Liberty Bell Center Tours

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The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule. 

The Basics
Visit the Liberty Bell Center to see the bell up close and read its famous inscription, which has been an inspiration to US leaders such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Many Philadelphia city tours include a visit to the center, including walking excursions, Segway tours, small-group driving tours, and hop-on hop-off bus tours. Most excursions also include stops at nearby landmarks such as the National Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There’s almost always a line to enter the Liberty Bell Center, but you can also view the bell through a window on the western side of the building.
  • Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis at the Independence Visitor Center, and most buildings in the Independence National Historic Park are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • You must pass through security to visit the Liberty Bell Center; bring only small bags to minimize screening time. 

How to Get There
The Liberty Bell Center is part of the Independence National Historical Park, located in Philadelphia’s Old City historic district. The nearest train station is located at 8th and Market streets, and the nearest Metro station is 5th Street Station. Street parking is scarce, but there are paid lots nearby. The PHLASH bus operates seasonally (spring and summer) with stops at 20 locations, including the Independence Visitor Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo. 

When to Get There
You can visit the Liberty Bell Center year-round, although the site is typically packed with visitors during summer and school vacation weeks. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid lines and crowds. 

The Liberty Bell’s Famous Crack
Originally cracked during a test ring in 1752, the bell was fixed, cracked again after almost 100 years of regular use, then fixed again in 1846, prior to the anniversary of George Washington's birthday. The bell seen today is proof that “stop drilling,” the technique used to repair that last crack, worked. 
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Address: 526 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
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Historic Tour of Philadelphia in English or German

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, private, 90-minute walking tour. See some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus historic Christ Church, the New Hall Military Museum, the Merchants' Exchange Building, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included along with option of adding on a 90 minute driving tour for additional cost.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Experience the history of the United States on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour around Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom in America. See Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence (this tour does not enter Independence Hall). Snap a selfie with the iconic Liberty Bell. Learn about Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, and see where George Washington, the first President of the United States, lived. Then check out the galleries and eateries in Old City Philadelphia, America's most historic square mile, followed by a cold beverage at a local establishment.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York to Philadelphia Day Trip by Rail

Explore Philadelphia’s historic sites and highlights on a full-day sightseeing trip by rail from New York City. Start your day on the train, then visit the City of Brotherly Love at your own pace with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Watch America’s earliest history come to life while visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall then pause for a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock Café. Spend the afternoon discovering museums that highlight Jewish-American and Constitutional history, automobiles and fine art before returning to NYC.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Discover the birthplace of America on this 90-minute guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, where the tour begins (and ends), plus Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Betsy Ross House and Declaration House, and many more. This seasonal tour operates rain or shine, but only during the warmer months of April to November.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining 1- or 2-hour guided, small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, 75-minute walking tour. See where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Stop at some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus Congress Hall, the original Supreme Court building, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Nueva York a Filadelfia y Los Amish en Castellano

One day excursion, to see the history of the birth of this nation through the signing of the Declaration of the Independence and the National Constitution in the city of Philadelphia that has always been faithfully accompanied by the Liberty Bell, witness of the main events developed there and in the world.Also at Lancaster you will know all the history, culture and news of Los Amish when you visit their community there. Awesome!Choose from one of the tree meeting points and get ready to spend a great day with a personalized group under 14 passengers and a driver and guide prepared and friendly.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

See the dark side of Philly during this adult night tour developed by a local university professor. Not for the faint of heart, this tour uncovers Philadelphia’s R-rated sites and stories, from vampires, pirate ghost ships, and haunted attractions to torture, executions, and the red light district. You'll also visit historical attractions and see the sights illuminated at night. This tour is not suitable for children.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour

Retrace the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin and his fellow patriots during the founding of a nation on this guided, 75-minute walking tour. Discover colonial Philadelphia's historic past and visit some of the city’s landmark locations, like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenters’ Hall, and much more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

Journey back in time on a guided, 1-hour carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of historic Philadelphia. Visit Philly’s Independence National Historical Park, Society Hill and Old City. This leisurely ride features famous locations like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth Alley, and much more.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this 1.5-hour walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenter's Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historic sights in Philadelphia on this guided, 3-hour, small-group walking tour. See where the Liberty Bell originally stood at Independence Hall. Visit Powel House, a brick mansion named after the city’s first mayor and often visited by George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, among others. Stop at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church where the nation’s Founding Fathers worshipped.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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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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Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

Delve deep into Philadelphia history with this combination tour, which includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and an historic walking tour. Hop off the bus tour at any one of the 27 attractions to explore further on your own. See Al Capone's cell and learn about the history of American incarceration at Eastern State. Follow in statesman Benjamin Franklin's steps on an historic walking tour of Old City's highlights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Classic Philadelphia City Bike Tour

Explore Philadelphia on a bicycle with a 3.5-hour tour of the city’s most beloved sites. Pedal alongside your guide as you loop through the city, and pause to take in the Philadelphia Museum of Art before riding a scenic river trail to Rittenhouse Park. Learn about Philly history and culture at Washington Square Park, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and enjoy a pace and route that’s tailored to your group’s needs. This small-group tour ensures a personal experience, and offers a fun, active way to visit Philly’s essential highlights.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Old City and Tavern Tour of Philadelphia

Stroll around the grounds where the founding fathers planned the American revolution on this 2-hour historical walking tour in Philadelphia. Visit the Betsy Ross House, the Arch Street Meeting House, and Independence Hall, among other locations. As you walk, stop by several historic taverns to sip some libations with your fellow travelers.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

Fans of the movie ‘Rocky’ will love this private driving tour to the filming locations from the mega-popular series of flicks. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time, then visit places like Mighty Mick's Boxing gym, Adrian’s pet shop and restaurant, Rocky's homes, the Italian Market and the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a memorable trip every Rocky fan will want to experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Eat Drink and Experience Philly Walking Tour

Journey around Philadelphia, see some the city’s most popular sights, and drink four local beers on this 9-hour walking tour. Your guide takes you to the city’s must-see areas, as well as bars and pubs loved by locals. Along the way, pass the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Queen Village, and Ben Franklin House. Plus, at each of the four bars you stop at, enjoy a beer and a snack.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail

Journey to the City of Brotherly Love from New Haven, CT on this round-trip adventure that showcases Philadelphia's top attractions. Learn about Edgar Allen Poe, Benjamin Franklin and more on this tour that includes round-trip train transport, hop-on hop-off bus tours and lunch. 
  • Duration: 1 day
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