Flights to Boston
Come for the history, stay for the irrepressible feeling of community
It’s true that its centuries-old heritage is Boston’s primary calling card. This cobblestoned, red brick city was one the first settlements in the United States when it was founded in 1630; today, its top-drawer sights include the colonial-era Faneuil Hall and numerous landmarks from the American Revolutionary War. Boston is also known for its brains, thanks in no small part to Harvard and the 50 or so other colleges and universities that call the area home. But beyond the bricks and the books, this is also a city of eclectic museums, craft beer breweries, passionate sports fans, killer seafood restaurants, and stylish boutiques. Spend any length of time in Bean Town and you’ll have to agree: this city is wicked ahhsome.
Boston video guide
See the Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Faneuil Market, Hatch Shell and more in our video guide to Boston.
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Must do recommendations
The Freedom Trail
Let the Freedom Trail guide you to Boston’s essential historic sites, from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common.
Hop across the Charles River to Cambridge and walk the hallowed halls of Harvard for the afternoon.
Whether you see the Red Sox at Fenway Park or the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, prepare to cheer.
Boston in winter
Don’t be deterred by the cold temperatures – bundle up and hit a sledding hill instead.
Live music in Boston
See touring artists or Berklee College of Music students at a range of venues across town.
Boston Harbor Islands
A quick ferry trip away, Boston’s many Harbor Islands offer a break from the urban hustle-and-bustle.
Food and drink
Brewing in Boston
As one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, Sam Adams may well be Boston’s most famous export. Stop by the brewery for an hour-long tour and tasting session. Harpoon Brewery’s beer hall is another great place to spend an afternoon, while a visit to Trillium Brewing, famed for their hop-forward styles, is a must.
Did you know?
- Established in 1634, Boston Common is the country’s first public park. This 50-acre green space is worth visiting year-round. Throw a Frisbee around, host a picnic, go ice-skating on Frog Pond in the winter and attend open-air concerts in the summer.
- You can thank Boston for your smartphone (well, indirectly). The first ever phone call was made in the city on 10th March 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell called his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, from the next room. He supposedly said: "Watson, come here. I want you!"
- The upscale shopping and dining destination, Newbury Street, was once an underwater stretch of Boston Harbour. It was filled in during the mid-1800s, and was soon after colonised by elegant brownstone homes and thriving businesses.
- Boston is clever-clogs central: it’s home to the country’s first public school (Boston Latin School, which was founded in 1635). And don’t forget the country’s first university: Harvard, located just across the Charles River from Boston proper.
- Boston’s subway, affectionately known as “the T,” was America's first, built in 1897.
Boston’s long history makes it a natural in front of the camera: from historic flicks to contemporary movies, it’s been the setting and backdrop for numerous films. In books and music, too, Boston’s cultural acumen shows. Prepare for your next trip to the City Upon a Hill with the following inspired picks.
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- The L Street Brownies Swim: Held on New Year’s Day for more than a century, this long-running tradition sees hardy swimmers from the Brownies “polar bear” swimming club brave the cold with a plunge into Boston Harbor. Spectators are welcome.
- Boston SciFi Film Festival: An 11-day event which takes place at the historic Somerville Theatre, this festival showcases emerging directors and culminates in a non-stop 24-hour movie orgy otherwise known as The Marathon, or ‘The ‘Thon’.
- St. Patrick’s Day: Boston is THE place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, with an entire week’s worth of events including the annual South Boston Parade from Broadway T-Stop to Andre Square.
- Boston Marathon: Held on Patriot’s Day (the third Monday in April), the Boston Marathon is arguably the world’s most prestigious road race and is one of the six World Marathon Majors, attracting 500,000 spectators every year.
- Lilac Sunday: Come celebrate springtime at the Arnold Arboretum, where the glorious lilac collection is singled out for a full day of festivities, including guided tours, family activities and a delectable line-up of food truck vendors.
- Boston Pride Weekend: In early June, Boston’s annual Pride Parade travels from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza, culminating in a flamboyant festival with live entertainment, a beer and wine lounge and a family fun zone.
- Boston Harborfest: The nation’s largest Fourth of July festival, Boston Harborfest is a 4-day celebration of Boston’s harbour and history, including an opening ceremony at Fanueil Hall.
- Boston Pops Fireworks: With a TV broadcast viewership of around 4.5 million people, the annual Independence Day Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular takes place at the Hatch Shell on Charles River Esplanade, attracting around half a million revellers.
- Dine Out Boston: Held twice a year (in August and March), Dine Out Boston gives locals and visitors the chance to experience prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner at renowned Boston restaurants, all at a special discounted price.
- Boston Local Food Festival: Held on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, this free outdoor festival highlights the speciality food producers, farmers, local restaurants and food trucks all doing their bit to make Boston the USA’s largest sustainable food hub.
- Head of the Charles Regatta: A beloved annual event since 1965, this famous event on the Charles River is the largest 2-day regatta in the world. Join 400,000 spectators along the riverbank to cheer on more than 11,000 rowers from around the world.
- Boston Comedy Festival: In a city well known for producing legendary comedians, this festival showcases the best in stand-up and imaginative comedy and features more than 30 shows. Most performances are for those aged 21+.
- Black Nativity: Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, this much-loved production is the world’s longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play, and is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists.
- First Night, First Day: This New Year’s Eve celebration now has a permanent home in Copley Square and runs from morning until night. The day begins with live entertainment and ice sculptures, followed by a procession to Boston Common, with more performances and a fireworks show to see in the New Year in style.
Before you set off, take a look at our Boston Logan International Airport guide.
The flight time to Boston from London Heathrow is approximately 7 hours and 10 minutes.
Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.
The currency in Boston is the US Dollar (USD).
Boston is known as 'the walking city' and there are many trails criss-crossing the city for you to explore. See more Boston travel information.
The electricity supply is 120 volts in Boston. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.