Around the Common

Preservation Worcester’s Around the Common Walking Tour is a self-guided tour of the buildings and monuments on and around Worcester Common.  This tour tells the story of the city’s history from its establishment as a town in 1722 to the present.  Learn about the story of Worcester and its people, its past and present, and how over time government, religion, commerce and community have shaped the heart of the city.

Pick up our Around the Common Walking Tour brochure at Preservation Worcester’s headquarters at 10 Cedar Street during business hours. Or you can download a copy from below and print it from your computer.

To take a self-guided walking tour on-site, you have two options:

  • Take a “device-free” tour using the downloadable print version as your guide.
  • Use your smartphone to access an audio version of the tour.

Click here to download a printable version of the audio portion of the Tour (PDF file).
Click here to download a printable version of the Tour Map (JPG file).

For smartphone access to the audio portion of the tour:  Begin by downloading from the internet a free QR Code Reader App that is compatible with your phone.  To activate the audio tour, use your phone to scan the tags displayed on tour markers along the route of the tour, on the downloadable Tour Map, or on the Around the Common:  A Downtown Walking Tour brochure.

Click here to access a jpg file of the inside of the Around the Common Tour Brochure. (The file size is 2.9 MB.)
Click here to access a jpg file of the outside of the Around the Common Tour Brochure. (The file is 6.2 MB.)

To take a virtual (off-site) audio tour from a computer, please follow the directions below.

Click here to begin the tour at the first site, Worcester Common. Here you will see buttons for the Worcester Common and Cattle Shows on the Common. Click on these buttons to listen to the audio tour for this location. When you have finished listening to one or both tour segments, scroll to the map at the bottom of the page where you can select the next tour segment.

The tour map can be found at the bottom of each tour page. To take the tour in the suggested order, begin at Worcester Common and follow the sites numerically. Alternatively, you may choose the sites in whatever order you please by clicking on the appropriate QR Tag.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.