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Freedom Trail Tour


Freedom Trail

Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll the Freedom Trail's ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war and the independence of a nation. It's the epic story of Boston's rise and America's birth.
Schedule: Daily
Start Time: Various
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 Hours
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Freedom Trail Highlights

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King's Chapel
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old State House
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • Faneuil Hall
  • and much more!

This page provides details of our free Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times, and sights covered.

Free Tours by Foot Walking ToursExcellentFree Tours by Foot Walking Tours4.7 Based on 198 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onMichael J.Michael J. ★★★★★ Stephen was very knowledgeable about the freedom trail.Cindy B.Cindy B. ★★★★★ Excellent tour! Brian was a fount of knowledge, good stories and contagious humor. He had us laughing the whole tour! So much better than an audio tour.Sharon B.Sharon B. ★★★★★ This was one of the absolute best walking tours I've been on around the world! Bob was our tour guide. He was extremely knowledgable about everything, was really funny, and had answers to questions beyond the main subjects of the tour. I live in Boston and still learned so much from this tour. It should be an essential stop for anyone visiting the city!Somia A.Somia A. ★★★★★ Bob was great - our tour group was small (only 3!) and Bob did a fantastic job telling us the history and stories. Highly recommend!!David Y.David Y. ★★★★★ Stephen was a fount of knowledge and made the tour most informative and enjoyable. It's a great way to get introduced to Boston in a short time.Rolph K.Rolph K. ★★★★☆ Informatieve rondleiding over een deel van de freedom trail van Boston.De gids was interessant en enthousiast.Stacy M.Stacy M. ★★★★★ Stephen was our guide. He clearly put a ton of time and energy into researching each location we visited. The tour was the perfect mix of education and sightseeing. Highly recommend!Jonathan L.Jonathan L. ★★★★★ If I were a wealthier man I would have given Stephen so much more money than I did. We gave $20 per person in our group for his tour, but it was worth hundreds! We learned exponentially more than we would have by doing the 'Freedom Trail' on our own. The nuances to that incredible history that were shared left me ( a US History teacher) flabbergasted and feeling incredibly lucky to have booked a tour with someone who would keep us laughing, gasping, and questioning. I will recommend Steven to all of families of my New Mexican student who tour Boston.Shivesh K.Shivesh K. ★★★★★ Giuseppina F.Giuseppina F. ★★★★★ The tour was very intreseting and the gruop wasnt that big which made it more interactive although it would have been better if he had more photos to show.Naomi C.Naomi C. ★★★★★ We had Stephen as our guide in the ghost tour and freedom trail (with history). He’s great and tells you about information or curiosities you don’t know probably get in other tours. Very recommended- thanks Stephen!Corie P.Corie P. ★★★★★ Our tour guide, Bob, was fantastic! He is a local and knew so much about Boston! He was very friendly and helpful!Janna G.Janna G. ★★★★★ Great way to learn more about the city and our guide was great!Devin M.Devin M. ★★★★★ Had a Boston tour by foot and our guide Dan was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Dan made the tour very interesting and his passion for history really made the trip. Boston is a very rich with history and Dan does a great job communicating that.Sara B.Sara B. ★★★★★ Great tourNatasha A.Natasha A. ★★★★★ Great walking tour of Boston - informative and entertaining.I highly recommend Free Tours by Foot, one of the best walking tours I've done, ever. Our guide Bob was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about local history, but also incredibly funny.Kelly D.Kelly D. ★★★★★ Brian was a fabulous tour guy. He taught us many things and had a great sense of humor. We enjoyed the entire thing even in the rain.Michael B.Michael B. ★★★★★ Really awesome and had Issiah Thomas as our tour guide. Very fun to listen too.musaddiq K.musaddiq K. ★★★★★ I took the "THE STORY OF BOSTON TOLD ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL" tour with Stephen and it was fantastic! He was really engaging and throughly knowledgeable providing a great history lesson. As a first timer to Boston this was a brilliant way to learn about and look around such an important part of the city. Would thoroughly recommend!Maciej M.Maciej M. ★★★★★ Great tour and Stephen was a great guide. Very much appreciated the email the day before with all details how to find the starting point.Nicholas J.Nicholas J. ★★★★★ THE STORY OF BOSTON TOLD ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL.Our guide was Stephen who was excellent. He certainly knew his stuff and told it in a fun way. The 2 hours flew by.Nancy P.Nancy P. ★★★★★ Stephen gives a very informative, emotive and easily understood tour of the freedom trail. His passion for the topic is infectious and he clearly enjoys giving of his knowledge and we gratefully appreciated this.Samantha H.Samantha H. ★★★★★ I really enjoyed the story of Boston told along the freedom trail walking tour with Stephen. Even in the rain, we managed to see so much and learned so many interesting facts about Boston! Our guide was super knowledgable and had lots of good anecdotes. I loved that it was a wider history of Boston, all the way from the beginnings of the city to more modern day history. I recommend to anyone looking for a tour of this cool city.Ella S.Ella S. ★★★★★ Excellent tour!!! It was fun, witty, informative, interesting and a really great way to get to know the city's history!Clara B.Clara B. ★★★★★ THE STORY OF BOSTON TOLD ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL: Stephen was great and I learned a lot!! Great tourAnne G.Anne G. ★★★★★ The tour was insightful and fabulous! Thanks Stephen!Angela C.Angela C. ★★★★★ Kelson AKelson A ★★★★★ Easy to book and extremely well-informed and fun guide! Great way to get out of the classic Freedom Trail rut.Josiane C.Josiane C. ★★★★★ Guide rich in relevance and fine analysis of the history of Boston. Very pleasant and very dynamic visit! I recommend.Kathleen K.Kathleen K. ★★★★★ THE STORY OF BOSTON TOLD ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL was an awesome tour conducted by Stephen. He told many stories that I was not familiar with and I love history. Both my son and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend his tour highly!Alexandra T.Alexandra T. ★★★★★ Stephen was very knowledgeable and made the walking tour informative and fun!Sam G.Sam G. ★★★★★ THE STORY OF BOSTON TOLD ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL was a fantastic tour, Stephen was really passionate and knowledgeable about Boston's historyMARIO P.MARIO P. ★★★★★ Excelente tour recorre toda la historia de Boston de forma comprensible y amena. Stephen muy buen guía.Mélanie B.Mélanie B. ★★★★★ Armina Parvaresh R.Armina Parvaresh R. ★★★★★ Initially did a tour with them in san francisco and now did one in NOLA. We did two of them and they were both great. Very professional and entertaining!Kelli G.Kelli G. ★★★★★ This was great! I bought three self guided audio tours in Boston, Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill and Harvard/Cambridge. I did all three of them yesterday and had such a lovely time. I have been to Boston a few times but this was the first time I really explored the area. The audio information was detailed without being boring. They also did a great job of creating the tour in an organized way that made sense to where you wanted to be when it ended. It was easy to follow. This was a great way to spend an entire day in Boston! I will. use this again when traveling to other places.Rebecca C.Rebecca C. ★★★★★ History of Boston tour led by Stephen today was informative and amusing - I highly recommend this tour to those wanting just a little more than the usual tourist offerings. Led by passionate, informed & entertaining guides - this tour is well worth a generous gratuity to the proud Bostonians who give their time to enrich our enjoyment of this beautiful cityArianna C.Arianna C. ★★★★☆ Neil S.Neil S. ★★★★★ What's not to love about a FREEEE tour through a city? I loved doing these while traveling solo in Europe.Chloe C.Chloe C. ★★★★★ Very inexpensive. You " name-your-own-price, there is an optional $2.75 booking fee" or you can take a private tour with your friends and/or family.We did the Beacon Hill crime tour with Bart. All the grisly crimes and puritan shenanigans. For eg. You could get your ear chopped off for gossiping when the puritans ruled Boston.Very entertaining tour and so many options for fabulous restaurants in Beacon Hill after the tour.Lauren E.Lauren E. ★★★★★ Andrew was a great tour guide for the Boston Freedom Trail tour! This tour is a great introduction to the history of Boston. Highly recommend!mauricio R.mauricio R. ★★★★★ I bought the audio recording. Enjoyed listening while following the freedom trail.Tanya F.Tanya F. ★★★★★ Karl H.Karl H. ★★★★★ Had David P. As a tour guide today and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the tour was amazing. He knew the subject matter so well and it was paced great.Adam D'Ambra (RAD-CON L.Adam D'Ambra (RAD-CON L. ★★★★★ I had no idea what to expect, it was exceptional! We would highly recommend taking the tour again because the tour guides all tell a little bit different of a story. Great history lesson and we enjoyed ourselves very muchRUMINARUMINA ★★★★★ BRIAN was a superb tour guide. Funny, entertaining and yet so informative. I don't know if you can request guides, if so, request Brian.js_loader

