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Forget watching History Channel documentaries, why not see the landmarks that shaped America in real life on this Philadelphia tour? From the building where the US Constitution was signed to George Washington's house, and a church where America's founding fathers once sat, this tour even includes a craft beer to help you digest all the history.
- Explore a history-drenched neighbourhood and view some of the iconic sights of Philadelphia with a local guide
- Get a whistle-stop tour of all the major Philadelphia sights, as well as a couple of hidden gems, too!
- Absorb the rich historical significance of landmarks like the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Court, Old City Hall, the Second Bank of the US, and more
- Visit local businesses and watering holes such as a local coffee house and a local brewpub, where we treat you to a locally-brewed ale or another drink of your choice
Tour style:History, Walking & Orientation, Food, & Heritage
Local English-speaking guide, admission to various historic buildings, a beer or beverage at the final stop.
Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Meeting point:
Philly Tour Hub, Arch Street, between 2nd and 3rd Sts. (229 Arch St.)
- Starting time: 2.30 PM
- Ending point:
A pub in the heart of Old City
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Additional information:
A beer or soft drink is provided at the end of the tour. All other purchases are paid by the traveler.
- Dress standard:
A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!
- Child policy:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
- Language: English
Visit those unmissable Philly sights on this historical Philadelphia tour that ditches the guidebooks and gives you a dose of history from a local perspective. After all, this is the history that shaped the people of this city, so why not learn about it from them?
Start your Philadelphia tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you'll meet your guide and see some great local art and photography inside this historic space. Outside, we’ll see the Betsy Ross House and hear stories of the birth of the American flag. From there, we weave through the charming back alleys of Old City, and wind up walking down the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.
Next, you’ll be treated to a visit inside Christ Church, where you'll hear stories of our founding fathers, sit where they sat, and learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America.
The next stop on the tour comes at a little local coffee shop, where you can grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about Philadelphia history. As you walk through Old City, you’ll get a taste of this vibrant neighbourhood and pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafés, and shopping in Philly. You'll also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way.
You'll get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin's home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. Past Franklin Court, you’ll be greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. Walk across the Mall and into the President's House Site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly's tenure as our nation's capital.
From there we pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. We then continue this Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden mosaic mural. Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and possibly visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Your guide will also share knowledge of Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the 2nd Bank of the US, and Carpenter's Hall as you make your way through the park. With all these local stories from your guide, you'll get a truly unique perspective on the much-visited spots in Philadelphia.
As this Philadelphia tour winds down, we exit the park and head back into the vibrant Old City neighbourhood. We end the tour at a local brewpub. You'll get a craft beer brewed in-house (or soft drink if you wish) included in the price of the tour, and we'll say a cheers to the beautiful city of Philadelphia!
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.79
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.90
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.48
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.69
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.76
Ms. Aimee A.
USA ~ 02 Apr 2015[back to top]
I apologize but I forgot our tour guide's name! I was on the Sunday, 3/29 history tour at 2:30pm - our guide (the woman who lived in Russia for awhile) was great!
Ms. Marie F.
~ 01 Apr 2015[back to top]
Josh Silver was a wonderful guide to the historic district. His knowledge of the city's history was matched by his enthusiasm and apparent enjoyment in sharing what he knew with us. Although the day was cold and windy, we had a great time, thanks to his skill.
Mr. David F.
USA ~ 09 May 2014[back to top]
Being the only two on the walking tour, it was great to have the exclusive use of the guide. He made sure we got into Christ Church before it closed. Listened to our expectations and what we were interested in and patterned the tour to that. Glad we did some of the historic things BEFORE the afternoon tour as they were not available after the tour. Suggested some great places for dinner.
Mrs. Margery W.
USA ~ 06 Mar 2014[back to top]
We took the tour on Sunday, March 2nd; our guide was Nina and she was excellent, very enthusiastic, interesting, knowledgeable and fun!!
Mrs. Anna F.
USA ~ 16 Nov 2013[back to top]
Chris was a great tour guide. This was our second tour, we brought our parents to enjoy the same tour we had a few months ago and enjoyed so much! It is a fabulous way to see Philly on foot and really get an indepth look and appreciation of the history in this amazing city.
Mrs. Pat L.
United Kingdom ~ 28 Oct 2013[back to top]
Friends over from England visiting Philadelphia area, took them on the history tour of Philly.
Tour guide Josh was very imformative and very friendly.
Great day and happy to recommend. Pat & Pete.
Mrs. Pamela K.
USA ~ 14 Oct 2013[back to top]
Marianne was an awesome guide. It was a rainy windy day and the government was shut down, yet she was still able to give us a great tour of old city and all the historical sites. Very enjoyable. She is energetic and fun and I would definitely do another tour with her.
Mr. Robert K.
USA ~ 08 Aug 2013[back to top]
My girlfriend and I had a great time on the History in HD tour of Philly. Our tour guide Nina was very knowledgeable about the city and was very enthusiastic and upbeat throughout the tour. It would have been nice to go into a few more places rather than stopping in front of them but other than that I have no complaints. I've lived in Philly all of my life but I learned some things that even I didn't know. Overall I would certainly recommend taking a tour with urban adventures and I plan to do so again in the future.
