King's Chapel
King's Chapel
4.5
History MuseumsChurches & Cathedrals
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Built in 1754, this was the first Anglican church in America; it later became the country's first Unitarian house of worship.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Government Center • 3 min walk
  • State • 3 min walk
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  • Charlotte
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mitchel is the best!
    This was such a good tour! We went down to the crypt and our tour guide, Mitchel, was awesome!!! He was friendly, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable. 100/10 recommend during your tour of Boston. (Mitchel if you see this, this is the mom and daughter who are “Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.” 😉
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2023
  • texazcharlie
    McKinney, Texas89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit
    We did not do the crypt tour as others have mentioned, but walked through the church on July 4th. The different booths for worship are interesting. Don't miss the booth to the right of the altar where General George Washington sat while watching a concert there in the 1770s. Beautiful building.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Nicole J
    Roseburg, Oregon5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extended tour is worth way more then what we paid
    Emily absolutely nailed our tour of Kings Chapel today. She was extremely informative and passionate about the facility and the history behind it. The extended tour included going down into the crypt (the only one in Boston open this summer) and going up to the bell tower where the last bell that Paul Revere worked on is still in operation. (FYI It's massive) We were able to go through secret tunnels and trap doors (how cool is that?) and learn the history of the building, the area, and even see pictures from inside of a crypt (you don't have to look at these but as a history buff I needed to see them). This tour was worth way more then we paid. I HIGHLY recommend doing the extended tour of Kings Chapel if you are in the area. This has been the best tour of the trip so far and honestly going up into the bell tower was one of the coolest experiences I think I have done when it comes to historical tours.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Mollie W
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour
    The church has a really cool history and you don’t need to have a guided tour, but we did the bell and bones tour with the guide Will. He was very knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer my endless questions. I went on the tour with my 72 year old mother and she was able to do everything except the last set of stairs to the bell. If you have the opportunity to go here do!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • historylover3
    Somerville, Massachusetts150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful historic site and religious services
    This is one of my absolute favorite historic churches in Boston. It is truly exquisite. In addition to being a wonderful historic site, I also recommend it for anyone interested in attending Christian religious services. King's Chapel is Christian Unitarian, so it is grounded in Christianity coupled with a very welcoming and open-minded approach to people and issues in the world. The Sunday 11 a.m. service has beautiful music, the liturgy retains much of the older language and power of earlier times, with sermons that are often profound yet totally relatable for anyone today. Best of all worlds, IMHO.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 December 2023
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historylover3
Somerville, MA150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is one of my absolute favorite historic churches in Boston. It is truly exquisite. In addition to being a wonderful historic site, I also recommend it for anyone interested in attending Christian religious services. King's Chapel is Christian Unitarian, so it is grounded in Christianity coupled with a very welcoming and open-minded approach to people and issues in the world. The Sunday 11 a.m. service has beautiful music, the liturgy retains much of the older language and power of earlier times, with sermons that are often profound yet totally relatable for anyone today. Best of all worlds, IMHO.
Written 3 December 2023
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Mollie W
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The church has a really cool history and you don’t need to have a guided tour, but we did the bell and bones tour with the guide Will. He was very knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer my endless questions. I went on the tour with my 72 year old mother and she was able to do everything except the last set of stairs to the bell. If you have the opportunity to go here do!
Written 15 October 2023
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Nicole J
Roseburg, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Emily absolutely nailed our tour of Kings Chapel today. She was extremely informative and passionate about the facility and the history behind it.
The extended tour included going down into the crypt (the only one in Boston open this summer) and going up to the bell tower where the last bell that Paul Revere worked on is still in operation. (FYI It's massive) We were able to go through secret tunnels and trap doors (how cool is that?) and learn the history of the building, the area, and even see pictures from inside of a crypt (you don't have to look at these but as a history buff I needed to see them).

This tour was worth way more then we paid. I HIGHLY recommend doing the extended tour of Kings Chapel if you are in the area. This has been the best tour of the trip so far and honestly going up into the bell tower was one of the coolest experiences I think I have done when it comes to historical tours.
Written 22 August 2023
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texazcharlie
McKinney, TX89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We did not do the crypt tour as others have mentioned, but walked through the church on July 4th. The different booths for worship are interesting. Don't miss the booth to the right of the altar where General George Washington sat while watching a concert there in the 1770s. Beautiful building.
Written 11 July 2023
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Charlotte
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This was such a good tour! We went down to the crypt and our tour guide, Mitchel, was awesome!!! He was friendly, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable. 100/10 recommend during your tour of Boston. (Mitchel if you see this, this is the mom and daughter who are “Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.” 😉
Written 8 April 2023
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Mikaela97
Martin, SD19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Erica gave us an amazing tour of the church, crypt and the bell tower. Highly recommended. She answered questions we threw at her with out hesitation.
Written 16 July 2022
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Travel R
Rochester, MN1,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Just another old church unless you understand the history which makes the placement of this church at the time quite interesting.
Written 2 July 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
King's Chapel is a very small Church set around the middle of the Freedom Trail.
It's one of the oldest Churches in the US dating back to 1686 when it was made of wood (the present one is rebuilt of stone).
Interiors are modest, and the most interesting I found the box pews for wealthy families which I must admit I've never seen before.
There's an entry fee of 5$ for which I deduct one star, as imo places of worship should be free for everyone (at least the ground Church level).
Written 15 June 2022
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I visited the King's Chapel in November 2021 as part of doing the Freedom Trail. I paid a $5 admission fee. The inside of the church was interesting with white box pews, a nice altar, chandelier, organ. This church relates more to the period before the American revolutionary war and pre-revolution Massachusetts. I think it is worth a visit and it only took about 15 minutes. Afterwards, I quickly went to the adjoining burying ground.
Written 1 December 2021
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a rather small Unitarian church. It has the separated seating for families who likely paid for their own seating area and upstairs seating for others. The chandelier is quite pretty. The church is still in use. Admission is $5. I feel it’s worth it for a quick look. A docent was in the chapel to answer questions.
Written 20 October 2021
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