St. Botolph's Church, Boston

4.6
#2 of 16 in Things to do in Boston
St Botolph's Church is a parish church in the Church of England in Boston, Lincolnshire. It is notable for its extraordinarily tall tower, known as the "Boston Stump".BackgroundThe church is one of the largest parish churches in England and has one of tallest Medieval towers in England. The tower is approximately 272ft high. It can be seen for miles around, its prominence accentuated by the flat surrounding countryside known as The Fens. On a clear day, it can be seen from East Anglia on the other side of The Wash. The nickname, The Stump or Boston Stump, is often used affectionately as a reference to the whole church building or for the parish community housed by it. The formal name is Saint Botolph's Parochial Church of Boston.The name "Boston" is thought to have evolved from "Botolph's Town".Earlier buildingsEarly English legends have created the belief that the church was built on the site of a monastery founded by Botolph in 654, but with the main source of this being the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, this is heavily disputed. Modern historians believe it much more likely that Botolph's monastery was located at Iken in Suffolk.What is beyond doubt is that the Boston Stump is not the first church to have been built on the site. Archaeological records indicate that a smaller wooden and stone Norman church had existed on the location of the south aisle of the present building. Excavations during the mid 19th century revealed a Norman stone pillar and a number of coffins from the period. Stukeley, the eighteenth-century antiquary, mentions large stone remains to the south of the church.
Put St. Botolph's Church into our Boston tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Boston.
Source
Create an itinerary including St. Botolph's Church
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
270 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • August 19, 2017
    The Stump is clearly working hard to use the magnificent space for events which are more alluring to the general public. Brilliant to see, please keep it up...and advertised! In the modern day and age...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    St Botolph's is better known as Boston Stump as you can see its tower from miles away in the flat landscape. Inside its a really impressive and airy church with many interesting features. At present (...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We popped into The Stump and were amazed by the community involvement. Bookshop,cafe, play area, tours, wood carving and models.  more »
Google
  • Beautiful church and well worth the 209 steps up the stump £5 each fantastic view from the top. You need to be fit to go up the one long spiral small stair case, you can feel a bit dizzy!! But worth it.
  • Lovely children quire concert! 😀
  • Fantastic church with fabulous views. A must.
  • Last time at the top..1981 ! Wonderful! Only trouble got a flu sweating all the way up and rather cold and strong wind once on top. Bot worth it (!).
  • The largest parish church in the country, more like a cathedral really, with lots of information about the connection with the US Boston. Princess Anne sponsors it and its Passion for the Possible campaign, and visits from time to time.

Plan your trip to Boston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Boston

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Boston by other users

2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Lincolnshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Boston BY A USER FROM ICELAND November, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Boston & Ieper (Ypres) BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans