Beacon Hill Tours

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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

Follow a friendly professional photographer guide through Beacon Hill and learn how to capture amazing pictures in less than two hours. Enjoy historical commentary as you navigate walkways between key landmarks and head home with incredible images that capture this leisurely adventure.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Chocolate Tours

Focus on the chocolate-related history of Boston during this half-day tour. Your guide will lead the way on this walking tour from the North End to Beacon Hill, stopping at six different locations to savor chocolate tastings. Learn about the history of chocolate and other culinary features of Boston through focused commentary. You'll also get admission to the Patriots Corner historic site and Old North Church to visit at your leisure.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience the best of greater Boston’s top attractions in one day on this guided sightseeing tour around the city. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Then see Boston’s best spots, like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District and some of the historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS ‘Constitution.’ Travel in an air-conditioned luxury coach with an expert guide who will detail the day’s events. Downtown Boston hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$79.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets and American landmarks on a 2-hour Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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North End Pizza Tour

Enjoy some of the best pizza in Boston on this 2-hour walking food tour. Stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods, including, appropriately, Little Italy on the North End. Walk along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route that leads to 16 historically significant sites, like Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the USS ‘Constitution,’ to name a few. Visit three pizzerias, including Boston’s oldest, Regina Pizzeria. Enjoy a slice at each. It’s a fun and flavorful way to get to know Boston.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Discover the cinematic side of Boston on a 3-hour tour with your own private driver-guide. See the filming sites for movies and TV shows such as 'Mystic River,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'Cheers' in a deluxe private vehicle. Drive through the West End, North Boston, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston, and pass landmarks like the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Explore the best of the East Coast, from New York City to Boston, on this guided tour. Explore one of the nation's oldest cities and check out its many top attractions and landmarks, like Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, and much more. Along the way, learn about Beantown's history, architecture, and traditions from a Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour

Get a taste for Boston’s best pizza and beer on a guided, 2.5-hour pub crawl around the city. Boston taverns are legendary. In fact, our founding fathers planned the American Revolution in one of them, and it’s still open today. Step inside this historic pub and grab a cold one (or two) along with some of Boston’s best pizza. During the tour, you’ll explore some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, like Beacon Hill, the Blackstone Block, the North End and Charlestown and two taverns.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Guided Bike Tour of Boston

Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive 2.5- to 3-hour guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square, Fenway Park and Quincy Market. Ride along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. It’s a classic tour and a great overall introduction to Boston.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Boston Beantown Trolley Tour

Easily experience the breadth of Boston by hopping on the Beantown Trolley. This 3 hour narrated sightseeing tour offers 3 photo stops plus more than 125 points of interest along the way. See top Boston attractions like the Boston Common, Freedom Trail, Copley Square, and Fenway Park on this trolley tour through historic Boston.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour plus Boston Trolley

Experience the best of greater Boston’s top attractions on a two-day, guided sightseeing tour. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord in an air-conditioned, luxury coach. Then, on the another day of your choosing, see Boston’s best spots, like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District and the historic locations along the Freedom Trail, on a classic Beantown Trolley tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$80.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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US$350.00
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  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie Sites Tour by Luxury Rolls-Royce

Explore Boston's movie filming locations during a private 3-hour tour with your own driver. Ride in luxury in a Rolls-Royce Ghost to see where movies and TV shows such as 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Mystic River,' and 'Cheers' were filmed. You'll pass through North Boston, South Boston, the West End, downtown Boston, and Beacon Hill, and take in landmarks like the Boston Common and South Boston waterfront. Includes transportation by private luxury vehicle and driver-guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Aluminum Road Bike Rental

Explore the city streets of Boston on two wheels with an economical and health-conscious bike rental. Choose the 1-day rental and a high-end road bike. Then explore everything Beantown has to offer at leisure — from the North End, the city's oldest residential community, to the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill, plus Boston Common and everywhere else in and around this fascinating metropolis. Rental includes use of bicycle, plus lock, helmet, flat-tire kit, and lights, if desired. Bike rentals begin across from Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Availability begins at noon local time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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