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Beacon Hill Tours

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Beacon Hill
Home to the Massachusetts State House, Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is reminiscent of 19th-century London—replete with cobbled streets, brownstone buildings, and 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. 
Address: Boston, USA
Admission: Free
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Beacon Hill

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Boston Old Town Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

Boston Old Town Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop on hop off trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$47.25
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Boston's Beacon Hill Guided Photography Walking Tour

Boston's Beacon Hill Guided Photography Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.67
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive 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 and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a 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.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.00
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Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

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Explore Boston on foot with this small group walking tour. See highlights like Boston Harbor, Custom House Tower, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. Learn the true story behind the Boston Massacre, and if you’re lucky, get a glimpse of government in action at the Massachusetts State House. See Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the lovely Boston Public Garden. Rest your legs and enjoy a beer with your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

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Boston is a city rich in early American history, with legends dating back to the Revolutionary War. To uncover the city's storied past—from the Boston Tea Party to the ride of Paul Revere—no traveler should miss this history-packed packed, daylong sightseeing tour. Explore Boston, Cambridge, and Lexington, and see historic locations on the Freedom Trail. Enjoy lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, at your own expense, and end your day with a visit to an old warship, the USS Constitution.
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  • 7 hours
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Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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  • 4 hours
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$400.00
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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$267.92
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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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.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$450.00
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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
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  • 4 hours
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Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

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Fans of Boston-based TV shows and movies will love this walking tour of Boston Common and Beacon Hill. Step inside the bar where ‘Cheers’ was made famous and see more than 30 filming locations for popular flicks such as ‘Good Will Hunting.’ A local actor serves as your guide and entertains with fun facts about Boston highlights.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle Tour

The Boston Fall Foliage bike tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous spaces with their Autumn leaves - you may forget you are in the heart of the city! Discover Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this route is a fabulous way to experience Boston's park system. The route is a favorite among locals! The parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November. This tour is up to 4 hours long and covers at least 15 miles, with several hills. Riders must be comfortable spending that much time on a bike and covering that distance. This ride covers many hidden gems in Boston.
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  • 4 hours
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
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  • 4 hours
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Haunted Boston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

Haunted Boston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

Unearth the spooky history of Boston on this 2.5-hour guided ghost tour and pub crawl. A costumed guide will lead you through historic streets and tell you tales from the haunted buildings along the way. During the tour, you will also stop at several Boston bars and pubs to enjoy a beverage before continuing on your way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pro-Photoshoot in Historic Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts

Pro-Photoshoot in Historic Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts

An urban style photoshoot in historic Boston! Let me take you to my favorite locations: -Copley Square -Newbury St. -Public Gardens -Beacon Hill We will walk through this historic landmarks and we will explore the area while I take the best photos of your trip. We will walk a lot, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes. In about 48 hours after the end of the photo session​,​ you will get an email with a link to your digital gallery with your edited images so you can download them on your computer or laptop and share your memories with friends and family. You can also print your photos in your preferred​ printing shop and showcase the images of your vacation in Boston in your living room, your office or just post them on your social media!!!!​ Note: if you have a special request related to a specific time of day, location and or a big group, please do not hesitate to write me and let me know about it, I will work with you to have your photo-needs happen.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time and do so at a pace you will enjoy.
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  • 3 hours
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$400.00
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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24-Hour Boston Bike Rental: High End Road Bike

24-Hour Boston Bike Rental: High End Road Bike

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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.
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  • 1 day
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