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  • Explore a history-drenched neighbourhood and view some of the iconic sights of Philadelphia with a local guide
  • Get a whistle-stop private 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 Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley, Betsy Ross House 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
The History in HD tour starts and ends in Philadelphia. The History in HD is a Walking Tour that takes 2 hours.

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.
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“We did the Historic District tour with Josh S. He was fun and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and we'd do it again. We will definitely look for Urban Adventures opportunities in the future. .”
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“We were very pleased with Josh and his enthusiasm for Philadelphia! It was a nice small group, and we received a great overview of the city. I would highly recommend this tour!”
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Ms. Aimee A. At
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“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!”
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“Awesome time!”
Itinerary
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 behind the Religious Liberty Statue just outside the National Museum of American Jewish History, where you’ll meet your guide and begin your Best. Day. Ever.

From here, we’ll take you back to the time of our nation’s founding, weaving your way through Independence National Park. Your guide will share knowledge of the most significant sites of the park, such as Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall, among other sites that were instrumental in establishing many of the country’s first institutions and ideologies.

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 and a possible excursion into Washington Square for stories of Philadelphia founder William Penn.

We then pass the Liberty Bell, where you'll hear about why this iconic symbol has become so famous all around the world. Just next door, you’ll enter the President’s House site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital. You’ll stroll up through the grand stretch of Independence Mall, home to Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center, the Bourse, and the U.S. Mint.

After passing by the gravesite of the city’s most renowned inventor, Ben Franklin, you’ll enter the charming back alleys of Old City with its unique art galleries, trendy cafés, and fascinating industrial architecture and where you’ll have the chance to grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about things to do in the neighborhood after the tour.

Continue to be immersed in history as you venture past the Betsy Ross House and then down Elfreth’s Alley, the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.

Next, you may 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.

As this Philadelphia tour winds down, your guide will take you to their favorite local bar or restaurant. You'll get a craft beer (or soft drink if you wish) included in the price of the tour, and we'll say cheers to the beautiful city of Philadelphia!
what’s included
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Admission to various historic buildings
  • A beer or beverage at the final stop.
what’s excluded
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide.
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Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 2 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Philadelphia, USA/ Philadelphia, USA
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Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets; 101 South Independence Mall East Meeting end point : A pub in the heart of Old City
CancellationCancellation for this History in HD tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
Trip Details
  • Your Trip

    This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis.  Maximum group size is 12.

  • Dress Standard

    A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

  • Tipping

    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

  • Closure

    Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.
    The Fisher Library hosts students final exams twice a year. We have restricted access (late April to early May and late November to early December) during finals.  

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