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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
$48.50 per adult
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Fantastically Fun Philly
The trolley was a great way to see many landmarks from a local that had a great sense of humor. We took a stop to climb the Rocky steps and take a pic with the statue! Lasted about an hour 45 mins and was oh so much fun! Would definitely do it again!
Mary_U, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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Very Informative
Carol_S, Jul 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Was a great tour! Stopped off at the art museum and the Rocky statue. Learned a lot that I never knew about Philadelphia
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The tour guides were very...
Sally_V, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The tour guides were very knowledgeable we had three of them. Only concern was we couldn’t find the first stop, because of the WAWA extravaganza We spotted a tour guide, with pigtails and she helped us find the buses and explained the confusion Next time there is a change in bus pick, please text or email the people that have reservations. Thank you. Sally Vernile
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I learned so much and the...
Ronda_R, Jun 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
I learned so much and the tour guide was awesome. I really enjoyed learning about the medical center.
star-5
Would do it again!
Tanya_W, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
My fiancé and I had a great time celebrating his birthday weekend with a tour of Philadelphia. We were so amazed with it’s historical buildings and stories. The tour guide was entertaining and the tour was engaging.
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Overall mostly pleasant
CONNIE_M, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Overall worked smoothly some drivers were rude, mostly all courteous, most tours went smoothly, some had arguments with customers and felt the need to vent with other staff about it loudly (young man), but would recommend as good way to see city
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The guides were helpful....
Beverly_K, Jun 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
The guides were helpful. Some told stories that were funny. They each had a different slant on each site visited
star-5
Great way to see the city!
Allison_L, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Tour guide Zane was super knowledgeable about Philly and gave us so many detailed facts we would never learn on our own! Great way to see the city.
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Our guide was great! ...
George_W, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our guide was great! Enjoyed seeing the many things Philadelphia has to offer and the different neighborhoods.
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Philadelphia Freedom😍
Tammy_H, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our tour guide was amazing!!! He made the city's history come alive while inflecting his vivacious personality!!! We haf a great time!!!
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History of Philadelphia
Judith_T, Jun 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
Was interesting to learn the facts about the history of Philadelphia from Michael who gave us our tickets, it helped us understand the history of all the sites we saw. We thought Philadelphia was a very cosmopolitan city! The driver and guide were very thoughtful.
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First time in Philly!
Tamie_S, Jun 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
First time in Philly and had a great time on the tour! The guides and drivers were fantastic and it was a great way to get around the city! Thank you!
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A very nice overview of the City of Brotherly Love
Joseph_T, May 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
The Reading Terminal Market and Constitution Hall. The guides were first class especially James who spoke some Spanish
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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