Old North Church
Old North Church
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Key Info

193 Salem St.

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; $4 for youths 6-18; free for children 5 and younger
Mon-Sat 9 or 10 a.m. to 4 or 6 p.m.

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the arrival of British troops. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church. Robert Newman – the church's sexton – and Captain John Pulling Jr. – the church's vestryman – then climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal (from Revere) that the British Regulars were indeed coming, but by sea. 

The church itself, which is officially named Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including North America's oldest set of change ringing bells and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history as well; Pew No. 54 was reserved for the Revere family. 

According to past visitors, this North End attraction offers great insight about Boston's colonial roots. Guides and displays are informative and knowledgeable. In fact, some even claim that this historic landmark is the best stop on the Freedom Trail

Old North Church sits on Salem Street near the Boston Inner Harbor. The historic sight is about a 10-minute walk from the Haymarket and North Station "T" stops, and a bus stop for the No. 4 bus is located within a couple blocks. Old North Church's visiting hours vary depending on the season; from April to mid-November, it welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from mid-Novemer to the end of March it's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults costs $8; youths between the ages of 6 and 18 get in for $4. Children 5 and younger enter for free. If you're interested in attending church services, drop in on Sundays at 9 or 11 a.m. (attending a chuch service is free). In addition to the church's exhibits, you'll find restrooms, gardens and specialty shops on the property. Check out the Old North Church website for more information.

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