Old City Walking Tour, Philadelphia

Old City Walking Tour, Philadelphia

The Old City is a wonderful historic area in the heart of Philadelphia. The Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall are but a few of the historical attractions this great place has to offer. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!
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Old City Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old City Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: leticia
Carpenters' Hall

1) Carpenters' Hall (must see)

Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Completed in 1773 and set back from Chestnut Street, the meeting hall was built for and is still owned by the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country's oldest extant trade guild. The First Continental Congress met here. The building was added to the National Register of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Philosophical Hall

2) Philosophical Hall

Philosophical Hall is a historic building in Philadelphia. Located near Independence Hall, the building has, for over 200 years, been the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society. For twenty years after its founding, the American Philosophical Society (APS) had no home of its own, and met in different locations in Philadelphia. In 1783, APS members voted to construct a building in which meetings could be held. The society originally considered a lot near Arch Street, but a lot became...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Independence Hall

3) Independence Hall (must see)

Independence Hall is an American national landmark, located on Chestnut Street. It is world famous for being the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were discussed and adopted. This listed World Heritage Site was completed in...   view more
Congress Hall

4) Congress Hall (must see)

Congress Hall is a building near the intersection of Chestnut and 6th Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that served as the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800. During Congress Hall's duration as the capitol of the United States, the country admitted three new states, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee; ratified the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution; and oversaw the Presidential inaugurations of both George Washington (his second) and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Liberty Bell

5) Liberty Bell (must see)

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack in 1752, and was cast with the lettering "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Declaration House (Graff House)

6) Declaration House (Graff House)

Bricklayer Jacob Graff built this modest three-floor house in the 1770s, with the intention to have its second floor let for extra income. The Second Continental Congress soon brought to the house a slim, ginger-haired lodger named Thomas Jefferson, who looked for a quiet room away from city noise. His search must have been successful, given the fact that he drafted here the Declaration of Independence in just a few weeks of staying in late spring 1776. Many things that would have been around...   view more
Franklin Square

7) Franklin Square (must see)

A renovated Franklin Square was unveiled in the summer of 2006 as part of Philadelphia's celebration of Benjamin Franklin's tercentenary. Courtesy of the project, the park—last of five original squares laid out by William Penn—obtained new walkways, lighting, landscaping, and public WCs with changing tables. Inside the Square is a number of attractions including the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and a couple of public playgrounds (one for kids aged 2 to 5,...   view more
National Constitution Center

8) National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is an organization that seeks to expand awareness and understanding of the United States Constitution and operates a museum to advance those purposes. A groundbreaking ceremony for the museum was held on September 17, 2000–213 years after the original Constitution was signed. On July 4, 2003, it was opened and the National Constitution Center joined other notable sites and iconic exhibits in what has been called "America's most historical square...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Christ Church Burial Ground

9) Christ Church Burial Ground (must see)

The Christ Church Burial Ground was founded by the Christ Church as a supplementary burying ground in 1719. Located right in the heart of the historic Old City, this is one of the most significant American cemeteries, holding 1,400 markers on two beautiful acres. Some of the United States' historic leaders, including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence, have found their final resting place...   view more
Arch Street Friends Meeting House

10) Arch Street Friends Meeting House

Arch Street Friends Meeting House is the oldest operating Quaker (the Religious Society of Friends) meetinghouse in the United States, and the largest in the world. The land was alloted to a Quaker burial ground by Philadelphia’s founder, William Penn, at the end of the 17th century. The house was built in 1804; today it features an exhibit on the life of Penn and holds meetings for its congregation. The available guides present a fifteen minute slideshow and can walk you to a variety of...   view more

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much more. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Here is a list of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Old City History Walk

Old City History Walk

Let Philadelphia tell you about the great history of the United States through its outstanding historic places. Learn more about America’s founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country’s long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Take the following tour to discover Philadelphia’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast range of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take the following tour to see the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia area. The name "Fairmount" itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits. Later, the name was applied to the street that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Art Museum Area," for its proximity to and association with the Art Museum. Take this tour to see the famous Eastern State Penitentiary located on Fairmount Avenue, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Fairmount Park and its famous attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

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