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Marblehead
Travel Guide

Marblehead featuring a bay or harbour and a park

With a bright, old-fashioned haven of rickety houses and cobbled roads, this town also has a rich cultural heritage and splendid coastal scenery.

Admire colonial architecture and Revolutionary War artwork in Marblehead. Embrace a rich maritime culture at the region’s premier yachting port and follow leafy paths to deserted beaches.

Marblehead, settled in 1629, is claimed as the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. This title dates back to 1775 when the schooner Hannah became the first vessel commissioned for battle by George Washington. Today’s maritime culture remains strong. View the pretty harbor holding over 2,000 boats.

Stroll along the narrow streets and admire shades of cream, yellow and blue coating many of the buildings from the 1600s and 1700s. Look inside boutique clothing and craft stores or purchase nautical-themed souvenirs shaped from wood and ceramics.

Walk to Abbot Hall. Unmissable for its red-brick façade, its high clock tower is visible from all parts of town. View fascinating artifacts including the original title deed given by the region’s native tribe in 1684. Don’t miss the Spirit of ’76 painting by Archibald M. Willard.

Visit the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, an impressive federal structure built in 1768 that now holds a museum of period toys and furnishings. Priceless relics illustrating a turbulent seafaring past are placed in rooms decorated with lavish chandeliers and canvases.

From here enjoy a leisurely walk to Fort Sewall at the northern end of town. Constructed in 1644 and enlarged in 1742 to defend against French ships, this weathered structure now has an area of luscious parkland around it.

Comparable for its natural beauty and tranquility is Marblehead Neck, reaching into the Atlantic from the town center. See homes of the rich as you follow tree-covered trails leading to secluded coves perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Marblehead is in Essex County, a 40-minute drive north of Boston. Come at the beginning of July for the Festival of the Arts, a 3-day extravaganza of painting, street performances and children’s activities.

The Hotel Marblehead
The Hotel Marblehead
3.5 out of 5
264 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £149 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated by the ocean, this boutique hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Fort Sewall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Peabody Essex Museum and House of the Seven Gables. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)
"Room was very nice, bed was very comfortable. Air-conditioning was so-so and very loud. Night light in the bathroom would have been nice."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

The Hotel Marblehead
Harbor Light Inn
Harbor Light Inn
3.5 out of 5
58 Washington St, Marblehead, MA
The price is £209 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Situated near the airport, this romantic inn is within a 10-minute walk of Marblehead Museum & Historical Society and Fort Sewall. Salem Museum and Peabody Essex ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"Quintessential New England Inn with elegant furnishings, excellent bedding and impeccable service. beautiful garden and pool area. Host was friendly and very helpful. shops and restaurants within walking distance ."

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Harbor Light Inn
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
36 Chestnut St, 36R, Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this romantic holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay, Riverhead Beach, and Marblehead Museum & Historical ...
5/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Francie’s hideaway
"This is my second time staying at Francie’s property. She is the most AMAZING host. Goes above and beyond for her guests and is as sweet as can be! We were beyond comfortable all weekend. Love Marblehead and the locals. Can’t wait to get back!"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
36 Chestnut St, 36R, Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this romantic holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay, Riverhead Beach, and Marblehead Museum & Historical ...
5/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Francie’s hideaway
"This is my second time staying at Francie’s property. She is the most AMAZING host. Goes above and beyond for her guests and is as sweet as can be! We were beyond comfortable all weekend. Love Marblehead and the locals. Can’t wait to get back!"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Harbor View Suite A Beautiful Spot on the Harbor in Historic Old Town Marblehead
Harbor View Suite A Beautiful Spot on the Harbor in Historic Old Town Marblehead
61R Front St, Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay and Marblehead Museum & Historical Society. Fort Sewall ...
5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Beautiful place in a beautiful little town
"This place was amazing. Kristen was also great and answered all questions promptly. I would recommend this place to everyone. The views were stunning."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2021

Harbor View Suite A Beautiful Spot on the Harbor in Historic Old Town Marblehead
Historical Flat in Old Town - Best Location!
Historical Flat in Old Town - Best Location!
218 Washington St, Apt 6, Marblehead, MA
Situated in Marblehead, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay and Marblehead Museum & Historical Society. Fort Sewall and Salem ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Close to everything in Marblehead
"The apartment was clean and access was easy. Stairs are a bit steep so if you have trouble with stairs or mobility issues it may not work for you. The property is close to everything in Marblehead and I would definitely stay there again. The cleaning fee was reasonable as well."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

Historical Flat in Old Town - Best Location!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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