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Introduction To Boston Tour: The North End

A walk through one of America's most historical districts
From US$325 privately
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Tour Details
3 hrs
Product Type
  • Old North Church
  • Quincy Market
  • Blackstone Block
Photos & Highlights
  • Learn the history of Boston, and of America overall, in one of its most historically important districts
  • Led by a local historian
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Tour Description
Our 3-hour tour of Boston’s North End will introduce you to the most significant historical sites in the city (and America overall), including Old North Church, Quincy Market, and Blackstone Block. Known as Boston’s Little Italy, this area is a maze of winding colonial streets that will paint a vivid picture of the city’s evolution from the 17th to the 21st century. Intended for newcomers to Boston as well as anyone interested in American history, you’ll learn about the very early shaping of the country, from revolution to immigration.
  • Blackstone Block 
  • Haymarket
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church 
  • Quincy Market
You’ll begin your historical walk near the Blackstone Block, one of Boston's most treasured historic areas. Your expert guide will set the scene as you’re transported back to the 17th century, walking through the network of alleyways of this former business district, a rare surviving structure from the colonial era. Your walk will even pass by Ebenezer Hancock House, the only building left in the city which was owned by John Hancock, a leading figure of the American Revolution. You will then continue through Haymarket, one of the city’s oldest markets—still an active market today. 

Tracing a path along streets named after important Bostonians, you’ll discuss the major historical moments of the North End while passing by the charming old storefronts and pubs that dot the area. Here you’ll learn about Boston’s evolution into one of the busiest shipping ports on the Atlantic. You’ll also take time to explore how immigrants from England and Africa (and later the Irish, Portuguese, Jews, and Italians) shaped the area.

Continuing on, you’ll stop at another important historical site, the Paul Revere House, where your expert guide will teach you about how this famous resident informed and influenced the radical events of the Revolution. And, of course, your walk wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Old North Church, the oldest church in Boston. 

You’ll leave this tour with a thorough understanding of historic Boston, and the city’s overall role in the shaping of America, tracing history from early settlement to Industrial Revolution to Boston’s eventual decline upon New York’s rise to prominence.
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Where do we meet? Where does the tour end? 
We usually meet at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, on the side of the building which faces the harbor located at 191 W Atlantic Avenue and end in the North End neighborhood. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. 

Is this tour suitable for children and teenagers? 
Yes. We can adapt the itinerary based on the ages, needs, and interests of travelers in your party. We have some excellent family-friendly experts who can appeal to the learning styles of children. 

Is this a walking intensive tour? 
Yes, this walk covers about 1.25 miles overall. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom and get something to drink if needed.

What if the weather is bad? 
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. If the weather forecast suggests rain it’s a good plan to have an umbrella with you. 
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Excellent way to spend an afternoon learning more about the history of Boston. Ken brought stories, visual aids, and was receptive to our questions. This wasn't my first tour with Context, nor will it be my last.
We had a fantastic experience with Christian from Context. He is incredibly knowledgeable, personable and wonderful about tailoring our visit to satisfy our child’s curiosity. Highly recommend.
Great dive into the history of Boston with some awesome stops along the way!