Ms. Cindy B.
USA ~ 31 Jul 2013[back to top]
Our tour guide, NINA, was awesome!! She was very knowledgeable and shared a wealth of information with the group! I've been telling everyone how great the tour was and all my friends can't wait to go!! Nina made our tour exceptional!!
Ms. Alyssa G.
USA ~ 11 Jul 2013[back to top]
Our tour guide was OUTSTANDING. He was so friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Philadelphia. It was the perfect tour for out-of-towners as well as for people who live in Philly but haven't had the historical experience yet! The ending at Triumph was such a great bonus! Absolutely amazing.
Ms. Jackie L.
USA ~ 03 Jul 2013[back to top]
Our guide, Andy, was very personable and informative. The tour included a great mix of historic sites and was neither too rushed nor too slow. Ending at the Triumph Brewery for a pint made it pretty much a perfect summer outing. I will definitely return to try the other tours!!
Ms. Erin M.
USA ~ 02 Jul 2013[back to top]
Our guide was truly superb. He went out of his way to tailor the tour to us and our interests. He also was exceptionally knowable about Philadelphia and it's history, as well as other subjects. We both enjoyed the tour and the guide. Such a fabulous way to see Philadelphia!
Mrs. Amanda V.
USA ~ 16 Jun 2013[back to top]
Everyone had a blast!
Ms. Catie B.
~ 01 May 2013[back to top]
Jeremy was an awesome guide. We had such an amazing time! We would recommend your tours to anyone!
Mr. Bill P.
USA ~ 25 Apr 2013[back to top]
Josh was extremely personable & made every effort to get to us the group members by name. He was also open to our questions & encouraged our asking them.
Mrs. Beverly Q.
USA ~ 12 Mar 2013[back to top]
Such a great tour. Kenny was a fantastic guide. Please let him know the Mechanics restaurant he dropped us off at was perfect---could not have asked for a better recommendation. Thanks, we'll definitely take another tour next time! Bev and Tony
Mr. David P.
USA ~ 31 Dec 2012[back to top]
I grew up in Philly, but have since moved to Colorado where I met my lady. She joined me for Christmas and I figured a guided tour would be more beneficial than me simply pointing out historical sites. Our guide, Bob, was great. He took us around to the usual places and to some off the path places that I didn't even know of. He often gave us the choice of going inside or not as some places charged. He was also very knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy Philadelphia's history. A few times, Bob asked landmark guides/representatives questions, which made us learn even more. I don't know if Bob already knew the answers or if he was just as interested as us. Either way, it was an enjoyable walk and Bob made us feel like he was simply showing his friends around and sharing his knowledge.
Mrs. Marian P.
USA ~ 28 Nov 2012[back to top]
We had an incredible afternoon on the historic tour! Chris was fabulous...intelligent, witty, informative and relevant. We will request him as we plan other tours with Urban Adventures!
Mr. robert K.
~ 21 Nov 2012[back to top]
Chris not only knows his history, but he presents in a most engaging way, with enthusiasm and joy in his voice. We will be back!
Mrs. CATHERINE M.
United Kingdom ~ 14 Aug 2012[back to top]
Our guide for our tour of Historic Philadelphia, Chris, was excellent. Very detailed knowledge but presented in a really easy going way, so it wasn't like being at a lecture. Chris had a great enthusiasm for his city and it was a real pleasure for us to tour his city with him.
Mr. Joseph L.
USA ~ 19 Jul 2012[back to top]
Jason, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and personable. Our tour group was small and it was nice to be able to get to know my fellow travelers. Our pace was relaxed and we took plenty of breaks in the shade and in air conditioned buildings. I really appreciated this because it was such a hot July day! Some highlights were the giant "Dream Garden" mosaic in the Curtis Building and the Triumph Brewery, where our tour concluded. There, Urban Adventures treated us all to the first round! Overall, I was very satisfied with the tour - it was affordable, I learned a lot, and my friends and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. In fact, I am already making reservations for my next tour with Urban Adventures.
Ms. Laurel K.
USA ~ 06 Jul 2012[back to top]
Nina was a great guide in a city she obviously loves!
Ms. Cathy D.
USA ~ 15 Jun 2012[back to top]
Nina was great. We saw things we would've never seen without her direction and knowledge.
Ms. Sally N.
USA ~ 14 Jun 2012[back to top]
The tour was great, Jeremy did a superb job of creating a truly unique experience and a very enjoyable afternoon. I think that Urban Adventures does a top notch job, would not hesitate to book another tour and to recommend to others
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
The Philadelphia Urban Adventures team is a knowledgeable and energetic group, dedicated to making sure that our urban travelers get the most out of their Philly experience. We come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the world, with shared passions for travel, local culture, history, food, music, art and architecture. And above all we want you to leave Philadelphia with a love for the City that you will share with others when you get home!
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