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The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which was peripherally involved in the battle. It was the original objective of both the colonial and British troops, though the majority of combat took place on the adjacent hill which later became known as Breed's Hill.
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The 220-foot-high stone obelisk of Bunker Hill Monument is easily visible from all over Boston, so it only makes sense that the view from it is pretty impressive. It sits atop Breeds [not Bunker] Hill, and is part of the Boston National Historic Park. At its base is a small museum with one or two interpretive rangers. Entrance is free, although donations are accepted. The spiral staircase to the top has 294 steps. They are helpfully numbered every 25 steps, so you can pace yourself. At the top there are four windows that look over Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, and Boston Harbor. There are rings near the windows that were previously used to hang flags on holidays, before glass was put in the windows. There is also a very small brass cannon from the battle hanging on one wall. If you are in shape, this is a great way to get a beautiful view of the whole area. I recommend it.
Really cool spot. Rich history. Did not make it to the top due to having my backpack and had already walked 10+ miles that day, but will likely return. It's free to visit and walk up. There is a museum across the street too. It has a gift shop, but the exhibits are free to look at .
It's one of the Freedom Trail sites and is instrumental in America's quest for independence from British rule. The elevation is not very high so it's not daunting to reach. The views are not quite scenic; you'll need a higher elevation for that. If you are doing the Freedom Trail tour and are coming from downtown Boston, you can walk for about 40 minutes or take a 20-minute bus ride. If you're coming from the USS Constitution, it's only a 10-minute walk.
While the stairs do provide a challenge for most, it's well worth it. The view you have of the city at the top is amazing. Don't underestimate the effort it'll take to get to the top though, bringing water wouldn't be a bad idea, especially during the summer!
Excellent way to get a view of Boston for free, and get good exercise in the process, as getting to the top requires climbing 294 steps, and there is no elevator. I did it twice on my first visit to Boston, and plan to do it many times in the future. It is also a great landmark of American history!
Great monument that funny enough is not on bunker hill. You can get free tickets to climb the 275+ step monument to have a nice view of Boston. There isn’t much room at the top which is why they make you get tickets at the museum across the street. Have plaques around the monument to tell the history of the location. The lawn is beautiful as well and it seems they’re pretty lax about it as some people were playing some catch on the law a bit a ways away. Nice place to visit.
The beginning/end of the Freedom Trail in Boston. The Bunker Hill Monument looks very much like the Washington Monument, only smaller. You can walk up 294 steps to the top of the monument to see a view of Boston from way up. You just have to secure a ticket that's free to go for certain times. A very Boston experience; it was pretty fun, but not for the faint of heart.
A must visit for any first time Boston visitor, this is a historic monument commemorating the first major battle between the British and the Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War. The monument itself and the visitor center in front are accessible to all, the 294 stairs to reach the top is not for the faint of heart, or the claustrophobic, space is tight, you will encounter people descending as you are ascending and contact is inevitable. There's also not much space at the top, so it's better to plan the visit when there's less visitors (try calling beforehand and asking when is the best time). Otherwise, the view from the top is quite nice and the wind will refresh you.
I had so much fun here. I wasn't going to think I would like it at all because of the 294 steps but it really wasn't bad. I also got really pictures
Really worthwhile visit. We came here after seeing the USA Constitutional. Everywhere was kept immaculately clean. There are information boards at various points which are really helpful. I believe you can get free tickets to climb up the monument from the museum across the street. We didn't bother as we were just behind a school party. Really interesting historical site and the finale to the Freedom Trail. Would highly recommend.
We had a great time on our last day in Boston going up to Bunker Hill and exploring the monument. We started up the hill from our hotel down on the water at about 8:45 and arrived just as the museum was opening up. The park service manages the number of people going up and down the tower by assigning times to people to climb the tower. The first and last half-hour of the day is open to anyone that wants to climb without an assigned time, but getting a ticket is free and really not a big deal. It is a small inconvenience for not feeling claustrophobic when you get to the top. There are 294 steps to the top of the tower to the observation area. Once you are in the observation area you have great views of the Boston skyline and the surrounding river and waterfront. It was a great time and a way to get a little exercise into my day.
I love history! We started the Freedom Trail at the Bunker Hill Memorial, and I think that was a good choice. Apparently, a lot of people start at the other end, and decide NOT to see Bunker Hill because it's a long walk from the last closest point, but if you start there you're still fresh. Also, the story of Bunker Hill is a stunning tale of combat heroism. In in the Army, so I truly enjoyed reading about the Soldiers who fought here. Definitely worth your time.
If you follow the freedom trail, this is the last stop. A little walk from USS Constitution but well worth it. Definitely a must see in Boston. There's hop on hop off trolleys going up to USS Constitution if you don't want to walk the freedom trail. But from there it's a 5 min walk. If not, you can take an Uber. Beautiful Monument. Climb up all the way to the top if you have the energy.
This was absolutely incredible. The museum is well done, providing great context for the scene of the battle. The monument is fittingly impressive. The 300 stairs are no joke, and if you're not fit it would probably be best not to attempt the climb, but if you can make it, it's worth every step. The view is breathtaking. This might be my favorite historical site in Boston.
The museum gave great insight into the historical background of the Monument. It's the best place to take a rest after finish walking the Freedom Trail. The view of Boston is amazing. Also, the Monument is just within walking distance from USS Constitution. Take a stroll through the quaint, historical neighborhood. It's simply satisfying.
The significance of this site makes it possibly one of the most sought after destinations on the Freedom Trail. There is plenty of written history around and about but, the museum didn't hold our interest as much as other places. The monument was packed and the line to climb up the steps was long. We opted out of the climb because it was very that day anyways and we didn't feel like waiting. Lovely park area around the monument
It's a historic monument located in Boston. I recommend using the bus to get here, there isn't a lot of parking. The hill has the monument, but there is a museum across the street. Freedom Trail start/ends at the Bunker Hill Memorial.The Bunker Hill Monument looks very much like the Washington Monument, only smaller. It's a little work-out getting up there, as there is no elevator to the top, though climbing the 275+ steps to the top is well worth it when you see the view! I took some memorable photos at the top.
This is something we really enjoyed while we were visiting Boston. It is free and it is not packed. Not too many people walk up the stairs and we have been there during the graduation week. Amazing to look down, loved the numbers on the steps. Made it with 2 little children and they loved it, too. Do this while you are in Boston.
What a historic battlefield located in Boston. I recommend using the bus to get here, there isn't a lot of parking. The hill has the monument, but there is a museum across the street. You can climb the monument, but it is a steep climb. I would not recommend it with small children. The views are worth the effort.