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Gateway to New England the laid-back city of Boston is characterised by an evolving culture and world-renowned colleges and universities. With grand architecture, shops to rival those in New York and a diverse and energetic nightlife Boston has much to offer.

Insider Tip

This compact city is easily explored on foot, however the best alternative is to use the T, North subway as it serves most of the city and its outskirts.

With over two thousand restaurants offering dishes from all over the globe you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice when it comes to meal times. For an Italian fix try the North End area and for a taste of the Orient, China Town is the place to go. Seafood is found on most menus and lobster is readily available too, and it’s a good place for trying clam chowder if you haven’t before. As a reminder of Boston’s Irish association there are around 30 Irish pubs.

Faneuil Hall Market Place has a variety of shops all under one roof. Filene’s Basement and Macy’s are well respected stores. The Prudential Center in Back Bay has over 75 shops and restaurants with boutiques for something special. Known as the ’Rodeo Drive of the East’, the two-mile stretch named Newbury Street boasts independent shops and high-end fashion.

Must See

Bunker Hill Monument The 221 foot-high monument marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. If you climb the 294 steps to its summit the views are wonderful.

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum Be transported back in time to December 16th 1773 with interactive exhibits recreating the day when 340 chests of tea were taken from ships and dumped in Boston harbour by the Sons of Liberty.

China Town For everything authentically Chinese take a browse or enjoy some food in this small district.

Must Do

Call in at the Bull & Finch, you may recognise it as the pub in the hit TV series, ‘Cheers’. Follow the Freedom Trail and take in 16 historical places of interest from the last two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past. It can be completed on foot in three hours.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts to admire one of the most comprehensive collections of impressionist and Japanese art. Amongst the artefacts are paintings, fashion, jewellery, pottery and publications.