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Philadelphia
Travel Guide

Philadelphia showing a high-rise building, a monument and central business district

Almost 40 million visitors come to this Pennsylvania city each year to see important sites of U.S. history and locations made famous by a popular movie franchise.

Known as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, Philly was once an important meeting place for the Founding Fathers during the American Revolution as they began to consider American Independence and the constitutional framework that would underpin the United States to the current day.

With such a rich history, it is clear that many people visit Philadelphia to find out more about America’s past. Whilst attractions such as the Liberty Bell and the Independence National Historical Park - with its centrepiece, Independence Hall – are key to the city’s tourism, Philadelphia is a very modern city with much more to offer than simply history. Indeed, Philly is a city known for its distinctive cuisine, arts and culture.

Starting with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – the oldest such institution in the United States and home to one of the most exceptional collections of American art in the world - lovers of art and science are certain to love Philadelphia. Even the art galleries in Philly are iconic, as evidenced by the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art which played a starring role in the film Rocky.

The museum itself is one of the largest in America, containing over 227,000 items of interest. Visitors interested in sculpture are certain to be impressed by the Rodin Museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, recently refurbished and home to the largest collection of Auguste Rodin pieces outside of France. For a more hands-on experience, the Please Touch Museum offers highly interactive exhibits aimed at families.

Music and theatre lovers are also wonderfully catered for in Philadelphia. A trip to Centre City is an absolute must, as it’s there that you will find the Avenue of Arts – a dedicated area that plays host to many of the city’s cultural institutions including the theatre district. Attractions lining the Avenue include the Academy of Music, the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts and the Kimmel Centre – home to the Philadelphia Orchestra.

If all the walking involved in soaking up Philly’s history and culture leaves you feeling peckish, you’re already in the right place! Philadelphian cuisine is known for three incredible dishes – cheesesteaks (sliced steak with melted cheese on a hotdog bun), hoagies (cold Italian sandwiches bursting with fillings) and scrapple (a breakfast patty made from pork). Of course, the cheesesteak is most iconic – and the locals could argue all day about who makes them best – but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed if you visit Pat’s King of Steaks on Passyunk Avenue or Geno’s on 9th.

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Where to stay in Philadelphia

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
4 out of 5
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
The price is £91 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square and City Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Pennsylvania Convention ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,133 reviews)
"Very convenient to surrounding sites, but disappointed that no amenities were available at hotel, due to covid restrictions. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA
The price is £127 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Reading ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,460 reviews)
"Great stafff ."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
4 out of 5
220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is £110 per night from 6 May to 6 May
Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,212 reviews)
"Check in was quick & easy, room was comfortable and I enjoyed my stay. Only minor annoyances were one of free water bottles was open (I dumped it) and the hallway by the elevator smelled of "the devil's lettuce." My room was located away from the elevator so didn't bother me. I left my Apple watch ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
3.5 out of 5
1600 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA
Located in Center City, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. City Hall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (210 reviews)
"Awesome property! Awesome stay! Will definitely return,"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
Sonder - The Heid
Sonder - The Heid
3.5 out of 5
325 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Located in Center City, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Liberty Bell Center ...
4/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
"close to museums, bike accessible, close to reading terminal market"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2021

Sonder - The Heid
TheU-BnB
TheU-BnB
3.5 out of 5
1128 S 47th St, Philadelphia, PA
Located in West Philadelphia, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. Children's ...
3.9/5Very Good! (51 reviews)
Comfortable and Interesting Layout
"This is perfect for a Philly getaway for two. It's very spacious, fully equipped duplex. I did not mind the stairs at all either! Had a fun time."

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

TheU-BnB
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Philadelphia

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5/5 - Excellent

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17 Mar 2020

Wear flat shoes so you can walk everywhere its a very historical city you need to walk the streets to see the magnificent buildings. Liberty one is good and the market is very busy giving it a great atmosphere

4/5 - Good

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16 Nov 2019

P hiladelphia is good and wekk organised city.

3/5 - Okay

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14 Sep 2019

Philly is a great city and a good location to reach out to the coast and into New York by train if you don’t want the hassle of finding accommodation in NY

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Sep 2019

Great city and very walkable.

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Aug 2019

A very interesting historical city with lots to do on walking tours and Hop on Hop Off buses in abundance. Well worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Aug 2019

Loved historic Philadelphia!

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