Independence Hall

This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.

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Liberty Bell
One of the most iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell cracked the first time it rung and was twice recast.
Independence Mall
The three blocks in central Philadelphia are home to some of the historic buildings in which some of the country's momentous founding moments took place.
The President's House Site
Exploring the role of slavery at the founding of the United States, the site challenges norms that have developed around the myths of the Founding Fathers.
Philadelphia Old City Hall
It served as the first Supreme Court until 1800, presided over by John Jay. The building continued to be the city hall until 1854.
The Declaration House
Though the original structure no longer stands, the National Park Service rebuilt a replica of the house where Thomas Jefferson penned his immortalized words, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery
The Second Bank of the United States was the second federally authorized Hamiltonian national bank in the United States.

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Architectural Private Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia
Explore the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia, a city rich in American history with plenty of mementoes of its British colonial past, including its iconic architecture. On your private tour of Philadelphia, you will:

  • Walk the historic streets of Philadelphia, delving into significant side alleys to discover the stories behind the numerous historic buildings and monuments.
  • Learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia.
  • Stroll Philadelphia’s cobbled streets to discover handsome colonial-era architecture with shuttered windows, trailing ivy, and bloom-filled planters. 
  •  Visit Jewelers Row and learn about the famed Row houses for which colonial American architecture is known. 
  • Learn about the work of William Penn, an English-born Quaker and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • See where the Liberty Bell originally stood in the elegant Georgian environs of Independence Hall.
  • Please note: The Christ Church Burial Grounds are closed in the winter months and cannot be accessed. Your guide will substitute this for another site on the day of your tour. 

Philadelphia is richly endowed with quaint, cobblestone streets and historic houses packed with charm. Alluring Federalist and Greek Revival-style row homes line neatly curbed pavements and tree-hemmed paths. Straddling large corner plots are grand mansions in high-walled gardens; their elegant painted shutters and imposing street-facing, brass-knobbed doors in bold, baronial hues. As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history, resplendent with colonial architecture a strong reminder of its British Colonial past.

You will learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall - a beautifully proportioned building of perfect architectural balance and symmetry that is more evocative of a country house than an urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powel House, built-in 1765 and elaborately refurbished by its second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793) and often described as the "finest Georgian row house in the city". George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were frequent house guests in this grand pile and would attend Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church, and our next port of call. 

At each turn on the route, your guide will share stories of the old buildings, the preservation efforts that went into keeping the structure, and the way the city tells its own founding story. 
Private Family Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of the Founders
As the Birthplace of the United States of America and the iconic Stars & Stripes flag, Philadelphia boasts monuments to some of the nation’s earliest significant moments. On this private walking tour, your family will have the classroom brought to life while seeing the places where history was made. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a Private, kid-friendly, tour guide.
  • Learn about the city’s role in the American revolution and fight for independence
  • Walk past the first post office in America.
  • Visit the Christ Church Burial Ground (tickets included) and see where Benjamin Franklin and some of his family are buried. 
  • Take a picture of the Liberty Bell.
  • End the tour with tickets to Independence Hall, where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. 
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the site of the First and the Second Continental Congresses. After the Revolution, the city was chosen to be the temporary capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Though federal and state governments left Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century, the city continued for some years to be the nation’s cultural and financial hub. This tour will take you to the Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and Liberty Bell on a stroll to the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams. 

On this walking tour of the storied Historic District, you and your family will explore Philadelphia’s historic district and learn not only its oft-told narrative but also the complexities of the nation. Learn about Philadelphia’s role in the slave trade, its colonial past, and the development of trade links to claim its rightful place as one of the nation’s most important centres of trade. Your tour ends at the entrance to Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, in which you will participate in a tour run by park ranger Independence Hall guides. 

