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 8 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. 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. Please note that if you are walking the Freedom Trail from Paul Revere House, the Paul Revere Mall (the Prado) is currently under construction. You will need to detour up Tileston Street. 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! From November 1 – March 31 The Old North Church is open from 10am to 4pm. From April 1 – October 31 we are open from 9am to 6pm. The Old North Church is an active Episcopal Church with services every Sunday. On Sundays, visitors are welcome to explore the campus, but the church will be closed to the public until 12:30pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In the case of a weather emergency, Old North follows the lead of Boston Public Schools and closes accordingly.
What about the Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and Patriots Corner at the Clough House? From April 1 to October 31 the Clough House is open 9 am – 6 pm daily. From November 1 through December 31, you can visit Captain Jackson’s daily, and both Captain Jackson’s and Patriots Corner on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm. The Clough House is closed in January and the first half of February, and will re-open on February 16th. Check the website for updated information.
When should I visit if I want to take a Behind the Scenes tour? How much do Behind the Scenes tours cost? Tours are offered daily. Please check the website for tour availability and pricing. You can purchase tickets online for amdission with a tour here.
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, however, highly encourage that groups make reservations in advance so that we are prepared for your visit! Reservations can be made through our website. Please note, Boston Public School students can visit free of charge, but we still urge you to make reservations. Old North currently offers four different ways to engage your students beyond the typical church visit, Behind 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, Christmas, and New Year’s, at about 2pm. We also open late on New Year’s Day.
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 11:15 am to 1:15 pm.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the layout of the Old North Church & Historic Site? Old North Church & Historic Site is comprised of the Old North Church, five gardens, a main gift shop, and the historic Clough House, home to Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and Patriots Corner. The Paul Revere Mall (also known as the Prado) is situated behind the Clough House.