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Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

Free admission
Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

The Basics

Officially the largest municipal building in the US, City Hall is a highlight on a number of Philadelphia walking, minivan, and bus tours. City Hall is also a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing double-decker bus.

Casual passersby can admire the building, especially its Second Empire edifice bearing impressive sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder, creator of the William Penn statue on its spire. Dilworth Park, located at the building’s base and added during a 2014 renovation, is a pleasant place to pause and catch your breath. Tours of the building’s interior are also available; tickets are based on 15-minute timed intervals and can be purchased online or at the venue. It’s also possible to book a guided tower tour and ascend to the observation deck located just below the William Penn statue.

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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
US$45.00 per adult
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Great Time!
Really great time! Trolley host and driver were very accommodating and fun. Would recommend to family and friend groups of adults (the BYOB makes it a great time!)
Caroline_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

star-5
We really had a great time
Francesca_C, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The process to obtain our tickets was easy, The bus is kept very clean, friendly staff and the tour was very informative.
star-4
Confusing operations due...
Willie_M, Aug 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Confusing operations due to merging with another company because of COVID. Would have been a better experience.
star-4
Very informative!!
DAudra_C, Aug 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Mr. Bill was an excellent tour guide, extremely knowledgeable about history and architecture. My only negative is that there could have been more social distancing as the delta variant is growing in numbers.
star-5
I would plan to stay there again.
Gail_C, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The apartment was very modern, nice & clean. I liked the location & there was a parking lot & on street parking. We look an Uber all over the city.
star-5
Great time with friends!
Cat_P, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our tour guide (though I do not remember his name) was spectacular. Engaging, funny and quick witted. Though we missed part of the tour due to Ben Franklin Parkway being inaccessible, we loved the parts of the city we did see and our abbreviated tour was enjoyed by everyone in our group! An excellent job showing off our city to out of town guests!
star-4
Would recommend
Keith_O, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The whole tour it was very informative the guides were funny and still got the point across my only regret was the marathon was being held so we missed some stops no one told us until we were seated
star-5
Great experience
Jody_W, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Hearing about the history from the very knowledgeable guides. Seeing the highlights of the city all in the comfort of a bus
star-5
Guide was knowledgeable...
Ann_J, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Trip gave a great overview of the city and helped us plan how to spend the rest of our visit.
star-5
Really fun and informative
Tara_P, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our tour guides were awesome. Funny and knowledgeable. Kept us laughing while teaching us about the City. Definitely recommend and will take the tour again when family come into town!
star-5
Very informative and fun!...
Fran_S, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Very informative and fun! We had such a great time learning the history of Pittsburgh and the guides were very knowledgeable.
star-5
Definitely Worth it!
Dawn_D, Nov 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Very informative! Recommended to go For the entire tour first then jump back on and get off where you’d like to spend more time. Uncle Bruce was awesome & driver maneuvered they an accident like a pro!!
star-5
A bus tour is the perfect introduction to the city
Leila_D, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Both tour guides were engaging and knowledgeable, as well as humorous. The routes helped us to understand the layout of the city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • City Hall’s viewing platform, the highest open-air observation deck in Philadelphia, offers panoramic views of the city at 548 feet (167 meters).

  • Follow in the footsteps of your favorite actors: Philadelphia City Hall served as a filming location in classic movies ranging from Rocky to Philadelphia.

  • While you can book tickets on the day, it’s wise to purchase them online and secure your admission slot in advance.

  • One of the best perspectives of City Hall comes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—it's visible directly down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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How to Get There

Philadelphia City Hall stands at what was once Center Square, a landmark still very accessible on foot. There are also a number of public transportation options for visiting City Hall, including SEPTA Regional Rail (use either Suburban and Jefferson stations), SEPTA Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, SEPTA trolleys, SEPTA buses, and NJ Transit buses.

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When to Get There

Philadelphia City Hall is open Monday–Friday and on select Saturdays year-round; it’s closed during public holidays. December is an exciting time to visit: That’s when Dilworth Park hosts the lively Rothman Ice Rink and companion Christmas market.

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What's Inside Philadelphia City Hall?

While the tower tour is often considered the highlight of a City Hall visit, don't discount the interior splendors of this architectural treasure. The enormous building contains more than 600 rooms, including the opulent City Council Chamber, the wood-paneled Supreme Court Room, and the chandelier-lit Conversation Hall.

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