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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.


  • Historical walking tour of Philadelphia’s colonial sites
  • Learn about William Penn, the founder of Philadelphia
  • Visit Powel house, a historic mansion that entertained guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin
  • See where the Founding Fathers worshiped at St Peter’s Church
  • Discover where the Liberty Bell originally stood at Independence Hall
  • Hear what events set the stage for the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Christ's Church

Meet at a central Philadelphia location and follow your guide on a 3-hour walking tour. You’ll visit several historic houses, monuments and churches dating back to the 18th century, all of which played a role in the founding of the US.

Learn about William Penn, who founded Philadelphia in the 17th century as a safe haven for persecuted Quakers. Make your way to the Society Hill neighborhood to visit Powel House. Built in 1765, this elegant Georgian brick mansion was bought by Samuel Powel, who served as the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule. Hear how he frequently entertained guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

Continue to the Old City neighborhood to visit Christ Church, the first Protestant Episcopal church in the US and the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church.

Stop by St Peter’s Church, a historic church that opened in 1761 and served as the place of worship for many of the US Founding Fathers during the period of the Continental Congress. Learn how the building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

Explore Independence Hall, the original home of the Liberty Bell which now houses the Centennial Bell. As you walk, your guide will explain how the city evolved during these times, and discuss the events and ideologies that set the stage for the American Revolution and beyond.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative and Tim was excellent guide

Benjamin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Justina is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about the city's history, etc.

Greg Smith Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Jennifer was excellent - knowledgable and willing to adjust tour to reflect our interests. We enjoyed the experience very much.

Barbara S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Joella was a great guide..had lots of interesting tidbits to share!!

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