Boston

Walking Tour of the Downtown Boston Freedom Trail - History & Architecture

Boston, USA
Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
  • 1 hour 10 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. Wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
  • Walking tour of Boston's Freedom Trail
  • Learn about American history from your guide
  • See landmarks including Boston Common and Faneuil Hall
  • Perfect for history lover, first-time visitors, and families

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • 70-Minute Walking Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail
  • Pass attractions and landmarks like Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, and Boston Common.
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 28 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

    Departure Point: NW corner of State and Congress Streets, outside 28 State Street (Citizens Bank Building) and across from the Old State House. Note that this tour does not return to the Starting Point.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

  • Brewer Fountain
    Freedom Trl, Boston, MA 02108, USA

What To Expect

Meet your guide and group at a central location to kick off the tour.

Journey from the Old State House to the new State House, with stops at the site of the Boston Massacre, Park Street Church, King's Chapel, and more along the way. Whether you're a first-time visitor, history lover, or just want to enjoy some time outdoors, this tour is the perfect way to see the city.

You also have time to explore the Old South Meeting House, Old Granary Cemetery, Old City All, and the First Schoolhouse, plus the Old Corner Bookstore where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, and other famous authors once gathered.

Freedom Trail

1 hour 10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

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Good Learning experience
Karen_J, Apr 2024
Learning about the History of People I learned in school. Meeting new people and learning about the history of our forefathers and being in Boston.
High on architecture, mediocre on history
Victoria_H, Oct 2023
It was interesting learning about the architecture, but I would’ve liked to have heard bit more about the history.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
I try very hard to connect the history with architecture, trying my best interweave them in a pattern that wove its way through time to become the Boston we know today. I am sorry you didn't get that connection.
A Disappointment!
Dot_W, Sep 2023
There was nothing good about it! I had taken my granddaughter who is a young adult to instill in her America's history and heritage. What we got was a black woman who did nothing but talk about the history of black culture...even commending Malcolm X as a great American. I came away totally disgusted and while the Viator walking tour had been recommended to me by a friend, I saw other groups with a costumed and "performing" guide. A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT and a waste of money!!!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
I am very sorry you were disappointed. I will discuss this with the tour guide. In the meantime, contact me directly at Alan@Bostoncitywalks.com and I will arrange a refund. You are also welcome to take a tour with me personally at no cost to help make up for this.
Great tour glad we did it. Also happy with Alan's presentation.
Robert_L, Sep 2023
Alan our docent was very knowledgeable of the history of Boston and was ery entertaining with his presentation along the way
Awesome
Christel_G, Jul 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Loved the whole tour. It was my first visit to Boston. The history in this city is amazing.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Happy you enjoyed Boston's amazing History. Thanks!
Boston Walking Tour
Shannon_H, Jun 2023
Great walking tour down the freedom trail. Excellent history refresher. Our guide was friendly and informative.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Appreciate your kind words. Hope you enjoyed the architecture and cultural components as well.
Fantastic!!!
Sarah_R, Jan 2023
Alan was wonderful. Very insightful and had so much knowledge about the history of Boston and its architecture. It ended up just being my friend and I, and we loved having it personalised to us, and what we wanted to learn. Fantastic!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for the lovely review and kind words. It was my pleasure sharing Boston with you!
Very informative and...
Charles_B, Dec 2022
Very informative and interesting tour. Our guide was excellent! Having never been to Boston, the history lesson upon our arrival was perfect!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Happy that the tour was helpful to you!
Excellent narration
Jack_H, Dec 2022
Excellent narration. Very knowledgeable of Boston history, also quite funny and good humor. Very worthwhile.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Glad you enjoyed the tour and presentation.
Boston on the go
Elizabeth_S, Oct 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable & fun! Saw & learned a lot in a short period. Would recommend this tour to anyone.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We try to share a lot of our Boston when we do our tours! Thanks for noticing.
Great overview
Sirin_S, Jun 2022
It was perfect. Short and sweet. Out tour guide Allen was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend it.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Perfect is actually pretty good, so thank you very much. That was a good group!
Great guide
Paul_M, Apr 2022
Very knowledgeable guide who made it a memorable trip our guide engaged everyone including our 11 year old
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Our goal is always to make it memorable.
There wasnt as much about...
Carrie_G, Apr 2022
There wasnt as much about freedom trail history as i would have expected but was still a good experience
Response from Host, Apr 2022
This tour covers the Freedom Trail Sites between Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill. It also includes Boston's founding prior to the Revolution as well how the architecture and culture related to all that. I am not sure what more you expected. Could you please articulate?
The tour guide asked...
Digna_P, Mar 2022
The tour guide asked another $15 each of us as payment for the half of the tour. After the tour, we gave him $40 in cash then we asked him where we could catch the trolley bus for our next tour, he instructed us to go to a direction opposite to the place how to catch the trolley bus.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
The tour you signed up for is the 70-minute Downtown Freedom Trail Tour ending at Boston Common. Some folks do continue on from there to Back Bay via Beacon Hill, which is an additional $15 if you did not sign up for that in advance. It was not "half of the tour" you signed up for. It seems that you enjoyed the tour since you tipped $10 in addition. I am not quite sure what transpired with getting to your other subsequent tour, but I apologize if you got lost.
Fun!
Sabrina_H, Dec 2021
This was so fun and our tour guide was great! He was very knowledgeable and made it fun! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Fun and knowledge go together very well. Thank you for your input!
Alan brought the whole...
Sydney_H, Dec 2021
Alan brought the whole tour to life and made it a memorable experience, especially my grandson who was visiting from California and was doing the freedom trail for the first time.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
It is great when history comes alive for younger folks. Thanks for sharing that!
History brought to life, with humour
Kelvin_S, Dec 2021
Our guide was brilliant, made history come to life for us, great and humorous way of giving information to us. Highlights were the Boston massacre, Mount Vernon, the park and common, finally the church by the library.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
All the magic and results of a great tour. Appreciate your inputs.
Excellent Tour at a Reasonable Price
Tasha_O, Nov 2021
Our guide was excellent. I appreciated his thoroughness and charm. He did an excellent job at explaining the history in simple terms as well as tying it into modern times such as how Boston celebrates the historical moments now. He brought a sense of humanness to the historical facts as well as provided a level of historical perspective which I often miss in reading or in other tours. We visited many places on the tour which brought much context into our overall stay in Boston. It was easy to locate the guide and we lingered at the first stop probably the longest to to give late arrivals time to catch up. I thought the tour was very reasonability priced based on what we got. We spent 70 minutes go through much of downtown and had the option to pay $15 more to continue with the 2-hour tour that went past the Boston Commons.
Make sure it is Andrew
mom31982, Nov 2021
Andrew was AWESOME! This was educational as well as humorous, I’d tour with him anytime. This was a good tour
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Andrew does a great job!
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Janet_R, Nov 2021
Less history of the buildings and more history of the people. Good guide though. Maybe also if he was dressed in costume like the other tour guides.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Appreciate your comments. What differentiates us is the added feature of architecture which we try to keep as part of the historic context. The "current day" dress is meant to indicate we have today's vision in looking at the history.
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