Boston

The spark of the American nation, Boston is one of the grand old cities in the United States. With almost 400 years to its name, history is very much woven into the colourful fabric that underlies this modern metropolis. Discover a city that reveals things, both new and old, to see and experience around every corner.

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Home to some of the most important events during the American War of Independence, the beginnings of the United States of America was very much forged here in Boston. Today, visitors can discover the city’s fascinating history through the so-called ‘Freedom Trail, which will pass the sites of key events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. If you’re more into exploring some of the other sides of the city, then don’t worry, Boston is packed with things to do and see. Explore the quaint old streets and townhouses of Beacon Hill, shop in the trendy Newbury Street, or hang out in America’s oldest park Boston Common, from where the ‘Freedom Trail’ starts. Grab a cup of coffee and a break under the trees before continuing your discovery of the city. Walk along Boston Harbor, enjoy the tranquillity around the old fortress on Castle Island or visit one of Boston’s many art spaces. Delight in the creativity that abounds at The Institute of Contemporary Art or discover the urban artistic jewel that is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. For a cultural polar opposite, head to the Museum of Bad Art, which, true to its name, contains some truly bad but highly amusing artwork. For a more intellectual experience, you can cross the Charles River to the other half of Boston, known as Cambridge. Home to two of the world’s leading academic institutions, Harvard and MIT, go for a walk around the wonderful old campus of Harvard or visit the MIT Museum for an insight into some of the cool and innovative projects that have been undertaken here. Boston is one of the stalwart cities in the short but eventful history of the United States, and today it has evolved into a vibrant and trendy place. A break in this city will leave you spoilt for choice of things to do and see, and, as an added treat, you are also only a short drive away from the picturesque landscapes and villages of New England.

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