Beacon HillBoston

Lose yourself in the charming streetscapes, historic buildings and village-like atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.

Historic Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s smallest suburbs, but it sure packs in a lot of charm. Streets are lined with cobblestone sidewalks and flickering gas lamps. Federal-style row houses are dressed with pretty flower boxes and wrought iron fences.

The Beacon Hill area was settled in 1625. Most homes were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and are lovingly preserved. They range from narrow row houses to grand family residences. Look for polished brass door knockers, which have become the unofficial symbol of the suburb. Don’t be content just to browse the exteriors of Beacon Hill’s stately homes; pay a visit to the Nichols House Museum. Built in 1804, this four-story town house showcases the original furnishings, crafts and day-to-day objects of the early 1900s.

Delve deeper into Beacon Hill’s history and join one of the many paid or free walking tours offered by local tourist agencies. You can even take an online tour before going. The suburb is also a wonderful place to discover on your own. Pick up a coffee from one of many cafés and wander the cobblestone streets at your leisure. Acorn Street is one of the area’s most picturesque and frequently photographed streets. Additionally, look out for Mount Vernon Street and Louisburg Square, two of the most exclusive addresses in Boston.

Pick up that perfect Boston memento from one of the many antique and craft shops on Charles Street, Beacon Hill’s main thoroughfare. Pull up a bar stool in Cheers Beacon Hill, the pub that provided the inspiration for the hit 1980s TV show “Cheers.” Bibliophiles will want to check out the Boston Athenaeum, an exquisitely decorated and furnished private library that overlooks the Granary Burying Grounds. Just across Beacon Street is the domed State House, the home of Massachusetts state politics.

Christmas is considered one of the loveliest times to visit Beacon Hill. Just when you think the neighborhood can’t get any prettier, a thick blanket of snow covers the cobblestones and adds another layer of magic.

The Beacon Hill area is located just north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. You can get there by subway, bus or car.

Top hotels in Beacon Hill

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Whitney Hotel
The Whitney Hotel
4 out of 5
170 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Located in Beacon Hill, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Public Garden. The Freedom Trail and Museum of Science ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)

"I loved the boutique feel of this hotel and the staff was courteous and very helpful. The room was beautiful, modern and so clean! Their restaurant did not disappoint-although small, the food was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and will recommend this hotel to everyone I know!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

The Whitney Hotel
Fifteen Beacon
Fifteen Beacon
5 out of 5
15 Beacon St, Boston, MA
The price is £387 per night

Located in Beacon Hill, this luxury hotel is steps away from Suffolk University, The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing. Boston Common and Boston Opera House ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (269 reviews)

"There were so many thoughtful touches and amenities, such as bathrobes, slippers, fresh flowers on the room service tray and in the bathroom, newspaper delivery, a town car for local transport,etc. I also loved the cozy gas fireplace. I would absolutely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Fifteen Beacon
Sonder - Hancock Suites
Sonder - Hancock Suites
3.5 out of 5
40 Hancock Street, Boston, MA

Located in Beacon Hill, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Massachusetts State House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Massachusetts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Great apartment even better staff! So helpful and nice !!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Sonder - Hancock Suites
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
3 out of 5
25 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Located in Beacon Hill, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, and The Freedom Trail. Newbury Street and Downtown ...

4.4/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"Great location, nice people, clean. Needs some updates"…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2019

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is £201 per night

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,167 reviews)

"We were one of only a few patrons staying at the inn due to covid-19. I was packing my daughter up from her college dorm to take her home. We had to stay longer because of the time restrictions that I could be in her dorm. The staff was fantastic—from the reception desk to environmental services ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Best Western Plus Waltham Boston
Best Western Plus Waltham Boston
3 out of 5
380 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
The price is £59 per night

Located in West End, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bentley College and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Brandeis University. Burlington Mall and St. Elizabeth's Medical ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,116 reviews)

"Great room size and nice amenities. Great handling of covid situation and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 23 May 2020

Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

Popular places to visit in Beacon Hill

Massachusetts State House
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Massachusetts State House

Delve into history or watch government in action at this bold, elegant monument to the political values of this proudly historical state. 

King's Chapel
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King's Chapel

You can learn about the history of Boston with a trip to King's Chapel. Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or experience its acclaimed theatre scene.

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(204 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Boston University
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Boston University

4/5(17 reviews)

Explore the campus of Boston University, a top university in Boston. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Beacon Hill

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£41
Per adult
Private Guided Freedom Trail Tour
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Private Guided Freedom Trail Tour

£207
Per adult
New England Aquarium Admission
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New England Aquarium Admission

84% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

76% of travellers recommend
£53
Per adult
Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

88% of travellers recommend
£41
Per adult
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
£25
Per adult