What is Old North Church’s address?
Old North Church is located at 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113. We are at the heart of Boston’s historic North End neighborhood known for its narrow, winding one-way streets (and Italian cuisine)! Our main entrance is located at the intersection of Salem and Hull Streets.
What should I expect when I visit Old North Church?
Upon arrival, visitors are seated in the church’s box pews to hear a brief 5-7 minute presentation by our educators on the history of Old North highlighting the founding of the church, items of architectural interest, the lantern story, and the role of the Old North in the American Revolution. Visitors are also welcome to walk around the church and read our numerous educational signs and posters if they wish to explore the site on their own. Reservation are not required for simply visiting the church, even large tour groups. Our educator staff is available to speak to groups and answer questions at any time during our regular visitor hours. We look forward to seeing you!
How do I get to Old North Church?
Walking — We highly recommend walking the Freedom Trail!
Public Transportation — If you are not walking, we recommend taking public transportation if possible. We are conveniently located near Haymarket and North Station (green and orange MBTA metro lines and commuter rail). From the Haymarket stop on the orange or green lines, walk across the Greenway (and the I93 tunnels) to Salem Street. Continue walking up Salem Street past Prince and Tileston Streets; the church will be on your right.
Driving — If you are driving, be advised there are only five metered visitor parking spots in the vicinity of the church, which are almost always full. We recommend you park at a nearby lot or garage, such as the parking lot at the corner of Hull and Commercial Streets or in the North End Garage, located at 600 Commercial Street. For more information on parking locations near the North End, please visit NorthEndBoston.com. Motor coaches are not allowed on Salem Street, but may park or drop off passengers on Commercial Street, near the corner of Hull Street or on Hanover Street near the Paul Revere Mall.
Is Old North Church accessible?
Old North is wheelchair accessible at its front entrance on Salem Street only. The Freedom Trail entrance to Old North from the Paul Revere Mall is not accessible as it involves a flight of stairs. If you approach from the Paul Revere Mall (where the Paul Revere statue is located) and need to bypass the stairs, take a left onto Unity Street at the back gate of Old North, then take a right onto Tileston Street, then a right onto Salem Street. Please be aware that the central aisle inside the church is the only aisle that offers enough space for wheelchair or stroller turn-around. Be advised that our campus is paved with bricks, so take precaution if you use a cane or crutches. Please call our office if you need special assistance or have any further questions.
When can I visit Old North Church?
Our hours change with the seasons! For the months of January and February, Old North Church is open from 10am to 4pm, except on Sundays, when we are open from 12:30pm to 4pm. For the months of March, April, and May, Old North Church is open from 9am to 5pm, except on Sundays, when we are open from 12:30pm to 5pm. For the months of June, July, August, September, and October, Old North Church is open 9am to 6pm, except on Sundays, when we are open from 12:30pm to 6pm. For the months of November and December, Old North Church is open 9am to 5pm, except on Sundays, when we are open from 12:30pm to 5pm.
What about the Shops at the Clough House, Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill?
Between April 15th and June 15th, the Shops at the Clough House are only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. From June 16th to October 31st, the Shops at the Clough House are open every day from 11am to 5:30pm.
How much does it cost to visit Old North Church?
Old North is committed to keeping the church easily accessible to the visiting public, so admission to the church is “pay-as-you-will,” meaning that you are encouraged to give whatever feels right for you, 50 cents or $50! We rely heavily on these voluntary donations for our preservation efforts and public programming. Our suggested donation amount is $3 per person, $1 per additional family member. If a visitor, couple, or family opts to pay the suggested donation, they will receive an official “one if by land, two if by sea” lantern sticker to wear, which grants them access to the church, Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, the restrooms, and the gardens without further pleas for donations from our staff. The sticker also grants the visitor a $1.00 off coupon for our Behind-the-Scenes Tours and a 10% discount in the gift shop (on purchases over $10.00). Please see an Old North educator or staff person to get your sticker and wear it with pride! We appreciate your generosity.
When should I visit if I want to take a Behind the Scenes tour? How much do Behind the Scenes tours cost?
For the months of June, July, August, September, and October, Behind the Scenes tours are held just about every half hour, 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, and 11:30am-noon, and then from 1-1:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2-2:30pm, 2:30-3pm, 3-3:30pm, 3:30-4pm, 4-4:30pm, and 4:30-5pm. For the months of November and December, Behind the Scenes tours are held on the hour, with tours being offered at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Ticket prices for Behind the Scenes tours are $6 for adults, $5 for children, students, military members, and seniors, and $4 for children under the age of 12.
I am planning to visit the church with a school group. What do I need to know?
Primary, secondary, and college school groups are always welcome to visit Old North Church any day at any time without reservations. We do appreciate a donation of $1 per person for student groups visiting the church only. You do not need to make a reservation if your group is simply visiting the church. However, if you would like a more meaningful educational experience for your students, Old North currently offers four different ways to engage your students beyond the typical church visit, Behid the Scenes Tours for Schools, A History Mystery: Who Hung the Lanterns?, Experience Art & Architecture, and Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating.
Do you have any lesson plans for use in the classroom?
Yes, we have four classroom lessons that can be used in advance of a visit to the Old North Church to help prepare your students for what they will see and learn: Revolution Mix & Match Timeline, Look & Listen: Boston Then & Now, Bell Ringer’s Agreement: Reading a Historic Document, and Tories, Timid, or True Blue. We strongly encourage you to complete at least one of these lessons before your visit. If you cannot make the trip into Boston to visit us here at the Old North, any of these lessons can be integrated into your American Revolution curriculum!
Are you closed on any holidays?
We are closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please also be advised that our campus typically closes early the day before Thanksgiving, at about 3pm.
When are the bells typically rung?
The bells are typically rung on Sunday from noon to 1pm. The bell ringers often practice on Saturday from 11am to 1pm.
Do you offer any self-guided tours, audio tours, or interactive games to use during my visit to the church?
We do not offer audio tours at this time. We have an interactive edventure game called Prince’s Prowl, which is great for families to play! In the vein of a self-guided tour, we encourage visitors to pull up our This Old Pew series on their smart device to get a unique experience. By learning about the people who once occupied certain pews in the church, you unlock the history connected to the pews and learn about the peoples, customs, and events that shaped the church into an American icon!
Do you offer after-hours rentals of your spaces for special events, corporate retreats, and business meetings?
Yes. The Old North Church is the perfect location for your after-hours events. To book a group tour or private event after 6PM, please contact Director of Development Renie Pavilon for more information: 617-858-8231 ext. 105
What is the layout of the Old North Church & Historic Site?
Old North Church & Historic Site is comprised of Old North Church, gardens, a main gift shop, and two additional shops in the Clough House that double as living history exhibits called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill. The Paul Revere Mall (also known as the Prado) is situated behind the Shops at the Clough House.