Charlestown is Boston’s oldest neighborhood and one that is steeped in American history.

Welcome to Charlestown

This historic one-square-mile section of the city has much to offer today’s residents.


Located on the banks of the Mystic and Charles Rivers, Charlestown is Boston’s oldest neighborhood and one that is steeped in American history. Like many of Boston’s neighborhoods, Charlestown has evolved into a busy, modern city with an influx of urban working professionals. Despite these changes, this lively town still exudes old-world charm and has a small-town, close-knit feel. Residents also benefit from the close proximity to all of the activities, restaurants, and shopping available in downtown Boston.
The area is rich in history and notable events. The USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument are both important historical sites in Charlestown. These and other famous Freedom Trail landmarks are on most people’s must-see lists when visiting Boston. Take a stroll through the Navy Yard to see Old Ironsides, then head up the hill to see why Bunker Hill was critical in our fight for freedom. This American Revolutionary War landmark towers above the cityscape, providing a spectacular view of the water below.

What to Love

  • Small-town feel within the city’s limits
  • The Freedom Trail
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Quiet lifestyle with an upbeat culture
  • Home to important American historical landmarks

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Charlestown, which is known by a variety of nicknames such as Chuck Town, C-Town, and simply The Town, enjoy a variety of perks when it comes to living in this popular community. You’ll quickly discover why locals love living in what feels like a quaint New England town while enjoying everything Boston has to offer.
With bridges and highways connecting nearly every part of the Boston metropolitan area, transportation options abound. Only about half of local workers drive to work, with the rest taking buses or the MBTA Orange Line train. The average commute time for Charlestown residents is about 20 minutes.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Charlestown’s restaurant and bar scene is as diverse as its demographics. Sullivan’s Public House is an excellent place to sample the local fare. This popular establishment offers its own take on Irish classics. Enjoy a delicious meal at Figs by Todd English, a gourmet pizzeria that delights locals and visitors alike.
History buffs will have a great time dining at the Warren Tavern, a historic pub that dates back to the late 1700s. Grab some wood-fired pizza at the Monument Restaurant and Tavern, a cozy local favorite. For seafood dishes, stop by Pier 6, a waterfront restaurant that features a comfortable and scenic roof deck looking out over the water.
In the mood for some shopping? Charlestown has a number of charming shops along Main Street. Shops to check out include Mockingbird and Place & Gather.

Things to Do

Charlestown is home to a wide variety of incredible historical sites. You’ll have a blast walking along the Freedom Trail and reliving major moments in American history! The Bunker Hill Monument is designated a National Park Service site, open for visitation for anyone looking to learn more about the historic battle that occurred in 1775.
You can also wander the Monument Square Historic District, which includes a city park and a number of landmark buildings. The location is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Head down to the water to view the USS Constitution, a famous Navy ship also known as Old Ironsides. The ship now features an adjacent museum, educating visitors on this important piece of American history. There are plenty of interactive exhibits that are fun and educational for the whole family. Over at the Charlestown Navy Yard, you can explore the history of ships built at the Yard throughout the years.
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