The Old North Bridge

The North Bridge is a recent restoration of the last bridge built on the site in 1956. The bridge that was there during the battle of 1775 was taken down in 1788. There have been 5 restorations since then.

Have you visited the Grave of the British Soldiers? There are two soldiers buried in this grave. British military records show that there were three soldiers missing and presumed dead after the North Bridge fight: James Hall, Thomas Smith, and Patrick Gray. One is buried in Concord Center and the other two are buried here.

There is a great ranger program here and you can schedule guided tours. Three popular programs are “The Road to Revolution”,  “Some Were for Making a Stand”, and “The Minute Men: Neighbors in Arms”. Be sure to stop in the North Bridge Visitor Center.

Contact Information

174 Liberty St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-369-6993


RoadTrip NewEngland   April 27, 2024
So a recreated North Bridge where the Battle for the US first started. By the bridge is a monument by Chester French that was dedicated by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the field closest to the parking area is the Trustees “Old Manse” house which was owned by the Emerson family and also housed Nathaniel Hawthorne for a short time. From the bridge climb to long hill up to the visitor center to learn more. You’re close to Concord Center here with shops & restaurants, and close to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with Author’s Ridge. The Alcott’s, Emerson House, and Concord museum not much further- and Walden Pond is on the other side of Route 2
andrea puzio   April 25, 2024
If you do come here I really recommend getting a local Lexington step on guide like I did. This way they can point out and show you how the battle happened and the history behind it and they do dress as if they are in the time period. The concord River will not disappoint you its absolutely beautiful I just wish that every school group would visit here.
Harrison Stewart   April 8, 2024
Visited today during the eclipse. Scenery was great, very little crowd but an awesome peice of historical land.
Nick S   February 6, 2024
Very nice bridge to walk to, a short walk from multiple nearby parking lots. Easy to get to thanks to well maintained large trail walkways. Careful in winter and check the NPS website or look for signs stating if the trails are open.
Amy Place   January 24, 2024
Amazing place full of rich history. Great for families to roam around and learn something new or history buffs to relax.
Neil Vigliotta   January 14, 2024
At this location, Britain groaned as America was born! It is where we started! The history and beauty of the location are breath taking. If you don't feel the history, you're not paying attention.
Ed   November 6, 2023
It was very neat to stand where the first shots were fired starting the revolutionary war.
David K   October 13, 2023
A beautiful and reverent place. We took the trolly tour to get the history from a knowledgeable guide, but whether do a tour with a guide or on your own, it is well worth the time.
Courtney Pulitzer Joubeaud   October 11, 2023
Well if you want to see where it all happened this is the place. Nice park, nice visit. Incredible to consider the events and bravery that took place here
Mark Smith   October 10, 2023
The Rangers and volunteers are so knowledgeable and friendly. It turns out the Minute Man statue was sculpted by a distant relative of a friend of ours! The signage really helps describe what was going on during those days and how the local residents felt and took action.
JEAN-LOUIS Eck   August 14, 2023
The Old North Bridge in Concord is an absolute gem that beautifully encapsulates both the rich history and the serene beauty of the area. Stepping onto this iconic bridge feels like stepping back in time, into a moment that forever changed the course of history. The bridge itself is a charming architectural wonder, standing as a testament to the past. As I walked across it, I couldn't help but imagine the courageous Minutemen who once stood before the imposing redcoats, ready to defend their homeland. The courage and determination of those who fought here on April 19th, 1775, reverberate through the very air, reminding us of the sacrifices made for the sake of freedom and independence. The peaceful river flowing beneath the bridge seems to hold the echoes of that historic day, flowing gently as a symbol of the tranquility that came after the storm of battle. The juxtaposition of the serene waters and the memory of past strife is a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit of the American people. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, the Old North Bridge area is a blend of natural beauty and historical significance. The gardens themselves are a sight to behold, with vibrant colors and fragrant blooms that invite contemplation and reflection. To stroll through these gardens while contemplating the events that unfolded here is a truly immersive experience. What strikes me most is the sense of beauty and freedom that pervades the area. Standing in this place, knowing the bravery and sacrifice that unfolded here, is a humbling experience. It's a reminder of the power of unity and the determination to stand up for what's right, even in the face of adversity. The Old North Bridge in Concord isn't just a landmark; it's a living testament to the ideals that have shaped our nation. The sense of history, the tranquility of the river, and the stunning gardens all come together to create an unforgettable atmosphere that leaves a profound impact on anyone who visits. If you're seeking a place that combines history, beauty, and a deep sense of patriotism, the Old North Bridge is an absolute must-visit. With gratitude for the past and hope for the future, Jean-Louis Eck
