Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour in Boston

From USD 45.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
  • Discover the historic sights of Boston during this walking tour along the famous Freedom Trail
  • Get a dose of early American History during this visit to some of Boston's most famous landmarks
  • Check colonial-era attractions like Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the site of the Boston Massacre
  • See modern Boston as you check out skyscrapers like the John Hancock Tower
  • Great way to get a sense for the numerous historic attractions of Boston

What's Included

  • 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston
  • See popular sites between Faneuil Hall and Copley Square including Old State House & Quincy Market
  • Stroll through the Boston Public Garden and view the Swan Boats
  • See Victorian Brownstones throughout the Back Bay neighborhood
  • Professional/Local Guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 28 State Street
    28 State Street, 28 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

    Departure Point: The corner of State and Congress Streets (outside 28 State Street), across from the Old State House Address: 28 State Street, Boston, MA 02109 Dates: Daily

Start time

10:00 am

End point

  • 590 Boylston St
    590 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

    Copley Square. Note that this tour does not return to the Starting Point.

What To Expect

Meet your knowledgeable guide in the morning across the street from Boston’s Old State House. Take your first steps along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail, a historic walking path that snakes past many of Beantown’s most famous landmarks from the colonial and revolutionary-eras. Check out the stately Faneuil Hall and explore both Boston’s Old and New State Houses before stopping to pay your respects at the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

Continue by foot past the Old Corner Bookstore and King’s Chapel before heading toward Boston’s downtown area. As you head into the forest of skyscrapers, catch a few glimpses of the Boston of old along the way, including Boston Common, the Public Garden, and one of the world’s smallest suspension bridges.

Arriving downtown, gaze up at the John Hancock Tower before passing by the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church? Want to feel like a real winner? Make sure to take a ceremonial pass over the finish line location for the famous Boston Marathon. End your trip amidst the beautiful architecture of Copley Square.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Operated by Boston CityWalks

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

There is allot of walking so if it's cold, could be challenging but our guide was so entertaining we didn't mind the weather.
If you are looking for tour that covers some revolutionary war history and more recent Boston history, this is a great tour.


