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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
USD48.50 per adult
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We had such a great time! Warren was hysterical and really made it fun with the other passengers! Ben Franklin!!!
Tonya_R, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

star-5
First time in Philly: felt the love!
Janelle_S, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
I love the city of Philadelphia! The weather was perfect that day. We had a tour guide named Matthew from Big Bus tours. He was awesome!!!!! Funny, witty, and very knowledgeable! The tour was great! Good value for your money. The city is clean and not congested. It's absolutely beautiful and so full of history. I was disappointed that I didn't get to visit some more places because the day was so short. I love Philly and hope to be back soon. ❤
star-4
Nice ride
Agdi_R, Jul. 2022
City Sightseeing Philadelphia (Night Tour) on Double Decker Bus
Great tour guide!! Upper deck need cleaning Should advise that right seats need to be cautious because of the trees branches.
star-4
Overall we had a good...
Xiaohong_Y, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Overall we had a good experience. The bus is very convenient and with frequent stops. The bus drivers are nice . Will recommend to friends.
star-5
Great adventure!
Jaclyn_D, Aug. 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
My mom and I went on the bus tour and really enjoyed it. I just moved to Philly recently and it enabled me to learn about all the different sights!
star-5
Lots of great stops
cnkdobie, Aug. 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
Loved the ease of the hop on hop off bus in Philly! Guides were knowledgeable and funny. Lots of great things to see and do in Philly. the driver did miss one stop that we asked for and was not time to go back but we saw lots of awesome sites! Tour Independence Hall first thing in the morning and then hop on the bus.
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Fun time
Lori_Z, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great way to see the city. A bit of confusion between the website and the confirmation when the tour starts and the time you'll be picked up at your chosen spot.
star-5
Great way to see a large city
Jean_N, Aug. 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
It our month travels in many cities we have found it works great to take the whole tour and the the next time you can decide where you want to jump off an tour.
star-4
Would do it again!
Katherine_V, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Matt our host and narrator made the trip awesome!! This was our second trip to Philly and we had a bit more time to do stuff so I convinced my husband to go. He was impressed and he laughed a lot at our guide, who by the way, was extremely good at his job!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Richard_W, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The guide! He was so knowledgeable and interesting as we toured the city. Made it very enjoyable! And our Driver was incredible
star-5
Delightful
Gina_F, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
What a way to see Philadelphia. The hop on hop off is the way to go. A wealth of knowledge. The photograph is one of the Mutter museum.
star-4
Learn what u didn't know
Peggie_M, Jul. 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
Love seeing the city for the first time seeing my kids learning. Loved the freedom to stop and get off and get back on. And continue on our journey.
star-5
Great experience
Andrea_K, Aug. 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Very lively tour guides making it an interesting experience. Stops at all relevant spots. ……………………..
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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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