Philadelphia

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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.

Where to stay in Philadelphia

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
4 out of 5
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
The price is £124 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,337 reviews)
"The rooms were cozy and quiet. The hotel is conveniently located in the center of Philly, within walking distance of a lot of locations."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
The Windsor Suites
The Windsor Suites
4 out of 5
1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £143 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,419 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

The Windsor Suites
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £176 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,649 reviews)
"We love this hotel! Mainly because the people are so amazing. However it is a bit dated, needs a renovation big time. But everything is kept clean and in working order. We didn’t love the location, only because there was a big traffic back up and there is constant honking on the street that could ..."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Sofitel Philadelphia at 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 The Witherspoon
Sonder The Witherspoon
3.5 out of 5
130 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
The price is £98 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (199 reviews)
"The location was excellent for our needs and the size and set up of the apartments was great. The only down downsides: The air conditioner was not great, the area is loud-but to be expected and the cleaning crew walked in 2 hours before I checked out unannounced. Nonetheless we would book again!"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Sonder The Witherspoon
Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
3.5 out of 5
1600 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"Would definitely stay here again!!!!"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
Sonder at The Terrace
Sonder at The Terrace
3.5 out of 5
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Rittenhouse ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"its location on the BF Parkway was excellent"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Sonder at The Terrace
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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