By car from Boston
Take Rt. 128 North and remain on this until you pass Exit 12, cross over A. Piatt Andrew Bridge, and arrive at the Rotary. You’re now on the island part of Gloucester. Take the first right off the rotary. Friendly’s Restaurant will be on your right and you will be on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street approximately 8/10 mi. until the Legion Memorial Building is directly in front of you. Bear right there (See the Joan of Arc on horseback statue), then take a quick left onto Angle Street. At the stop sign you’ll want to go straight across the intersection downhill toward the harbor and then bear left onto Rt. 127, (Rogers Street). Go another 2/10 mi. and look to your right for the Gloucester House Restaurant sign.
Parking in Gloucester is a bit tricky. You may use the municipal lot in front of the restaurant. This is metered from 10am- 6pm M-Sa. Parking is free on Sunday. You may also use our lot, if there is space available, or the grass lot next door to us (I4C2) until otherwise notified as per decision of the City of Gloucester.
For a more scenic route…
Rather than staying on Route 128 until you arrive at a stop in Gloucester, take Exit 14 off Rt. 128. Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow Rt. 133 a few miles until you see the water (Gloucester harbor). You can park here along the Boulevard and walk the 1/2-mile to the wharf, keeping the ocean on your right. You will pass the Fisherman’s Wives Monument, the Fisherman at the Wheel statue, and may even stop by the WWII Vets Memorial. As you follow 127, you’ll pass the Tavern on your right and will also pass a gas station and the Cape Ann Brewery. We’ll be on your right.
If you’re driving a bus or if you need to avoid an event
Take Rt. 128 North. Go half-way around the first rotary and continue up Rt. 128 to the second rotary. Take the second exit off that rotary (still on Rt. 128 North). As you go down that hill, get into the right hand lane. At the light, turn right onto Eastern Ave. At the next intersection, bear right (staying on Rt. 127). Follow this road along the waterfront and up the hill. Bear left onto Rogers St. at the top of the hill (Flanagan’s gas station is at the fork in the road). Follow Rogers St. down the hill, past Gorton’s, past Dunkin Donuts and Walgreen’s on your right. You’ll see the Building Center on your left, then a vacant lot, then the municipal parking lot in front of the Gloucester House, (the grey building set back on your left). This lot has an easy in/out access for buses.
If you’re coming from the North
If you are coming from Maine or NH or other points north, take Rt. 95 S to exit 54 (Georgetown, Rowley, Rt. 133). Go left at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 133E. Follow Rt. 133 through Rowley and into Ipswich. Rt. 133 hooks up with Rt. 1A for a while as you go through Ipswich. Take a left onto Rt. 133 toward Essex at Cable Gardens. Stay on Rt. 133 through Essex and into West Gloucester. When you intersect with Rt. 128, you have the choice of the direct or scenic route (see above). Get on Rt. 128 North if you want the direct route. Stay on Rt. 133 if you have time to kill.
If you’re coming from Rockport
Get back onto Rt. 127 and head south to Gloucester. When you come to the intersection with Rt. 128, go straight through the light (Eastern Ave.). At the next intersection, bear right (staying on Rt. 127). Follow this road along the waterfront and up the hill. Bear left onto Rogers St. at the top of the hill (Flanagan’s gas station is at the fork in the road). Follow Rogers St. down the hill past Gorton’s, past Dunkin Donuts and Walgreen’s on your right. You’ll see the Building Center on your left, then a vacant lot, then the municipal parking lot in front of the Gloucester House.
Train and Foot Route
Finally, if you take the train from Boston, get off at the Gloucester station. As you exit the train, turn left and walk along Railroad Ave. At the three-road intersection, bear left onto Prospect St. Take the second street on the right (Dale Ave.). You’ll see City Hall on your left and the Sawyer Free Library on your right. At the intersection with Middle St., take a right, then a quick left. The YMCA will now be on your right. We are at the bottom of the hill, past two short blocks, right in front of you.