Back Bay to Downtown via Beacon Hill Walking Tour

Boston CityWalks

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Make Boston yours as we view its history, beauty and culture from the newest part of Boston to the oldest. Begin in the elegant Back Bay and pass stately and historic Beacon Hill on our way to the dynamic Downtown Area, where you’ll see the major points of the Freedom Trail.

Highlights of this 2 hour guided tour include:·
  • Copley Square in all its beauty and grace.
  • The 19th century Back Bay area and the Boston Public Garden
  • Historic Beacon Hill's cobblestone drives & gaslights.
  • The quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of Downtown Boston
  • The Freedom Trail's historic Revolutionary War era sites from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall
This tour will enable you to see the quirkiness of Boston’s colonial street patterns, the many 18th century buildings, and the history connecting these to the city you see today!
Learn how Colonial Boston actually tripled in size by using Boston's original three hills. See if Sam Adams really did roll over in his grave. Find out why Ben Franklin left his family to go to Philadelphia, of all places!

We end the tour at the exciting Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market Area, where you can choose to shop and eat to your heart’s delight. Your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants that will fit your culinary desires or point out areas of interest, all you have to do is ask!

Meeting Location

Dartmouth St, between Boylston St & Huntington Ave (Copley Square, Boston, MA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


68 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
Back bay and Copley Square
Sat, Apr 30  12:30 PM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Alan was quite thorough and patient and the tour was quite enjoyable.
Rating: 4
Great walk and talk
Sat, Apr 30  12:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I learned a lot on our Back Bay walking tour and because of our guide, finally understand the Boston map and how the neighbirhoods intertwine.
Rating: 5
Tue, Apr 26  12:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Enjoyed hearing about the history of Boston! Had a great time even in the rain!
Rating: 5
Freedom trail walk tour Boston Massachusetts
Fri, Apr 8  12:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Alan our tour guide was GREAT. We learned so much. And had a blast doing it. He was so friendly .. he definitely knew his stuff and answered so many questions. He made it come alive... he covered alot of ground in 3 hours. Worth every penny.. cold windy and at times rainy...he never missed a beat. Thanks from the West Texas Knights gang ..
Rating: 5
Thu, Mar 31  12:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Informative and entertaining. Great tour for your first day or two to get a good layout and feel for the city.
Rating: 5
Great Christmas Day Event
Fri, Dec 25, 15  3:00 PM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We took the tour because it was one of the only "tourist-y" things to do on Christmas Day, but it was a great first introduction to our Boston trip. I expected a lot of history when visiting Boston, and our tour guide was able to deliver on my expectations very well. It also prepped us with points of interests to visit for the following days.
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Tue, Nov 3, 15  12:30 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I really enjoyed our tour of Boston with Allen. His knowledge of his city and its history was great and he shared it in an interesting and entertaining way. Thoroughly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Thu, Oct 22, 15  12:30 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Engaging tour with lots of info and background that you just can't find in books or online resources. You had time to take pictures and ask questions. Highly Recommended!
Rating: 4
Our tour guide was very good.
Thu, Sep 17, 15  12:30 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We learned things about Boston that we probably never would learn from most tours. Alan was very personable and made the tour fun.
Rating: 5
History, Architecture, and Culture
Thu, Jun 11, 15  12:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone visiting the Boston area. It was my first time to Boston, and the walking tour was the perfect way to experience the history and culture of the city. The tour also helped me become acquainted with the geographically small city. For that reason, I recommend the tour earlier rather than later in your stay. During the tour we visited several historical sites and were offered a vast array of historical, architectural, and cultural pieces of information along the way. We ended the tour in Quincy market: the perfect stopping point with a wide variety of shops and restaurants located adjacent to the harbor. Allen, our tour guide, was also very knowledgeable and engaging. Five stars!
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Is advance purchase necessary?
You must purchase your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space on the tour. Please book well in advance to maximize your chances of getting the date and time you prefer.
How long do the walking tours last?
Tours last approximately 2 hours, but can vary depending upon the number of people, questions asked, etc.
How far do we actually walk?
This tour is approximately 2 miles in length.
Do we walk at a leisurely pace?
Yes, tours move at a leisurely place. Though at times we might move faster because there is so much to see and talk about, we do stop frequently and we promise not to overwork you!! We try whenever possible to stop in the shade when it's hot and in the sun when it's cool. And where there are benches, we'll point them out.
What specific Historic Sites will we see?
