Welcome to Beacon Hill
A stately Boston neighborhood with historical architecture
Beacon Hill is a half-square-mile neighborhood located north of Boston Common. It's one of Boston's most beautiful and oldest neighborhoods and dates back to the European settlement in Boston. Its landscape was made up of three hills shorn off in the early 1800s to make the area buildable.
Beacon Hill has grown into one of the most stunning neighborhoods in the US, thanks to its unique fusion of dignified Federal and Georgian homes alongside narrow cobblestone streets, local boutiques, and popular restaurants.
What to Love
- Unique architecture that dates back to the Federalist and Georgian era
- Narrow cobblestone streets
- Numerous historic sites
- Streets lined with lamps
- An excellent restaurant scene
Beacon Hill presents an elegant and secluded lifestyle. It's the perfect place away from the bustling Boston Theatre District or Back Bay's shopping scene. The iconic Acorn Street is the center of Beacon Hill's beauty. This iconic alleyway is the most photographed street in the US, with its image gracing countless paintings. It's the perfect place for an evening stroll.
Other noteworthy places where locals love to hang out include Chestnut Street, Mt Vernon Street, and Louisburg Square. You will also find Beacon Hill residents at Charles Street, a quaint shopping locale filled with boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops.
Beacon Hill also has plenty of green space and an elegant public garden where locals hang out. Boston Common is the main destination for all things recreation. It offers 50 acres of green space with 24 acres of historical monuments and memorials. During the summer months, old-fashioned carousels are set up for the residents to enjoy rides. There's also an adjacent Frog Pond where you can cool off your feet from the hot summer sun. In winter, the park is transformed into an ice-skating rink where locals spend their evenings skating.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining in Beacon Hill brings a sophisticated and intimate culinary experience. 1928 Beacon Hill serves the classiest American cuisine in this neighborhood. They also have handcrafted cocktails served in their cozy antiquarian setting.
If you're looking for a luxurious refuge away from the bustling Charles Street, look no further than Grotto. Their homemade dishes, like beef tenderloin over creamy risotto and tagliatelle, are a must-try, but their banana bread pudding will have you coming back for more.
Charles Street has various shops that guarantee the most exceptional shopping experience. Crush Boutique should be your destination if you're looking for a blend of contemporary fashion items. Shopper's favorites include Shoshanna, Alice + Olivia, and Parker.
Things to Do
You cannot miss things to do in Beacon Hill. Start your exploration of the neighborhood with a walk down Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile trail begins at the Boston Common and leads to 16 historic sites, including Bunker Hill Monument, Faneuil Hall, and King's Chapel.
A visit to Boston Athenaeum will teach you more about Boston, Massachusetts, and New England's history. Its oriental rugs, sculpture, fresh flower arrangements, and oil painting furnishings make you feel like you're entering a stately home. Behind the Athenaeum, you'll find Granary Burying Ground. It's the famous resting place for freedom-loving patriots like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere.
Boston Public Schools serve the community of Beacon Hill.