Step into the Old North Church and watch your history books come alive. You may recall from middle school the well-known rhyme "one if by land, two if by sea," about the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere. The light signal was held here in the steeple of Boston's oldest religious building, formally known as "Christ Church in the City of Boston." Constructed in 1723, this church stands sturdy today at 193 Salem Street, appropriately located in Boston's North End.
When you walk through the doors, expect majestic chandeliers, box pews, and a bright white-paint interior reflecting the Boston sun cascading in through the windows. While the inside is beautiful as it is, current plans are in order to restore the church entirely back to its colonial appearance.
As one of the premier stops on the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church holds regular services on Sunday and Thursday, in addition to free, informational visiting hours. Behind the scenes tours are also available for a more involved presentation. Don't have time to stop in? If, by chance, you are strolling through the North End on a Saturday, you will hear rings from the oldest bells in the country, all eight of them held in the steeple and rung by the MIT Guild of Bellringers.
- Seasonal, please check website for current hours
- Freedom trail drop-in: Free
- Behind the scenes tours: Adults: $8, Students/Seniors/Military: $6, Children 16 and under: $5
- Subway Stop:
- Red and orange lines to the Haymarket stop
- Location: 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-523-6676
- Website: www.oldnorth.com