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Beacon Hill Tours

Home to the Massachusetts State House, Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is reminiscent of 19th-century London, replete with cobbled streets and brownstone buildings bedecked with flower-filled window boxes. At night, gas lanterns flicker to life and create a romantic atmosphere for fine dining and bar-hopping. 

The Basics
Bordered by the Charles River Esplanade and the city’s vast public gardens, Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s most picturesque haunts. Wander the narrow streets and browse boutique shops on Charles Street or in stately Louisburg Square, sip coffee in a European-style café, or enjoy dinner at one of the neighborhood’s upscale restaurants. 

You can also delve into the area’s history on a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, or visit as part of a guided bike excursion. Artistically inclined visitors can capture Beacon Hill’s historic charm on a photo tour with a professional photographer, while history buffs can learn about the area’s Jewish roots on a cultural walking tour and foodies can taste pizza and local brews on a food and bar crawl.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a camera to capture Acorn Street, one of the most-photographed streets in the United States. 
  • Walking is the best way to get around in Beacon Hill. The cobbled streets and brick sidewalks can be steep and uneven, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Most intersections are equipped with handicap-accessible ramps, but some areas may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Beacon Hill is located in the heart of downtown Boston, a short jaunt across the Charles River from Cambridge. Public parking is available, but you can also get here via the subway, also known as the T. The nearest airport is Boston Logan, roughly 15 minutes by road from Beacon Hill. 

When to Get There
In summer, crowds flock to the Boston Common and Charles River to stroll and sunbathe. While the weather can be hot during the day, there are plenty of spots to stop for cool refreshments. Spring and fall are also good times to visit due to milder weather. Winter visitors can enjoy holiday decorations, ice skating in the Common, and seasonal events.

Beacon Hill History
Beacon Hill earned its name when a Revolutionary War beacon was erected here to warn neighboring communities of British invaders. In 1795, Charles Bulfinch and the Mount Vernon Proprietors began to develop Beacon Hill into an elegant residential community full of picturesque streets, adjoining brick row houses, and Greek Revival–style homes. The neighborhood was also an important abolitionist center during the Civil War, and the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill’s North Slope was a hub on the Underground Railroad. Today, you can learn about the area’s historic past at the Boston Athenaeum, Nichols House Museum, and Museum of African American History. 

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PhotoWalks Beacon Hill Tour, Boston, null
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PhotoWalks Beacon Hill Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Walking along the picturesque streets of Beacon Hill is an immersion into a 19th-century English-inspired neighborhood that's rich in history and charm.   ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour, Boston, Photography Tours
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Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

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Tour the Boston Common and Beacon Hill areas and visit more than 30 movie locations on this captivating movie and TV walking tour! This tour is a must for film ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Boston Jewish Culture Walking Tour, Boston, Movie & TV Tours
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Boston Jewish Culture Walking Tour

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Discover the depth of Jewish culture in Boston on this 2-hour walking tour. Visit the Vilna Shul, West End House, typical Jewish homes, and the Holocaust ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour, Boston, Walking Tours
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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the very best of Boston in one day on this fully narrated sightseeing tour of the area's major sights. First, journey through the historic towns of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
North End Pizza Tour, Boston, Full-day Tours
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North End Pizza Tour

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Treat yourself to some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour. Explore the city’s oldest neighborhoods and visit historic sites along the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Guided Bike Tour of Boston, Boston, Food Tours
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Guided Bike Tour of Boston

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Discover Boston’s famous sites and hidden treasures on this 2.5 to 3-hour guided bike tour – a perfect way to explore the city! Start at Little Italy in ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.75
Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour, Boston, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour

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Raise a pint to the spirits of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and George Washington as you relive more than 375 years of tavern history in Boston. This informative ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour, Boston, Food Tours
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Boston on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. See the Victorian brownstone homes in Back Bay. Explore the historic Beacon Hill ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Boston Beantown Trolley Tour, Boston, Walking Tours
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Boston Beantown Trolley Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston, Boston, Trolley Tours
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover Boston the way you want to on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Customize your itinerary with your guide to ensure you see all of the highlights on ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $350.00

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