Kennedy and Boston Irish Tour

From the time of the Great Famine to the age of the Kennedys, America has long been fascinated by the history of the Boston Irish. They have been the subject of television shows, movies, books and much more.

But do you know how the Irish went from unimaginable squalor in Boston, to eventually achieving the highest levels of political office? Join us on Free Tours by Foot’s exciting journey through the world of the Boston Irish. You will learn to appreciate Boston as a thought provoking conflict of opposites, a long drama between the wealthy and powerful versus a group of poor, displaced and despised newcomers. See the neighborhood where the Irish overcrowded into tenement housing, hear stories of the colorful and controversial politics of Mayor Curley and about the Kennedy family’s ascension to power from tavern keepers to a world class political dynasty.

Sites we will be visiting on the tour include.

  • John F. Kennedy StatueSt.-Stephens-Church-Rose-Kennedy s
  • The Old City Hall
  • The State House on Beacon Hill
  • James Michael Curley Statue
  • America’s First Subway
  • Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace
  • St. Stephen’s Church
  • Mayor Kevin White Statue
  • The Union Oyster House
  • City Hall Plaza
  • Irish Famine Memorial
  • Omni Parker Hotel
  • The North End
  • The Old State House
Tour information


Where: The tour meets on the Boston Common outside the Park St. MBTA Station.

The tour ends at St. Stephen’s Church, 401 Hanover St. (map)

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

 When: This tour is not currently running.

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.