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Enjoyed our small group ,...
Doris_S, Sept 2023
Enjoyed our small group , the weather was nice. Our guide was super ! Loved seeing the beautiful gardens. I was thinking we were going to see mire older buildings.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Glad you enjoyed the tour, but not sure I understand the older buildings comment. We saw and talked about Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Custom House Tower, Old State House, Ames Building, Old Corner Bookstore, Winthrop Building, Old South Meeting House, Old City Hall, Kings Chapel, Tremont Temple, Park Street Church and the New State House - and that was just the Freedom Trail portion! Plus we saw a lot more as well.
Freedom trail would probably be informative with right guide.
Lynn_S, Aug 2023
Our tour guide Andrew went off the freedom trail path and was more interested in showing us his family connection such as a road and her grave site. It was more of an architectural tour of building than the freedom trail . Went to three parks not sure why . Also Paul Reece was not even mentioned he said that was overrated. No mention of North Church either.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
The Freedom Trail was created so folks would not get lost trying to see the historic spots. Although it is now a row of bricks, it is not "set in stone" if you know what I mean. In fact, several parts have changed over the years. And good tour guides will "adjust" the route to include things you may not otherwise see. Andrew has some historic family connections too that most people rather enjoy. The tour is, by the way, a history, historic architecture and cultural tour, so, yes, some architecture and its relation to Boston history is included. I am not sure who Paul Reese is, but I suspect you meant Paul Revere. And we certainly talk about him and the Old North Church and the Midnight Ride when we visit his gravesite in the Old Granary Cemetary. We also visit Boston Common and talk about its history as well as the beautiful Public Garden and its creation in relation to Back Bay. Not sure what third park you mean. Hope this clears all this up for you.
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Mike_D, July 2023
Great tour guide. It was so informative. It was also good as it gave you some ideas on places you might want to go back and visit.
Response from Host, July 2023
Thanks so much for the kind words and happy it inspired you to go to other places as well.
Great Tour
Helen_M, July 2023
This was a great tour, Andrew our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and interesting- I would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, July 2023
Happy you enjoyed the tour - and Andrew!
Good tour
Barbara_T, July 2023
Guide was great- it was raining but he kept going and we enjoyed all of was a small group tour ( had not requested that). But made it very nice.
Response from Host, July 2023
We can handle a little rain, right?
No costumes needed
Michelle_W, June 2023
Loved that my group with small and personable. Truly felt like a personal tour and that made the whole experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny, kind and just an all around wonderful guy! Thank you!
Response from Host, June 2023
Aw, shucks! I'm blushing.
Guide had excellent...
Kathleen_Y, June 2023
Guide had excellent knowledge of the freedom tour. Pointed out many historical points and was extremely nice.Great experience.
Response from Host, June 2023
So glad you had a great experience!
Historic information and fun
Vicki_B, June 2023
The grave yard beacon hill Wound up being ba beautiful day very enjoyable or guide Allen was very knowledgeable and knew history of cc asked a question he had an answer Would definitely recommend
Response from Host, June 2023
It was my pleasure. Thanks!
Not very educational. Did...
Michael_D, June 2023
Not very educational. Did not need to see the sushi bar at Walgreens. The tour guide was pleasant but not very informative.
Response from Host, June 2023
Walgreens is not an integral part of the tour. Just trying to inject a little humor as we passed by the window with a casual comment. Would hope you heard about the history, architecture and culture of the areas around there instead of focusing on just that.
Average tour
Winnie_W, June 2023
I have done Freedom trail tour with another group before and this one by far is not as good. The tour guide was not thorough, explanation was short and not engaging.
Response from Host, June 2023
I am sorry you did not enjoy the tour. We did get a lot of positive input from the other attendees that day so I am not sure what the specifics might be for you. Can you please shed some light?
Enjoyable tour
Sarah_C, June 2023
Learned a lot of interesting information. It was a great pace. I also enjoyed that the group size wasn’t too large.
Response from Host, June 2023
Glad you enjoyed the tour!
Great intro to Boston
April_K, May 2023
Allen was a great tour guide! Perfect start to a trip to Boston especially if you are new to the city.
Response from Host, May 2023
I appreciate your kind words.
Wanda_A, Apr 2023
The history of Boston is amazing. We love little Italy and the amazing cannoli and all the local pubs
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Agree that the history of Boston IS amazing. We share our love for the North End, cannoli and local pubs. Add in interesting architecture too!
Good tour.
Christi_N, Nov 2022
Good tour. Informative and friendly. It was challenging to hear the guide in some spots because of the noise around us. He had great recommendations for a place to get hot chocolate and have lunch after the tour. Would recommend.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Happy you enjoyed the tour and recommended food places. Next time let the guide know you are having difficulty hearing so he can mitigate that.
Learned so much!
Alex_C, Nov 2022
We started at the State House and immediately I was learning so many things about the history of Boston. The walk was pretty mild and you don't have to get far for a new, good story because, well, Boston. Our guide was SO nice. He was a Boston local and was so sweet! We had lots of questions and he knew the answers to every single one and always had a great joke up his sleeve. Boston has so much really neat history that you would never know unless someone told you, and that's exactly what we wanted this tour to do for us. It delivered!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
So happy you enjoyed the tour and sounds as if you fell in love with Boston! Maybe we'll see more of you....
Awesome tour
Marta_G, Oct 2022
Great tour and very informative.!!!! He spoke a lot about the history of Boston and wen to the historical sites.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Happy you enjoyed the historic aspects of the tour.
Not the full Freedom Trail = Disappointment
Kayla_B, Oct 2022
This tour doesn’t include the full freedom trail. It covered a lot of architecture which I wasn’t very interested in. Also, you get pointed to look in directions of potential photo opportunities however if you break away to take some you could potentially lose the group. For me, this wasn’t the best option, and I wouldn’t take this tour again. Though others in the group enjoyed it.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
I am sorry you felt disappointed, but we never say this tour covers the Whole Freedom Trail. We specifically say the Downtown portion from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common and the State House, which covers 11 of the 16 total Freedom Trail sites plus a whole lot more, including architecture (as you noted). There is of course opportunity for pictures during the tour, but not if you "break away" as you say.
Be read for a walk!
Kalli_R, Oct 2022
My favorite part was the cemetery, a few famous people in history are buried there. I also enjoyed seeing the end of the Boston Marathon & hearing historical stories from our guide
Response from Host, Oct 2022
The Granary Cemetery is certainly one of Boston's Highlights. Happy you enjoyed the stories and our "running" of the Boston Marathon.
Wouldn’t recommend
Joseph_L, Oct 2022
Wasn’t quite what I was expecting (and maybe that was one me)! I learned more about the trail from a YouTube video! Guide also insulted us for visiting Salem on our trip! He was knowledgeable but felt it was in a pretentious way, i enjoyed the 5 minute YouTube video more than this tour! Wouldn’t not recommend
Response from Host, Oct 2022
It would really have helped if you said what you were expecting versus what you received. Not sure why you were insulted about whatever was said about Salem (although I don't know what that might be) and sorry you took personally whatever else was said.
Great tour & tour guide
Cheryl_W, Oct 2022
Our guide was fabulous !!! Great tour. The city is just beautiful. Our guide made everyone so welcome and took his time answering questions
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Happy you enjoyed the tour and found Boston beautiful!

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