Ruben Stemple   July 8, 2023
Standard NP visitors center with a nice informative movie. Walk around the paths outside.
Bob Porter   June 18, 2023
Great venue, patriotic, educational and beautiful. A slice of historic history that you can view.
Laura Reagan   May 19, 2023
Great place to visit. Take your time to walk around.
Claidi S   May 2, 2023
Great visitor center with a nice selection of books in their gift shop. Really enjoyed walking around the property and learning about the Revolutionary War history. Highly recommend!
Gohar K.   April 10, 2023
A must stop while in Concord, MA so much history here if you are interested in American history. We enjoyed learning about the history of this place. I...
Juliet K.   September 21, 2022
If you're interested in Revolutionary War history then this bridge is a must. There are poems and plaques all along the path to and from the bridge to...
Louis Ebarb   September 5, 2022
A very well maintained historic site of a very significant event in American history.
Kayelyn Slager   August 26, 2022
Nice spot for a little walk! It gets hot when the sun is out though since there isn’t much shade. Very peaceful place and the river is so soothing
Vincent L.   August 15, 2022
Forever associated with America's origin story, the Old North Bridge is where the latter of the battles of Lexington and Concord took place, igniting the...
John K   August 11, 2022
This place is beautiful. The outside has tons of trails, its peaceful, the people who work there are wonderful as well as informative, and the artifacts are incredible. Btw Coin collectors like myself this is one of the state token stops
John “JB” Belt   July 29, 2022
We had an amazing tour of the battlefield, about 40 min., from one of the Park Rangers. Worth doing this, really made things come alive. Numerous signs and workers along the path to give information also. Small gift shop and restroom facilities onsite. Good stop for those interested in American History.
Nick Pribus   July 2, 2022
Easy free parking on both sides of the bridge, not a long walk either way and with placards giving simple explanations of what happened in this first battle of the Revolution. Alternatively you can easily park in town and take a slightly longer and scenic walk to get there which in hindsight would have been better, we just didn't know. Great slice of US history that doesn't take long to absorb.
Rick B.   June 17, 2022
The North Bridge, often called the Old North Bridge, is a historic site in Concord, Massachusetts, spanning the Concord River. On April 19, 1775, the first...
Thais Williams   June 16, 2022
Really great visitor center. Lots of cool items to buy and a great on demand short 8 minute video on the history of what happened here. If you want a more immersive video go to the other visitor center. Both are great!
Tory Williams   June 16, 2022
Really great visitor center. Lots of cool items to buy and a great on demand short 8 minute video on the history of what happened here. If you want a more immersive video go to the other visitor center. Both are great!
Thais “Tory” Williams   June 16, 2022
Really great visitor center. Lots of cool items to buy and a great on demand short 8 minute video on the history of what happened here. If you want a more immersive video go to the other visitor center. Both are great!
Patrick Mead   June 8, 2022
David was a wonderful host. Very nicely organized. I'm interested in history and loved this place, others may not feel the same.
Rich Berryman   May 21, 2022
It is a walk thru time! Many monuments! Shows you what the revolutionaries achieved against a mightyer power. Stops along the way with lectures. As a 20 year soldier it was impressive.
Aly K.   May 15, 2022
I came at nighttime and laid across the bridge and listened to all the night bugs making their music. The moon was bright and the sky was clear. It was such...
Amy Y.   January 15, 2022
This is the location of the "shot heard round the world," and the beginning of the American War for Independence. However, you don't have to be a history...
Vic C.   November 29, 2021
The North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts is the place where the "shot heard around the world" took place, where the beginning of the battle of Concord....
Wisco Simple   November 11, 2021
The 1st shots of the Revolutionary War such a cool piece of history
Doug Coppage   November 3, 2021
This is a great visit for the whole family. The park is compact; the whole battle can be understood from walking a few hundred yards. But the Visitor Center also allows you to see the greater picture. The staff are friendly. The exhibits are well kept and explained. I had a good time here.
Anthony Trinciante   November 3, 2021
Visiting here and Concord itself made me more appreciative of how our forefathers and foremothers wanted something other than to be under British rule. There are many other places of interest in the area…experience them all.
Gene Baker   October 28, 2021
The grounds here are absolutely beautiful. I was enamoured with the huge old trees that are everywhere you look.
Matthew Lopez   September 24, 2021
Very helpful staff & informative tour w/ the ranger highly recommend
Null   July 13, 2021
10/10 Post nuclear war settlement. Totally recommend moving in here from diamond city. Although management rates can fluctuate depending on where the sole survivor is, still a wonderful place! Just watch out for that Preston guy... he's pretty annoying.
Cheryl Marland   July 2, 2021
We took our grandkids to see some of our local history. Nice walk and very educational.
Craig D Russell   June 27, 2021
Good interpretation. Nice panoramic view of the North Bridge.
Bruce K.   June 14, 2021
