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The North End: Boston's Immigration Gateway

Explore Boston’s oldest neighborhood and discover the charm of this unique, compact city space

Paul Revere's house in Boston's North End

Tour Description

Explore Boston’s oldest neighborhood, the North End, with our knowledgeable guide.

Discover the charm of this unique, compact city space that has been home to immigrants for 400 years.

Learn what brought waves of people from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and Italy to the North End; the difficulties they faced when they arrived; and how they made a difference in their new home!

This tour begins at the waterfront and weaves through Boston’s famous ‘crooked and narrow’ streets. It will end in the heart of the North End, the perfect spot to enjoy an Italian treat after the tour!

2023 Member Add-Ons:

Register for the tour on select dates using your membership code for a free tour Add-On option available to members

- Sat May 13 add on a guided visit to the Holocaust Memorial after the tour
- Fri July 21 add on a guided visit to Armenian Heritage Park after the tour
- Sun Aug 20 add on a guided visit to Armenian Heritage Park after the tour
- Sun Oct 15 add on a guided visit to the Holocaust Memorial after the tour

Become a Boston By Foot member today to enjoy free tours and special members events and activities.

Tour Information

tour duration
DURATION

90 minutes

tour distance
DISTANCE

0.88 mile

tour terrain level 2
TERRAIN

potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines

Public Tour Calendar


Private Tours

Boston By Foot private tours are perfect for family groups, school groups, corporate groups, university and alumni groups, people who wish to tour with their pets, and anyone looking for a more personalized tour experience.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, intersection of Richmond St. and Atlantic Ave.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Aquarium (Blue Line)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Salem and Parmenter Streets.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Haymarket (Green & Orange Lines) is 0.3 miles away

“Our tour guide was fabulous. She was informative, interesting, and very knowledgeable. Despite the rain she went out of her way to make sure that we were comfortable all along the way.”
— Roslindale, MA