    What Berkeley’s University of California was to the 1960s, Boston’s Old South Meeting House was to the colonial era: a crucible for free-speech debates and taxation protests .

  6. Old State House

    Built in 1713, this exquisite example of colonial architecture served as the HQ of the colonial legislature and the royal governor .

  7. Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market

    Known as the “Cradle of Liberty”, Faneuil Hal has hosted many revolutionary meetings in its time. Neighboring Quincy Market, built in the early 1800s, once housed Boston’s wholesale food distribution .

  8. Paul Revere House

    Nestled in North Square, the Paul Revere House is Boston’s oldest private residence. Its principal owner was well regarded locally as a metalsmith prior to his fateful ride .

  9. Old North Church

    This church occupies a pivotal place in revolutionary history. Prior to his midnight ride, Revere ordered sexton Robert Newman to hang lanterns in the belfry, to indicate whether the British were approaching via the Charles River or by land.

  10. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

    With headstones dating from the 17th century, Copp’s Hill is a must for history buffs. It was named after William Copp, a farmer who sold the land to the church .

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