Bunker Hill Monument
Bunker Hill Monument
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 220-foot granite tower commemorates the Patriots' undaunted bravery in defeat at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill.
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Neighborhood: Charlestown
Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.
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  • Horseman
    Dublin, Ireland120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk
    Being British-born, my knowledge of the Revolutionary War in America is poor, so in following the Freedom Trial (on my own) and reaching the monument, the story of the battle was new to me. I wasn’t aware that you could walk up the inside until a helpful member of staff enquired if I wanted to…it’s free and 294 steps to the top ! View not great, but good exercise and a sense of achievement at the end !
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Ruth J
    Columbus, Indiana19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make the stop and climb to the top
    While touring Boston, my family spent one day in “Charlestown” and the North End. We walked up to Bunker Hill Museum & Monument. The museum was a bit underwhelming, but the climb to the top of the monument is highly recommended. View is awesome! It took 2 parents and their tweens 10 minutes total to go up and down the 294 steps. (Note: there are restrooms and a water bottle filler in the downstairs of the museum, should you need one.)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting historic sight
    It is a short walk from the USS Constitution. We got there and it was too late to climb the monument. The museum was closed as well. What I found disappointing was that there was minimal signage for the museum – it is easy to miss. That said, there isn’t much else to see and appreciate, aside from the monument itself. There were a few posters surrounding it - that gave some information about the battle. The info was enough to get a basic understanding, but that’s all. In other words, if you’re going to go, go when everything is open.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • TN_Dave_00
    Annapolis, Maryland79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthy monument to honor the patriots who fought and died there.
    I brought my son here to learn some of the revolutionary war history of our country on a trip to Boston. The hill is well kept as befits a monument to those brave patriots who for our nation's freedom. Even though the battle was a defeat it was a very significant engagement and showed the British that we were serious. We got there before monument itself opened and walked all around and took advantage of the informational plaques. There was some construction going on, performing maintenance on the stairs around the hill. (Good to see the upkeep in progress.) When it opened we spent some time in small building before climbing the 294 steps to the top of the obelisk. It was well worth the climb. It was interesting to at the base the a model of the original monument before the current one built in 1843. Go see the museum across the street as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • hoben57
    Houston, Texas89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice stop on the Freedom Trail
    We walked from the USS Constitution to the Bunker Hill Monument and I was impressed how nice the neighbor looked. The monument was not open but I wasn't interested in climbing it. Walking the grounds was nice as the area was well kept. The statue was pretty cool as well.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2024
  • LovesToTravel31
    Rocky River, Ohio125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop! Worth the climb to the top!
    After a full day of walking all over Boston, we almost didn’t stop here. We decided to make the 15-minute uphill walk from the USS Constitution, and it turned out to be the highlight of our day. We made the 294-step climb to the top (it was cool inside on a warm day) and enjoyed the amazing views of Boston. Plus, it’s free!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 25, 2024
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Walked up from the Charles River and found the monument very grand and imposing. The museum to the south of the square is fantastic and free. On two levels it give the hirtory of Charleson as well as the battle with an excelent diorama of the battle and a history of the monument.
Written July 30, 2022
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Horseman
Dublin, Ireland120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Being British-born, my knowledge of the Revolutionary War in America is poor, so in following the Freedom Trial (on my own) and reaching the monument, the story of the battle was new to me. I wasn’t aware that you could walk up the inside until a helpful member of staff enquired if I wanted to…it’s free and 294 steps to the top ! View not great, but good exercise and a sense of achievement at the end !
Written June 21, 2023
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Pat B
Oceola, OH5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We went to Bunker Hill to finish our tour of the Freedom Trail. The monument area is beautiful, with a few markers telling what occurred there. We were very disappointed in that there really wasn't much else. It would have been so helpful to have maps in the museum to explain where the battles took place. It was difficult to visualize where anything happened with all the current housing around the monument.
Written May 27, 2021
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A visit will last at most minutes, depending on what a visitor views & reads. Three information stads give an excellect history of the monument which are: 'The Decivive Day has come on which the fate of America depends'-the beginning of a letterr,'This Column Stands On Union!' and 'You are now my enemy and I am yours'. On the south side is a statue of Colonal William Prescott, June 17, 1775. At the southeast corner is a granite stone with the words 'The Redoult THrown Up On The Night Of The Sixteenth Of June 1775'.

One the east side is a stone'plaque about the battle called the Bunker Hill Monument. There are the words-" Don't fire 'til you see the whites of thair eyes" and a drawing of the monument. Also is a map that includes seven sites within two miles whick starts with Bunker Hill in the north to the Old South Meeting House in the south. The monument is included in Boston's Freedom Trail.

A visit is short , yet well worth the time. During my visit I would say 6 other visitors. Just down the south stairsteps is the Bunker Hill Museum.
Written July 7, 2022
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Wismickchick
Kenosha, WI138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
After exploring the Navy Yard in Charlestown, we followed the Freedom Trail to Bunker Hill Monument, which was about a 15 minute walk. The monument is beautiful and the history behind it is quite interesting. We wanted to go up to the top of the monument, but they only allow a certain amount of people in at a time and it's about 300 steps to the top and then back down. There was just too much of a wait, which was a little disappointing. However, this is a must see on the Freedom Trail!
Written August 4, 2022
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Ruth J
Columbus, IN19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
While touring Boston, my family spent one day in “Charlestown” and the North End. We walked up to Bunker Hill Museum & Monument. The museum was a bit underwhelming, but the climb to the top of the monument is highly recommended. View is awesome! It took 2 parents and their tweens 10 minutes total to go up and down the 294 steps. (Note: there are restrooms and a water bottle filler in the downstairs of the museum, should you need one.)
Written June 27, 2023
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Cheesepak
Mt. Lake, United States95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The monument is open now! It's only been open for 2 weeks now, before that it was closed for 2 years. Go up those 294 steps and get a great sight of the city! Only 20 people are allowed at the top so expect some kind of a line. Worth it.
Written July 11, 2022
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B7983SDjulieh
Kingsley, PA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
This was the end of our freedom trail adventure. However it was totally worth it. The diorama in the museum is free and a must see. So cool! We are far from history buffs but brought back history class lessons and was a jump start for the kids.
Written July 23, 2021
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Lisa E
Aurora, CO263 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you want to learn more about the beginnings of the American Revolution, this is a good stop. We walked there from the USS Constitution. The museum has an interesting diorama which lights up while various parts of the Battle of Bunker Hill. The rangers in the museum were very knowledgeable and jumped at the chance to talk about the battle. There are stair, 294 of them, to the top of the monument, but I'd only suggest that if you really wanted to see a nice view of the harbor - it was quite the climb inside a small space.
Written May 24, 2023
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TN_Dave_00
Annapolis, MD79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I brought my son here to learn some of the revolutionary war history of our country on a trip to Boston. The hill is well kept as befits a monument to those brave patriots who for our nation's freedom. Even though the battle was a defeat it was a very significant engagement and showed the British that we were serious. We got there before monument itself opened and walked all around and took advantage of the informational plaques. There was some construction going on, performing maintenance on the stairs around the hill. (Good to see the upkeep in progress.) When it opened we spent some time in small building before climbing the 294 steps to the top of the obelisk. It was well worth the climb. It was interesting to at the base the a model of the original monument before the current one built in 1843. Go see the museum across the street as well.
Written July 24, 2023
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