These are just some of the sites you’ll see: Copley Square, Boston Marathon Finish Line, Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, John Hancock Tower, Newbury Street, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Boston Public Garden, Swan Boats, Beacon Hill, Acorn Street, Louisburg Square, The Old and New State Houses, Boston Common, Park Street Church, Old Granary Burial Ground, King’s Chapel, Old and New City Halls, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, and the Quincy Market.
What if I have a particular area of interest?
If you have a particular area of interest, like history or architecture, please let the guide know and they will likely be able to emphasize that area(s) for the enjoyment of the whole group.
Are there restrooms on the tour?
There are restrooms at both the start and end points of the tour. While there are no prescheduled stops along the way, we will make every reasonable effort to meet requests for a stop.
Will we be able to purchase water along the way?
On most tours, we will pass by street vendors selling drinks. We will stop there upon request. Make sure to bring extra cash if you might want to purchase from these vendors!
Will there be food available on the tour?
No, but there will be restaurants and other food services available where the tour ends. Please have breakfast or lunch before we begin, so that we don't inconvenience others on the tour by taking time away for you to get something to eat. If a snack is required, you could purchase one from a street vendor when we stop for drinks.
Can we do shopping along the way?
While the tour does pass through shopping areas, we request that you save all shopping until after the tour has finished. At the conclusion of the tour, we will be happy to give you directions to get back to specific shops and locations.
Can I ask questions?
YES!!! Questions are always welcome.
Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Yes, please purchase a reduced price Child ticket for children ages 5 to 16. Children under the age of 5 may come on the tour for free, but please let us know if you are bringing any young children when you purchase your tickets. Remember to bring a stroller!
Will my toddler survive the tour?
Well, it's a long way for a toddler to go, so I can't recommend it. But you know your child best - if you think they'll enjoy it and they'll behave, go ahead and bring 'em along. We'll try and make it as pleasant as we can for both you and them.
Is the tour stroller accessible?
Most of the tour is accessible to strollers and we do recommend them for small children. Please keep in mind, however, that many areas are uneven and there is one set of stairs, but you should be able to carry your children over these short distances.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend wheelchairs on these tours because we pass through many old, historic areas with brick and cobblestone paving that can be uneven and make travel in a wheelchair difficult. There is one set of steps.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tour runs rain or shine. If precipitation starts during the tour, rain ponchos are usually available from the guide. If really severe weather forces us to cancel the tour, you will be able to reschedule to another date or receive credit for a future event.
How do I get back to my hotel after the tour?
Your guide will give you specific directions following the tour. If either walking or taking the "T" subway are possibilities, your guide will describe both options for you. Maps will be provided upon request.
Where does the tour end?
This tour ends in exciting Fanueil Hall Marketplace, across the Rose Kennedy Greenway from Boston Harbor and steps from Boston's Italian North End. It's a real fun place to be!!
What are the differences between the offered tours?
The Downtown Boston to Back Bay and the Back Bay to Downtown Tours cover many of the same sites. The first, as its name indicates, leaves from Downtown and the second from Copley Square in the Back Bay, so you can choose based on which starting point is closest to your hotel or which time offered best meets your needs. The North End, Waterfront and Downtown Tour includes the original settled area of Boston and then proceeds to the North End and winds up on the Waterfront. This is a lovely historic tour that goes beyond where the others leave off. It includes Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church, Boston's Italian Area and the oldest commercial block in the city. If you want to sneak in some Italian food, you might want to consider that, too. The Harvard Square Evening Excursion goes to the lovely town of Cambridge, so is very different than our other tours. You'll learn about its history and see the interesting architecture of Harvard Square and Harvard University.
Does the tour have anything to offer a native Bostonian?
Absolutely! Boston is full of little known secrets and treasures. Its nooks and crannies provide a wealth of sights and stories that go along with them. The anecdotal history your guide will share with you is sure to add new nuances to what you thought you already knew. You'll see a side of the city you never knew existed!
Are gift certificates available?
Of course. You can reach Boston CityWalks with the "Contact BostonWalks" link.
Are private tours available for Boston CityWalks Tours?
We would love to create just the right tour for you or your group. Please click on the "Contact BostonWalks" link to make arrangements!


Boston CityWalks

Boston CityWalks gives just the right mix of history, architecture and culture to bring Boston’s personality alive and make you feel a part of the city. We share our love for the city with facts, stories and humor that reflect the quirky nature that IS Boston.
The Back Bay to Downtown Boston Tour is a a great way to go back in time through Boston history. Start in Back Bay, Boston's newest area, wind our way through historic Beacon Hill and its elegant townhomes, and then see the historic sights in Downtown Boston's Freedom Trail that make the city such a favorite.
Boston CityWalks also does customized tours to your specifications. These personalized walking tours are perfect for weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, and other special events.

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