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Philadelphia Old City Tours

Old City is a neighborhood in Central City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites important to the birth of the United States. Wander down its narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th-century colonial America.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, null
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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Experience the best of US history with a modern twist on this small-group tour of Philadelphia. See where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour, Philadelphia, Walking Tours
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 234 Reviews

Explore Philadelphia on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit 27 top Philadelphia attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

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What could possibly be better than combining USA’s most iconic historic sites with award-winning beer? Nothing! Tap into Philly's legendary history along with ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals, Philadelphia, Walking Tours
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Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals

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Experience the best of Philadelphia’s murals in a unique and exciting way. Enjoy the ride on a Segway as your expert local guide takes you along the ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo, Philadelphia, Segway Tours
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

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Explore the sights and sounds of Philadelphia on board a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit 27 of the city's top attractions, as a local guide ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $56.00
Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Gain insight into America’s colonial history on this small-group walking tour of Philadelphia, founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour, Philadelphia, Walking Tours
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of a nation's forefathers on this guided horse-drawn carriage tour through the cobblestone streets of historic old Philadelphia. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $120.00
Philadelphia Highlights Private Driving Tour, Philadelphia, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Philadelphia Highlights Private Driving Tour

Experience the sights of Philadelphia with a personal guide on this private, 2-hour sightseeing tour. Hop in a comfortable minivan (for up to six people) and ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.00

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