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The Flat of Beacon Hill

Byron Street Carriage House Boston Beacon Hill

Tour Description

This walking tour is inspired by Samuel Eliot Morison's childhood memoir One Boy's Boston. Discover Morison's neighborhood on this tour through one of Boston's least known and most delightful areas.

The Flat of Beacon Hill is built on 19th century-made land along the Charles River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally part of Beacon Hill, with the architecture of both.

This intimate patch of real estate soon acquired carriage houses and horse stables owned by the wealthy families living on Beacon Hill. Today, many of these edifices have been converted into charming residences and seamlessly blend among the notable landmarks such as the Charles Street Meeting House, the Church of the Advent, and the Sunflower Castle.

What do Sam Mayday Malone, a private-eye named Spenser, and a Fox Terrier named Igloo have in common? They all know the Flat is where it's at!

Tour Information

tour duration
DURATION

90 minutes

tour distance
DISTANCE

1 mile

tour terrain level 1
TERRAIN

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide outside the Charles/MGH MBTA station on the Red Line.

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

Nearest MBTA Station: Charles/MGH (Red Line)

“Our tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable, informative, great sense of humor. Her enthusiasm for the history of this period was contagious. I will definitely recommend this tour to visitors to Boston.”
— San Francisco, CA