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Tour Description

Boston's historic center may be small, but it packs in so much history.

From an experiment in Puritan exclusiveness to an inclusive modern metropolis, every street, corner, and building whispers stories of the past.

The Boston Massacre and the original Tea Party took place here. Sam Adams, Ben Franklin, and George Washington all roamed its streets.

Before you take our tour, read our Freedom Trail Map and Guide for advice on parking, food, and maps.


Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll the Freedom Trail's ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and the independence of a nation.

It's the epic story of Boston's rise and America's birth.

Before taking the tour, read up on some of the sites and characters covered on our Freedom Trail Sites List.

Sights we cover on the tour:

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • King's Chapel
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old State House
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • Faneuil Hall
  • and much more!
Freedom Trail Tour Boston

Tour Information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Outside the Park St. T Station on the eastern edge of Boston Common (map). The tour ends at Faneuil Hall.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: View our full tour schedule.

This tour runs year-round

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.

Save even more money with a Boston tourist discount pass.

GPS Enabled Self Guided Tour of Boston

Can't make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them up in an audio format. 

Each tour offers an offline option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so you don't need to have GPS maps running with the app.

Here is how it works:

  1. Purchase an Audio Tour
  2. Receive a confirmation email with all the details.
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don't download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.

Listen to a sample of our Freedom Trail Tour.

And much, much more

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