Philadelphia City Hall Tours

Philadelphia City Hall, in the middle of Center City at the intersection of Broad and Market streets, is visible from all over town. For nearly 100 years, it remained the tallest structure in the city. Though it no longer bears the accolade, City Hall remains one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings.
 
The Basics
Officially the largest municipal building in the US, City Hall is a highlight on a number of Philadelphia walking, minivan, and bus tours. City Hall is also a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing double-decker bus.
 
Casual passersby can admire the building, especially its Second Empire edifice bearing impressive sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder, creator of the William Penn statue on its spire. Dilworth Park, located at the building’s base and added during a 2014 renovation, is a pleasant place to pause and catch your breath. Tours of the building’s interior are also available; tickets are based on 15-minute timed intervals and can be purchased online or at the venue. It’s also possible to book a guided tower tour and ascend to the observation deck located just below the William Penn statue.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • City Hall’s viewing platform, the highest open-air observation deck in Philadelphia, offers panoramic views of the city at 548 feet (167 meters).
  • Follow in the footsteps of your favorite actors: Philadelphia City Hall served as a filming location in classic movies ranging from Rocky to Philadelphia.
  • While you can book tickets on the day, it’s wise to purchase them online and secure your admission slot in advance.
  • One of the best perspectives of City Hall comes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—it's visible directly down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
 
How to Get There
Philadelphia City Hall stands at what was once Center Square, a landmark still very accessible on foot. There are also a number of public transportation options for visiting City Hall, including SEPTA Regional Rail (use either Suburban and Jefferson stations), SEPTA Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, SEPTA trolleys, SEPTA buses, and NJ Transit buses.
 
When to Get There
Philadelphia City Hall is open Monday–Friday and on select Saturdays year-round; it’s closed during public holidays. December is an exciting time to visit: That’s when Dilworth Park hosts the lively Rothman Ice Rink and companion Christmas market.
 
What's Inside Philadelphia City Hall?
While the tower tour is often considered the highlight of a City Hall visit, don't discount the interior splendors of this architectural treasure. The enormous building contains more than 600 rooms, including the opulent City Council Chamber, the wood-paneled Supreme Court Room, and the chandelier-lit Conversation Hall.
Location
Address: Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the United States Mint — on a 90-minute loop in an open-top, double-decker bus. Select a single or multi-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live onboard narration. Learn about the history and heritage of one of America's oldest cities.
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

With 27 stops on this City Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, you won’t run out of things to see or do. Once you board the open-top, double-decker bus, you can stay on for the entire 1.75-hour route narrated by a guide, or disembark at any of the hop-on hop-off stops for sightseeing along the way. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and see attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo and Betsy Ross House. Customize your own itinerary and set your own pace in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’!
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1, 2 or 3-day pass. Board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live commentary. A route map and courtesy shuttle from Center City hotels are included.
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The Philadelphia Pass

See some of Philadelphia's top attractions at a savings with The Philadelphia Pass. Select your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 activities from a list of thirty options and get direct entrance after you download your pass on your mobile device. Use your pass for touring options such as the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour, or for entrance tickets to venues such as the African American Museum, Betsy Ross House, or Philadelphia Zoo. You have 30 consecutive days to complete the use of your pass.
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Philadelphia Pub Crawl

Take happy hour to a whole new level on this Philadelphia pub crawl. Get a taste of Philadelphia’s brew culture on this entertaining and educational, 2-hour, beer tasting walking tour. Visit three Philly pubs that suit the group’s preferences and enjoy a full-sized beer at each. Learn about the history of each establishment — and the local bar scene — from a knowledgeable guide. One snack is included. Additional food and drinks can be purchased for a charge.
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Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Pass

Explore Philadelphia at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that stops at 27 of the city’s top attractions. Enjoy views from an open-top, double decker bus as your experienced guide shares insider stories about Philadelphia history and culture. Choose the sites that interest you most, and stay for as much time as you want. Trace America’s history at Betsey Ross’ house to Ben Franklin’s Grave, or discover world-class shopping and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; take the chance to make the trip your own. 1-, 2-, and 3-day passes available.
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One Liberty Observation Deck Philadelphia General Admission

View the entire city of Philadelphia from the One Liberty Observation Deck with this general admission ticket. Stand 833 feet (253 meters) above the City of Brotherly Love's streetscape to enjoy panoramic, 360-degree views. From this impressive building in the heart of Center City, capture aerial photos of nearby landmarks like Love Park, City Hall, Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Learn about the city's history through the on-deck digital displays.
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Philadelphia Small-Group Holiday Tour

Take a 3-hour holiday walking tour of Center City, the heart of Philadelphia and home to its central business district—both beautiful and bustling as the second-most populated downtown area in the US. During the holiday season, it comes to life like at no other time. Visit festive staples such as the Christmas tree at Rittenhouse Square; the Wanamaker Organ, with its seasonal show of lights and sound; and the Christmas Village at Love Park. A variety of foods are available for purchase along the way. Tour is limited to 12 participants.
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Half Day Private Philadelphia Driving Tour

Enjoy a personal and private introduction to the City of Brotherly Love on this half-day sightseeing tour around Philadelphia. Choose from a 4- or 6-hour tour around the City of Brotherly Love, then climb aboard a comfortable minivan and explore the highlights of the city. Visit all the must-see spots, like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Exhibit, the South 9th Street Italian Market, Philadelphia City Hall, Love Park, the Rocky steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour

Get a new perspective on the City of Brotherly Love with this ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Climb on board a double-decker bus and explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer. Visit 27 of Philly’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Penn’s Landing and the Rocky Steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art — on a 90-minute loop around this historic city. The tour departs from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 8pm.
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

Drink your way through Philadelphia history on a 4.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl through the heart of Old City, City Hall, and Center City Philly. See some of Philly’s key landmarks, from Ben Franklin’s house to the U.S. Mint, ride the Philadelphia subway, then hit some local bars for happy hour. This 4.5-hour history and beer tour includes four beers, a snack, and entrance fees at sites along the way, and it’s limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary. After dinner (own expense), enjoy the city as it’s illuminated for the evening on a ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Pickup and drop-off from select hotels included.
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Philadelphia Highlights Private Driving Tour

Enjoy a personal and private introduction to the City of Brotherly Love on this 2-hour sightseeing tour around Philadelphia. Climb aboard a comfortable minivan and explore the highlights of the city. See Philadelphia’s Historic District — from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine Street to Lombard Street — plus landmark locations like the waterfront region of Penn's Landing along the Delaware River, the South 9th Street Italian Market, Philadelphia City Hall, Love Park, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Rocky steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass

Save money on some of Philadelphia's best-known attractions with The Philadelphia Pass. Choose 1, 2, 3, or 5 days of attractions and tours.  Enjoy direct entry to attractions. Simply save your pass (delivered as your 'ticket) on your mobile device and go – no voucher redemption required!
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