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South of Boston

World’s End

Hingham

251 acres

Photo: Peter Marotta

Trek along Frederick Law Olmsted-designed carriage paths toward rolling hills and rocky shorelines, and discover sweeping views of the Boston skyline.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

World’s End is open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Reserved Time/Day Passes are required in advance.

Click here for more information and to get passes.

World’s End comprises four coastal drumlins—spoon-shaped hills formed by glaciers—extending into Hingham Harbor. John Brewer built a mansion here in 1856 and, over the next 30 years, acquired most of the peninsula’s 400-plus acres as well as Sarah and Langley Islands. In 1890, Brewer asked famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to design a 163-home residential subdivision. The drives were cut, but the development never came to fruition, nor did later proposals for the United Nations Headquarters in the 1940s or a nuclear power plant in the 1960s.

In 1967, thanks to locals’ commitment and tremendous fundraising efforts, The Trustees and dedicated residents from Hingham as well as the surrounding communities were able to preserve this special place.

Throughout your journey, you’ll discover old features transposed to the modern era:  just like in its pre-agrarian days, tides nourish former salt marsh through specially built culverts and promote habitat health and diversity, while Olmsted’s designed landscape is preserved through mowing, pruning, cutting, and planting.

Ideas for Your Visit

Four and a half miles of tree-lined carriage paths and footpaths connect the drumlins, offering dramatic views of the Weir River, Hingham Harbor, and the Boston skyline. Depending on your inclination and the season, walk, jog, or cross-country-ski a rolling landscape encompassing saltwater marshes, meadows, woodlands, and granite ledges covered with red cedars and blueberry thickets.

 

 

Admission & Hours

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, 8AM to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

Admission Fees & Permits
Under normal operation:

Trustees members and children: FREE
Nonmember adults: $8 weekend/holiday and $6 weekday

Due to COVID-19, those driving to World’s End must purchase admission via a pre-purchased timed ticket. Members can reserve a ticket for free. The fee per car is $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. This ticket provides admission to the property.

Annual horseback riding permit required. Call for details.

Directions

Martin’s Lane
Hingham, MA 02043
Telephone: 781.740.7233
Gatehouse: 781.740.6665
Email: greaterboston@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 3, take Exit 14, Rt. 228 North for 6.5 mi. Turn left onto Rt. 3A and follow for 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Summer St. and, at major intersection with Rockland St., continue straight across onto Martin’s Lane. Follow for 0.7 mi. to entrance and parking (70 cars) at end. Roadside parking is not permitted.

What You'll Find

Trails
4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths. Moderate hiking.

Facilities

Public restrooms. Benches. Drinking water fountain.

Venue Rental

We do not offer exclusive or private event space at this reservation, as that would not be in the spirit of maintaining it as a publicly accessible reservation. While it is a beautiful location, The Trustees do not allow for weddings, private parties, or any other private gathering here.

If your group is interested in having a wedding or event at a Trustees property, please visit our Rent a Venue page.

Property Map

Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Mountain biking permitted only on dirt roads.
  • Unauthorized vehicles are not permitted on the reservation.
  • World’s End is very popular on weekend afternoons and parking is limited. Follow us on Twitter  for updates on weekend parking availability and other news about the property.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our full video and photo policy.

 

Before Setting Out
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World's End Timed Entry Pass

To provide safe access to our most popular properties, advance passes are required for all, including members, non-members, and permit holders.
World's End Pass
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History

John Brewer built a mansion along Martin’s Lane in 1856 and, over the next thirty years, acquired most of the peninsula as well as Sarah and Langley Islands. His farming estate was vast and varied. He produced hay and crops and raised thoroughbred horses, Jersey cattle, pigs, chickens, and sheep. To support these operations, Brewer built a complex of farm buildings that included a blacksmith shop, greenhouses, a smokehouse, and homes for farmhands and their families.

In 1889, Brewer asked landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to design a residential subdivision for World’s End. His plan included 163 house plots connected by tree-lined roads. The cart paths were cut and the trees planted, but the development never occurred.

At the time of its acquisition by The Trustees in 1967, World’s End was one of the most threatened landscapes on Massachusetts’ entire coast. The peninsula had survived a 1945 proposal to construct a new United Nations Headquarters and a 1965 proposal to build a nuclear power plant.

Property Acquisition History
Purchased in 1967.

The View From Here
See What People Say

This reservation is an absolute treasure. Regardless of the season, people can hike, bike, photograph, paint. It is a beautiful park. Beautifully maintained.

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