Large group tours are always welcome to visit the Old North Church & Historic Site! Reservations are required for large tour groups who are visiting the site, as well as large groups (parties of 8 or more) that would like to take a gudied tour in addition to general admission. Please click on the tabs below to learn more about our options. (For school groups, please see our School Programs page.)
To make a reservation, click on the “Reserve Your Group Tour” button below, or contact Old North Tours & Reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-523-6676. Please include the name of your group organization, the name of your tour group leader or planner, the size of your party, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request as promptly as possible.
Group Tour Pricing:
General Admission – Access to Full Site
$3.00 per person
This tour includes a visit to the historic Old North Church, an interpretive talk on the Church’s history, and access to the gift shop, Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and Patriots Corner. Average on-campus dwell time: 15 – 30 minutes.
General Admission & Guided Tour
$8.00 per person
Groups have the option of adding on a guided Behind the Scenes Tour (tour of bellringing chamber in tower & crypt, theme of how things work) or Bones and Burial Tour (tour of sanctuary gallery, crypt, & Copp’s Hill Burial Ground) in addition to the general admission experience. Average on-campus dwell time: 45 minutes – 1 hour.
*Please note that daily guided tours take place beginning at 1:00 pm, after worship services, on Sundays.
Go “behind the scenes” at the Old North! This 30 minute guided tour offers a more in-depth view of the Old North and its history within the theme of HOW THINGS WORK while you explore two areas of the church only accessible on this tour. Climb the stairs of the Old North steeple to the bell ringing chamber where the teen-aged Paul Revere worked as a bell ringer. Explore the history and architecture of the steeple, which has been toppled twice by hurricanes in its storied history. Listen and learn about the workings of the oldest set of change-ringing bells in North America. Walk amongst the 37 tombs constructed in the crypt below the floors of the Old North between 1732 and 1860. Learn about the construction of the crypt, view artifacts found in the crypt, and learn how and why crypts were used in colonial Boston.
Tour Prices: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors and military; $3 for children
Disclaimer:This tour requires climbing and descending two flights of narrow, steep stairs and navigating narrow hallways. Persons with claustrophobia or mobility limitations are not advised to take this tour. Tour times are subject to availability and limited in size due to space.
Tour Times: April 1 – November 15: 10 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 4:30 pm
Capacity: 25 visitors per tour MAXIMUM. Due to the physical space within Old North, we cannot accommodate more than 25 people per tour. However, we can accommodate 50 people at the same time by starting two tour groups in different sections. Please speak to our Visitor Services Manager for more details.
The bell ringing chamber
Curious about what Puritans believed? Intrigued by the idea of crypts underneath Anglican churches? This brand new 40 minute guided tour takes our visitors to the second floor gallery of the sanctuary of the church (only accessible through this tour), the church’s crypt, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground while exploring the primary differences between Puritans and Anglicans in regards to ideaology and burial practices. Bones & Burials will give you a better sense of how important religion was to the first European settlers of this state and the political underpinnings of certain religious practices. If you want to understand the philosophies and beliefs that shaped Boston and subsequently our nation, this tour is for you!
Tour Prices: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors and military (IDs required), $3 for children. Not suitable for children under 13.
Disclaimer:This tour requires climbing and descending two flights of narrow, steep stairs, navigating narrow hallways, and climbing a small hill. Persons with claustrophobia or mobility limitations are not advised to take this tour.Tour times are subject to availability and limited in size due to space.
Tour Times: April 1- November 15: 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Capacity: 25 visitors per tour MAXIMUM. Due to the cramped nature of Old North’s crypt, we cannot accommodate more than 25 people per tour. However, we can accommodate 50 people at the same time by starting two tour groups in different sections (although doing so is not recommended for this tour). Please speak to our Visitor Services Manager for more details.
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Sharpen your observation skills and study the aesthetic components of the Old North Church through Aesthetic Appeal: Anglican Art & Architecture! This hour long interactive experience examines the exterior and interior architecture of the oldest standing Georgian church in Boston, inspired by the work of Sir Christopher Wren, as well as three fine art pieces inside the church including 17th century wooden Baroque angels and an altar painting by John Ritto Penniman. Visit the second floor gallery of the church, see the organ up close, and stand on the altar while you consider the visual elements within the context of the 18th and 19th centuries and decode their meaning by looking, discussing, and looking again. There’s always more than meets the eye!
Tour Prices: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and military (IDs required). $3 for children. Not suitable for children under 13.
Disclaimer:This tour requires climbing and descending one flight of steep, narrow stairs to the second floor gallery of the church.
Tour Times: This tour is only offered when the church is closed to the public. January – December: one hour before the church opens to the public (either 8am or 9am) or immediately after the church closes to the public (either 5pm or 6pm). Please speak with our Visitor Services Manager for more details.
Capacity: 15 visitors per program MAXIMUM. This program centers around insightful conversations and requires a more intimate environment. Perfect for corporate or organizational team building.
View of the 17th century Baroque angels from the second floor gallery