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Copley Square
Copley Square

Copley Square

560 Boylston St, Boston, USA, 02116

The basics

A center of Boston life since the late 1800s, Copley Square is home to many of the city’s landmarks. It houses the Romanesque-style Trinity Church, and is surrounded by other signatures including the Old South Church, Boston Public Library, and soaring John Hancock Tower. 

Visit independently to enjoy the square and its attractions as you wish. Or, for ease of transport and added insight, book one of the many Boston tours that stop at the square. Join a walking tour that covers it and attractions such as the Freedom Trail; discover it on a bike tour of Boston’s parks; or see it from a pedicab. Alternatively, visit on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, private tour, day trip from New York, or multi-day tour around the USA’s east coast.

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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
star-4.5
$45.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Educational Experience for all!
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city. It is an educational experience for all ages. Great way to learn more about our US History. I would highly recommend this tour. However, one needs to remember this is a walking tour so there is extensive walking up and down the streets.
annettecowhy, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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Wealth of Knowledge
seegerfam, Jun 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Allen did a fabulous job with our tour. He was a perfect mix of history, architecture, fun and cleverness. He also was a wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend this walking tour.
star-5
Tour guide was very...
Carla_S, Jun 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Tour guide was very thorough. Lots of details shared. Tour was good length. Weather was perfect. Enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Fun and entertaining
Julie_T, Apr 2022
Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail
Our guide Alan was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. He kept our family (including two teenagers) entertained for the entire tour. Fun tour!
star-5
Great tour
Deborah_O, Jun 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Allen was our guide and full of facts. Tour was a combo of architecture and history. Easy walking and small enough tour to hear guide.
star-4
Perfect weather...
Rachel_B, Mar 2022
Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail
Perfect weather Great tour guide Great overview of the city Good distance/time Wish we would have started and ended at same place
star-5
Good Way to Start Your Break in Boston
Dale_F, Feb 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
We were so lucky as there were only the 2 of us, it was like having a private tour with our guide, Alan. He is very knowledgeable about Boston’s history and we got an informative tour along with suggestions of other sites to see which were not included in this tour. We even shuffled the Boston Marathon in the snow on the commemorative circle in the footpath near Copley Square. Thanks Alan for a great couple of hours - we really got our bearings around your beautiful city.
star-5
Best of Boston
Tish_A, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Alan was exceptional in sharing the rich history of Boston. He was patient, kind and knowledgeable. The tour showed us so many wonderful highlights. We would highly recommend.
star-4
Andrew was a great guide....
Mark_J, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Andrew was a great guide. Really enjoyed the info on everything we saw. His commentary was very entertaining
star-4
Beautiful Architecture on Beacon Hill
patriciah_b, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
It was very interesting! Got to see and learn about the beautiful architecture of Boston & where some of the rich and famous lived on Beacon Hill.
star-5
Great tour! The guide was...
Erin_M, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Great tour! The guide was really nice. I learned so much about the city and it was great to be able to see so much in 2 hours. Definitely a "must do" tour.
star-5
Awesome Tour Guide
Ashley_C, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Our tour guide, Alan, was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and gave recommendations on what to do aground the city.
star-5
Great way to learn about Boston and see the city!
Rebecca_P, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Allen was a great guide. We learned so much and he kept it enjoyable! He kept us moving through Boston pointing out interesting points along the way.
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Things to know before you go

  • Copley Square is a must-visit for experiencing quintessential Boston.
  • The square is wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly.
  • Allow 2-3 hours to enjoy the park and attractions such as the Trinity Church and Boston Public Library.
  • Take a camera to capture one of Boston’s most iconic photos: Trinity Church’s turrets set against the glass John Hancock Tower.
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How to get there

Bounded by Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, Dartmouth Street, and St. James Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay district, Copley Square is an easy walk from several top attractions, including Boston Common and the Freedom Trail. It’s also easily accessible via Boston’s “T” public transport system: take the Green Line subway to the Copley stop. 

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When to get there

Copley Square buzzes with activity day and night. Head here early for crowd-free photo opportunities, or at dusk, when the fading sunlight glints on the John Hancock Tower. The square hosts a rolling program of summer events—watch for free concerts and its twice-weekly farmers market when dozens of food vendors set up stall.

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What to See at Copley Square

Be sure to enter Copley Square’s Trinity Church to see its mural-adorned interior. Make time, too, to visit the Old South Church—one of the US’ founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was baptized here—and view the exhibitions at Boston Public Library. Finally, stroll the square to see its Boston Marathon monument and Tortoise and Hare bronzes, dedicated to the annual runners.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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