Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site

Old North Church & Historic Site
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Built in 1723, Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and an icon of the American Revolution. Old North is famous for the events of April 18, 1775, when allies of Paul Revere secretly climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal that British forces were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. Uncover the church’s secrets and stories with an immersive audio guide, as you make your way through the sanctuary’s unique box pews and new exhibit. Explore the crypt where 1,100 souls were laid to rest, learn the hidden history of the balcony where free and enslaved Black people once sat, or tour the bell chamber where Paul Revere rang bells as a teenager. Old North’s campus is also home to two gift shops, scenic gardens, and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, a reproduction colonial-style print shop that offers free printing press demonstrations.
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Haymarket • 7 min walk
  • North Station • 8 min walk
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  • SvenskaGirl
    Largo, Florida32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revolution’s Edge
    Revolution’s Edge is a play currently being performed in the Old North Church, on the weekends. Well worth sweating it out (it was 88 degrees inside during it). So interesting to be sitting in those 300 year old pews. Play was acted by three professional actors, and it was incredibly moving.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Midwest_Roamer22
    Lansing, Michigan43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revolution’s Edge worth the visit
    My family enjoyed the performance of Revolution’s Edge at the Old North Church, a production about the clash of ideals on the night the lanterns were hung, in the venue in which it actually occurred! The actors were excellent performers and the dialogue provocative and meaningful for any time period. I especially appreciated the characterization of Cato, a slave of the church pastor who is a Loyalist. It made me think about a slave held by my own revolutionary ancestor and what life must have been like for him. Even if there is no performance, the church is a worthwhile stop on the revolutionary trail.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    intresting for the history and nice neighbourhood
    We visited the church without guide and just went quickly throught it and read the info. We knew already something about the history, but the info on the boards about Paul Revere was intresting. And the whole neighbourhood is nice, certainly somthing you want to walk through when you're in Boston.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • CharlieMeyer2020
    Tulsa, Oklahoma87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WORSHIP WHERE YOUR FOREFATHERS WORSHIPPED
    It’s a woke church, but not in your face as plenty of others are in Boston, but you’re (probably) there to worship, not to convert or become a member. Plenty of conservative/traditional hymns/parts of the service with a great choir and organ. So, yes, absolutely positively attend (not just take the tour), but you must register on line in advance, because, as the saying goes-seating is limited. And don’t forget to generously contribute to the collection basket to keep spreading God’s word and also keep our great American Heritage alive.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a beautiful building where the sound of freedom began
    When following the Freedom Trail it will lead you into the North End of Boston and by Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church where the signaling of how the British are coming was done with lanterns. There are tours of the church when no services are being held as well as quaint gift shop. Remember to take a picture of the steeple (not the original one as it has had to be rebuilt due to weather.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,751 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American history!
    This is a wonderful historic site and one that I've visited several times over the years. I've only ever been able to do the self-guided tour, but there is lots of information to read throughout the church and there's lots of information placards. It's a lovely site and you can really feel the history come alive when you're here. My favorite part of the church and the part that has stuck with me throughout the years is that General Lafayette said that the bust of George Washington represented him better than any portrait of him. This is a must-see when you're in Boston and if you love history!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Sharples
    399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where Paul Revere rang the Bell
    Why a small beautiful area for history of the American Revolution. There is a memorial to the war dead that's quite different. An area of Sanctuary and the church. There is a gift shop as well. Definitely worth the walk through and thought.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
  • jerrys01
    Bel Air, Maryland620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of history
    My wife and I took the self-guided tour of the church. I found the construction of the pew 'pods' interesting. The church is fairly simple in design (compared to some churches I've seen in Europe), but I did find the pew finished in red velvet pretty interesting.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2024
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John B
Norristown, PA285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was really an amazing experience. I am very into history, so I found seeing where the lanterns were placed to warn the riders to warn the militia the regulars, not the British, were coming by sea. This eventually led to the fighting at Lexington and Concord. Paul Revere contributed, but there were other riders who deserve credit. The church was also very nice and was on the Freedom Trail.
