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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
$48.50 per adult
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Do yourself a favor a take this tour. Hilarious, informative, fun. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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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-5
Fun tour!
Steve_G, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The guides were great! Highly recommend to get an overview and then decide what you’d like to see. We covered the major attractions and highlights.
star-5
Excellent experience
Kathy_k, May 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
Very informative. Nice way to hop on and hop off the bus to go to different. We took the whole tour and got on another bus to go to lunch and both tour guides and noted same but also different things! Will do it again when in town!
star-5
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Dana_M, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our guide and driver were excellent! Julia is very knowledgeable about Philly, and her sense of humor was a pleasant and welcomed addition to the tour.
star-5
Fun day in Philly
Dorothy_H, May 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
We always like taking the hop on hop off when going to a new city. We had three different narrators and they were all good. The bus drivers are amazing.
star-5
A great Weekend In Philly
Curtis_T, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
This was truly one of the greatest experiences that I’ve had. To actually see the places where such important events took place in our nation’s infancy is amazing.
star-4
Your guides very as to...
Joyce_G, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Your guides very as to knowledge. All were very nice and welcoming. Good about checking to see if anyone wanted off at each stop. Good over view.
star-5
Great tour!
Ellen_C, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great introduction, overview, and information about this great city. Love the old and the new, plus all the art work. Then went back to areas of interest. Great guide Kyle gave us lots of wonderul information!
star-5
The tour guides were...
Kelly_B, May 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
The tour guides were informative and personable. The stops were right on with the sites we wanted to see.
star-5
28 stop hop on hop off tour for 2 days
Nelva_G, May 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
A lot of history, the best way to have a glance of the main important places to visit in Philly . Excelent tour guides
star-4
Loved the little stories...
SusanA_B, May 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Loved the little stories i.e. cemetery with maybe 4,000 bodies, Rocky movie, weird parking garage, Chinatown gate with no nails or screws. All very enjoyable!
star-4
Fun activity for a group
Monica_B, Apr 2022
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
We went with our daughter's volleyball team and their parents. I liked getting to see all the sites from the comfort of the bus. We rode the bus the full trip and then partway again. It was interesting how different the different tour guides present the info.

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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