Fitchburg is a small city in central Massachusetts and is home to Fitchburg State University. Fitchburg's main attraction is the Fitchburg Art Museum, while in the Harry Potter universe, the city plays host to the Fitchburg Finches Quidditch Team.

Get in

By Car

Fitchburg is accessible by car from the east or west via MA 2. I-190 will bring travelers to the city from the south.

By Train

There is an MBTA Commuter rail station in downtown Fitchburg. Trains are infrequent on weekends.

Get around

On Foot

Fitchburg covers a fairly large area, but most attractions are in and around downtown so walking is a good option.

By Car

Should be easy enough, the traffic generally isn't too bad. Be aware that this is a New England city that grew up before the automobile so there is no street grid and the streets can be narrow.


Fitchburg's past as an important industrial center has bequethed it with an art museum of a size and quality that most people wouldn't expect to see in a small post-industrial mill town. Possibly because of this and lots of cheap real estate, there are a few art galleries in the city as well.



Fitchburg doesn't have a lot of shopping options of interest to travelers. Some of the art galleries mentioned in the "See" section have works for sale and there is a gift shop at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Whitney Field Mall is in neighboring Leominster, but it is just a typical American mall.


To be perfectly honest, Fitchburg hasn't experienced the dining renaissance that some other mid-sized Massachusetts cities have.


Fitchburg isn't a major nightlife destination, in part due to proximity to Boston and Worcester. The neighboring town of Westminster is home to Wachusett Brewing Co., the largest in Central Massachusetts.


Fitchburg doesn't have many lodging options, but there are a few hotels just across the city line in Leominster.

Go next

Check out neighboring Leominster, head west towards the Pioneer Valley, south to Worcester or east into Greater Boston.

Routes through Fitchburg

Greenfield Westminster  W  E  Leominster Concord
Keene Westminster  N  S  Leominster Worcester
END  NW  SE  Leominster Boston

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