Please note:  
The Christ Church Burial Grounds are closed in the winter months and cannot be accessed. Your guide will substitute this for another site on the day of your tour. 
- Carpenter's Hall and the Second Bank are currently being renovated. During these closures, your guide will give the historical background from the outside.
The Best of Philadelphia Highlights in a Private Vehicle
Enjoy a private driving tour of Philadelphia’s highlights, where you will explore the best of the city of Brotherly Love. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off by your private guide and vehicle. 
  • See the historic district, where the founders crafted many of the nation’s founding documents. 
  • Learn about Betsy Ross - her inspiration for making the first US flag and the events which shaped her life.
  • Visit the famous ‘LOVE’ statue, where you can take your own memorable photo of your time in the city of brotherly love.
  • Enjoy tickets to Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, with two levels of indoor and outdoor sculpture gardens. 
  • Enjoy the numerous sites of Benjamin Franklin Parkway - including Rodin’s ‘The Thinker sculptureFairmount Water Works, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Your private tour begins with an easy hotel pick-up in a private vehicle, for those staying in centrally located hotels. Enjoy an easy drop off at the first site, where your guide will take you on a poignant journey around the historic sites of the American Revolution, where the seeds of independence were taking root long before a musket shot was fired. As you walk around Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross’s homes, along with the homes of numerous other founders, your guide will colour in the missing details of life in Philadelphia during the period: about the political climate of the time, about the tension and excitement around the city. 

You will also have a chance to see several of the city’s other highlights and recognizable sites, like the LOVE statue, Reading Terminal Market, and Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ and numerous other public sculptures outside the Rodin Museum. You will also visit Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (with tickets included), which is an immersive mixed media art environment that is completely covered with mosaics. The creator, Isaiah Zagar, used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirrors, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. 

At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel or drop you off somewhere central in the city. Additionally, our team is happy to book your tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art –simply contact us in advance to reserve and book tickets. Note that this service is only available for morning tours and that the museum is currently closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Best of Philadelphia Private Walking Tour
Because Philadelphia is one of America's oldest cities, the historic city preceded cars by several centuries and is the ideal city to see on foot. On your private walking highlights tour, you will: 

  • Meet your guide in the historic heart of the city, and begin your tour where the city of Philadelphia began
  • See Benjamin Franklin's tomb (from outside the cemetery).
  • Stroll the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall, see the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’s house, and a Quaker meeting house.
  • Explore Midtown Village and the Gaybourhood, where your guide will take you down ‘Mural Mile’ for some of the best graffiti culture in America!
  • Your tour ends at Reading Terminal Market, filled with locals and travellers alike, where you can return throughout your stay to shop for groceries or dine on the go. 

Originally founded as a haven for religious freedom by William PennPennsylvania was colonised by French Huguenots, Mennonites, and most famously in the state - Quakers and Amish. The capital city was formed in 1682 and has served as the seat of government ever since. Throughout the centuries, Philadelphia has gone through revivals and slumps - prosperous then seasons of economic free fall. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the site of the First and the Second Continental Congresses. After the Revolution, the city was chosen to be the temporary capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Though federal and state governments left Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century, the city continued for some years to be the nation’s cultural and financial hub.

To see the remnants of these boom-and-busts of the city, nothing is better than a privately guided walk of it. From its role in inventing the United States to the modern ways in which Philadelphia continues to reinvent itself today, your guide will take you through the highlights and spots off the beaten track to give you a feel of the entire city –not just the highlights seen by most. On your tour, you will not only check off the highlights of the historic district but also fall in love with the city's unique combination of grit and charm. 

Please note: this tour still runs in winter, though it will be cancelled for fresh snow. Year-round, we recommend great walking shoes, layers, and water. 
Philadelphia's Highlights Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will discover the highlights of the US Independence birthplace, Philadelphia.

You will discover the Independence National Historical Park, home to the iconic Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Old City hall and known as the most “historic mile in America".

The historic highlights of Philadelphia are centred near and around the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell area and in addition to being the most concentrated area of historic sites, monuments and museums in the U.S. this area is also part of the most charming neighbourhood of galleries and boutiques in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia offers history, culture, architecture and a feeling of being part of everyday life as one of the most fascinating American cities and we can't wait to virtually take you there.



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