The Church of the Advent is located at the corner of Mount Vernon and Brimmer Streets on the “flat” of Beacon Hill. See the map below.
Mount Vernon Street runs from the State House at the top of Beacon Hill down to Storrow Drive, crossing Charles Street about halfway between Charles Circle and the Public Garden or Boston Common. The landmarks on either side of this intersection are a coffee shop and the historic Charles Street Meeting House. Brimmer Street runs one-way from Pinckney Street, one block north of Mount Vernon, to Beacon Street, meeting the latter next to the Hampshire House or Bull and Finch Pub (otherwise known as “Cheers”).
Parking: While parking is available nearby, much of the parking in the area is resident-only (sporadically enforced on Sundays). Limited visitor parking is available on on the residential streets around the church. On-street parking may be found on Charles, Beacon, Arlington, or Boylston Streets (bounding the Public Garden and Boston Common), or on Cambridge, Staniford, or New Chardon Streets near Government Center, approximately a 10- to 15-minute walk from the church. Parking at metered spaces is free on Sundays and after 8:00 p.m. on weeknights. Paid parking is available in the Boston Common Garage (accessible from Charles Street between the Common and the Public Garden), or in the Charles Street Garage on Charles Street near Charles Circle.
The closest public transportation stop is the Red Line Charles/MGH stop at Charles Circle. If traveling the Green Line, the nearest stop is Arlington Street Station.
MBTA Red Line:
Take the train to Charles Street/MGH station. Walk up Charles Street toward Boston Common. Turn right onto Mt Vernon Street and walk past the Charles Street Meeting House and the former Beacon Hill Firehouse. The church is at the end of the block. (A less-than-5-minute walk.)
MBTA Green Line:
Take the train to Arlington Street station. Use the Arlington Street exit. Walk down Arlington Street toward Beacon Street, passing the Taj Hotel on the left and the Public Garden on the right. Arlington Street ends at Beacon Street. Turn right and cross Beacon Street at the Hampshire House (“Cheers”), which is on the corner of Beacon and Brimmer Streets. Walk down Brimmer Street to the church. (Approximately a 5-10 minute walk.) A more scenic route is to cut through the Public Garden, which has gates along Beacon Street opposite the Hampshire House and at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets.
MBTA Commuter Rail:
From North Station, take the Green Line to Arlington Street and follow directions above.
From Back Bay Station, walk down Dartmouth or Clarendon Streets to Boylston Street. Either board the Green Line at Copley Station and go one stop inbound to Arlington Street, or turn right and walk up Boylston Street 3 blocks to Arlington Street. Once at Arlington Street, follow walking directions under “Green Line” above. (Approximately a 10-15 minute walk.)
From South Station, transfer to the Red Line, take the train to Charles Street (3 stops), and follow directions above.