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Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

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2,071 Reviews
Free admission

The Basics

The neighborhood is a must-see for travelers who want to walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers. Highlights include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Carpenters' Hall. Elfreth's Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country, lined with centuries-old homes.

Bus tours, many via open-top, double-decker buses, skirt the boundaries of Old City, but some of the landmarks are on narrow streets or in courtyards best accessible on a walking tour. Tour guides fill visitors in on the life and times of Philly's most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin, while stopping at city landmarks. Horse-drawn carriage tours are another popular option, allowing visitors to travel like their historic compatriots.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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I would plan to stay there again.
Gail_C, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The apartment was very modern, nice & clean. I liked the location & there was a parking lot & on street parking. We look an Uber all over the city.
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No Hop Off Hop On, still a good tour
Ruth_M, Apr 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Due to Covid there was no Hop Off Hop On, which is understandable, however Viator should have disclosed that important fact. The tour was still enjoyable. Drove by all important sites. Had a chance to decide what we wanted to see and go on a more detailed tour.
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History on the bus
Susan_W, Apr 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our guide was excellent!! However due to Covid, you cannot get off and back on the bus. You get on and travel around. It is excellent information though and our guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
Kids loved it, made seeing the main sites super easy.
Thomas_F, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Very knowledgeable tour guides. Nice route through the city. Buses ran on time all day. It made it easy to plan how long to spend at each place.
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Excellent
Jackie, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our tour guide, Bill, we very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! It was a very informative. We had a beautiful day.
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Awesome!
Timothy_W, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Tour guide Mike was outstanding! Shared so many interesting facts in an entertaining way! Loved it!!
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Highly recommend
Chuck_W, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Mike our guide was awesome! Loved his knowledge of the city! The driver was amazing and did a wonderful job allowing us to take pictures and keeping us safe! Would highly recommend experience to see all the sights!
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Nice
Robyn_W, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The bus tour was good the only complaint is it was hard to figure out where to go to exchange the electronic tickets for the actual tickets. But once we did it was great. We spent a lot of time walking around trying to find where to exchange our e ticket
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Good time
Debbie_E, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our tour guide Mike was great and very informative. We were on the top of the bus and had a great view of the sights.
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Such a beneficial service
Laura_M, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great, accomodating individuals. Dave , the driver, knew the City and was able to provide very accurate information on the easiest ways to get to sights after drop off. Will recommend this convenient service to others.
star-4
Good first day!
Ronya_G, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The different tour guides were very informative and gave you great historical background on different sites. They were also very helpful and friendly.
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Great!! we really enjoyed
Alma_I, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Just getting to see all the sights I had seen and heard so much about in Philadelphia for so long. The drivers and guides were wonderful and very helpful and informative. would definitely recommend to others visiting your city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old City is a don’t-miss for colonial history buffs and first-time Philly visitors.

  • Visitors can skip the (often long) line for the Liberty Bell and view the famous national symbol through the Independence Visitor Center side window.

  • The historic cobblestone streets can make the area difficult to access for strollers and wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Old City occupies the blocks between Front and Sixth streets, bounded by Florist Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. It is easily accessible via SEPTA (bus and rail), but street parking in the area is notoriously difficult.

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When to Get There

By day, the area is thick with travelers on sightseeing tours, so visit early to avoid the crowds. Expect long lines at the top attractions (especially the Liberty Bell). Nighttime ghost tours are available for those in search of a creepy thrill, and neighborhood nightlife features top-notch restaurants, bars, and clubs.

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Arts and Fashion

Today’s Old City is also a hub for Philadelphia's fashion, arts, and design scene. The neighborhood has more than 30 art galleries and home furnishing outlets, and boutiques showcase collections by local fashion designers.

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