As one of Boston's oldest cemeteries, the Copp's Hill Burying Ground has graves dating as far back as the 1650s. Former slaves, artisans, shipbuilders, and clergymen were all laid to rest here. This centuries-old graveyard is a stop along the Freedom Trail, which is easy to explore on self-guided tours, walking tours, and even ghost tours.
A visit to Copp's Hill Burying Ground should be part of a wider North End adventure. You can visit sights on the Freedom Trail, relax in Langone Park, and stroll along the Harborwalk to enjoy views of Boston Harbor. This is also a great place to eat. Find restaurants with waterfront views along Atlantic Avenue, and top-notch Italian eateries among the winding streets of the historically Italian-American area.
Things to know before you go
- History fans shouldn't miss Copp's Hill Burying Ground, which played a role in the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill.
- Don't miss the Snowhill Street side of the cemetery, where many free black Bostonians were buried.
- Copp's Hill Burying Ground is often less crowded than the Granary Burying Ground.
- Travelers report that the burying ground is not wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
If you're not joining a Freedom Trail tour or opting for a self-guided stroll, the most convenient way to visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground is by public transit. You can take the MBTA orange line to North Station or Haymarket Station. Find the cemetery entrance on Hull Street, between Snow Hill Street and Sterling Place.
When to get there
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground holds regular hours throughout the week. Be sure to visit the cemetery during opening hours, since you can expect to find the gates locked if you arrive late. Summer is typically busiest—since it's tourist season—so visit off-season for fewer crowds.
What to Eat in the North End
Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a short walk from numerous Italian eateries, including pizzerias serving delectable Sicilian-style pies crisped to perfection. Find family-style Italian-American cuisine and charming trattorias. Neptune Oyster is a standout for seafood, while Regina Pizzeria is the old-school no-frills choice if you're in the mood for pizza. When in doubt, stroll along Hanover Street and Salem Street to find something delicious.
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