An appropriate review for Flag Day and the birthday of the United States Army, this is one of the spots that the history buff absolutely can't miss. This is...
Ian Goodsell   June 13, 2021
A scenic and pastoral national park. Highly recommended.
Jøsh Beausøleil   June 12, 2021
Convenient place to park visiting Minute Man Park
claire w   May 4, 2021
BE AWARE OF TICKS!!! We love coming here for walk for many reasons, it’s peaceful and gorgeous all year round. The spring flowers in the garden are popping. However, we ran into some serious ticks issue during our visit this past Sunday. We brought food to the picnic table under tree in the shady area near the visitor center and that was the biggest mistake. There were still leaves on the ground and we later noticed there are ticks crawling on our friend’s lab. We wrap up the meal as quickly as we can but still found multiple hungry greedy ticks on my friend’s lab. We did a quick check on our long curly hair poodle mix pup and found ONE tick. BUT when we got home we found a total of TEN TICKS during brush, bath, and groom. She was shaved down so we can SEE the ticks. I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY WERE HIDING!!! Found (hopefully) the last one more than 24 hours later as we were just chilling on the couch! It was a nightmare and I am still recovering from this. My friend found ticks crawling in the grass area near the trail as well. I get it, it’s ticks season and it’s near the water. But this is madness, hope the park will notice this and take some action. I will re-think if I should bring my dog there next time.
Christian L.   April 30, 2021
old wood bridge high over the nearly dry river currents at Concord. This is where Colonials took their first pot-shots at the Mighty British...
Alan Fullerton   April 12, 2021
Great people with a place that oozes history. you must visit.
Mari T.   March 27, 2021
If you are interested in American history and want to spend some nice quiet walk, this is a good place. You can picnic here or walk around. If you walk...
M P   December 25, 2020
Scenic walk, we enjoy walking through the park and into the downtown area.
Rose Maramgio   December 6, 2020
Sadly the visitors center has been closed this year due to the Corvid. Which is sad because there is a lot of interesting history inside aa well as a fun gift shop. The park rangers have set up a tent just outside. During the warmer months you are able to pick to several brochures and chat with the rangers who are polite and helpful.
Gmb Nchaz   November 22, 2020
It was closed when we went but we had a great experience anyway with a downloadable map
Stephen Z.   October 28, 2020
AN ABSOLUTELY MUST DO! A FREE NATIONAL PARK & FREE PARKING. This is where the American Revolution began. I love to go places where there are a number of...
Jenna McCloud   October 23, 2020
You truly feel the weight of what happened here as you walk along the path. The statue made by a 23 year old is super impressive. The trees are also very pretty in the fall. This little walking path will have history as well as outdoor beauty for anyone who visits.
Rose Ducharme   October 21, 2020
The Old North Bridge is always a nice , peaceful, scenic and educational stroll. High on the list of beauty, and peaceful.
daniel puffer   October 20, 2020
Great day to enjoy the scenery and walk the grounds, unfortunately the house was closed but the park rangers were friendly helpful and knowledgeable.
draco4444   October 8, 2020
Very helpful and informative Rangers. A very nicely kept site.
Georges Achi   September 23, 2020
I love
Tyler Robertson   September 7, 2020
Nice scenic walk amongst well kept grounds. It was a good way to enjoy some historical perspective. Plenty of open space for picnics.
James Hughes   August 16, 2020
Love the scenery and history here.
Arianna Benassi   June 15, 2020
Go, visit the park! Breath the American History and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Madeline Anderson-Balmer   June 7, 2020
Beautiful place to walk early morning. Social distancing is respected. Peaceful. Snappers are nesting so keep your eyes open and avoid these ladies as they wander the property.
Dewey Johnson   May 31, 2020
Always a nice walk and history lesson. We saw a big beaver swimming in the Concord River too!
Amelia Ott   April 11, 2020
Such as nice scenic view. Plenty of path width so people can walk comfortably during the pandemic.
Gretchen B.   April 5, 2020
I'd love to go back when spring really pops to see the amazing flowers/plants that adorn the area. This is a must-visit site to reflect on the Battle of...
Marina S.   September 6, 2019
Great summary of the events by a parking ranger Very interesting and made it very real description of the times and the succession of facts that lead to...
Johnathan Farrington   August 15, 2019
A very typical visitor center, the typical small gift shop, small room with some historical items, and a room that runs a video talking about the history of the location. Only thing that really stood out to me were the gorgeous gardens behind the visitor center. They are perfectly maintained and have all kinds of trees, flowers, and shrubs. For sure worth checking out. This is a great visitor center for all ages! I think adults would for sure enjoy the gift shop and garden while kids can enjoy the history video and look at the amazing history section as well.
Anthony G.   August 10, 2019
The North Bridge is the site of the Battle of Concord, an important moment in the history of the US. This bridge, although a replica of the original bridge...
Kathleen Koechling   July 12, 2019
Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and guides made for a pleasant visit. Short movie gave historical context and the grounds were beautiful.