Written March 31, 2020
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CMPTexas
Tucson, AZ844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Legend was made here! The Old North Church in Historic Downtown Boston is the very church that Paul Revere waited for the famous signal; "One if by land, two if by sea." Drive or walk down the tiny, narrow Boston streets to this very church, where in the steeple were displayed two lanterns signaling a warning to Revere how the British troops were to be traveling, leading the the famous ride of Paul Revere toward Lexington and Concord warning citizens that the "British were coming!" Beautiful building church and elaborate steeple. It's like taking a step back in time.
Written October 5, 2020
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Midwest_Roamer22
Lansing, MI43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My family enjoyed the performance of Revolution’s Edge at the Old North Church, a production about the clash of ideals on the night the lanterns were hung, in the venue in which it actually occurred! The actors were excellent performers and the dialogue provocative and meaningful for any time period. I especially appreciated the characterization of Cato, a slave of the church pastor who is a Loyalist. It made me think about a slave held by my own revolutionary ancestor and what life must have been like for him. Even if there is no performance, the church is a worthwhile stop on the revolutionary trail.
Written September 3, 2023
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Chuckmidwest
Omaha, NE261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Was really interesting and kind of humbling to see this little church and understanding just what a big role it played in events. Go visit it and make sure to stop by gift shop. one of the best quality of items of any at these types of sites.
Written August 3, 2021
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
You've heard the line, "One if by land and two if by sea." Well, this is the church from where those lanterns were hung on the night of April 18, 1775.
We took a tour of the upper gallery because we wanted to get a close-up look at the 1759 pipe organ and the 17th century angels flanking it. Unfortunately what we got was a story about how the blacks in New England were shafted during the 1700's. The guide said very little about the organ or the angels because she was too busy talking about how the gallery/balcony seats were the worst in the house (true) and so they made the blacks sit up there. For sure, that probably occurred but it is not the most important thing that happened in that building although the docent wanted us to believe it was. The organ and the angels are really neat and it's hard to believe they've survived this long. You SHOULD visit the church but SKIP the balcony tour.
Written April 10, 2024
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY7,530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Old North Church towers in the North End of Boston. Tip for first timers: you can walk down certain streets and obtain a better photograph than standing right next to the old Church. Different streets give you different angles. I believe this is pretty much a required destination if you visit Boston as a tourist.
Written October 11, 2020
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CharlieMeyer2020
Tulsa, OK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It’s a woke church, but not in your face as plenty of others are in Boston, but you’re (probably) there to worship, not to convert or become a member. Plenty of conservative/traditional hymns/parts of the service with a great choir and organ.
So, yes, absolutely positively attend (not just take the tour), but you must register on line in advance, because, as the saying goes-seating is limited. And don’t forget to generously contribute to the collection basket to keep spreading God’s word and also keep our great American Heritage alive.
Written October 8, 2023
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Russ A
Tampa, FL196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Old North Church is an important part of our country's early and more recent history, and has been lovingly preserved. For a low admission fee, one can take a self-guided tour, and guided tours are also available. Old North is also a working church, will Sunday services. Don't miss the gift shop.
Written August 28, 2022
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SvenskaGirl
Largo, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Revolution’s Edge is a play currently being performed in the Old North Church, on the weekends. Well worth sweating it out (it was 88 degrees inside during it). So interesting to be sitting in those 300 year old pews. Play was acted by three professional actors, and it was incredibly moving.
Written July 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lacey S
Cleveland, GA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Bell Tower Tour is a great addition to a visit to the Old North Church, the church from which the "two if by sea" lanterns made famous by Henry Longfellow Wadsworth's poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." In addition to admission to the church which includes an informative presentation by a docent, you also get to climb the stairs to the bell tower. Be warned - the steps are steep and there's curve, but it's manageable unless you really are not able to climb stairs normally. Unfortunately, the stairs are not original to the church, and the minister who hung the lanterns from the bell tower that fateful night climbed a series of internal ladders that no longer exist, but the area you visit on the tour is the area from which the bells are still rung. Additionally, the tour takes you underground, into the original crypt and the docent provides intriguing details about its inhabitants.
Written January 10, 2020
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