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PhiladelphiaUnited States of America

Perhaps one of the ‘classic’ American cities, Philadelphia is known both within the United States and worldwide for its important role in the nation’s history.

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

Liberty Bell Center which includes a city, a monument and heritage architecture

Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Center City. Check out top attractions like Reading Terminal Market and Liberty Bell Center, and jump on the metro at 11th St Station or 13th St. Station to see more of the city.

Center City
University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

University City

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Travellers choose University City for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 40th St. Station or 34th St. Station and check out top sights like Franklin Field.

University City
Independence National Historical Park

Old City

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Old City. Top attractions like Penn's Landing and Independence National Historical Park are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2nd St. Station or 5th St. Station to see more of the city.

Old City
South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

South Philadelphia

Travellers choose South Philadelphia for its great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Oregon Station or Snyder Station and check out top sights like Citizens Bank Park.

South Philadelphia
Fairmount Park featuring heritage architecture, a lake or waterhole and skyline

West Philadelphia

3/5(1 area review)

Noted for its art galleries and museums, there's plenty to explore in West Philadelphia. Top attractions like Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at 52nd St. Station or 56th St. Station to see more of the city.

West Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art which includes interior views and art as well as a small group of people

North Philadelphia

You might enjoy the historical sites while in North Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Erie Station or Allegheny Station to see more of the city.

North Philadelphia

Top hotels in Philadelphia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
3.5 out of 5
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is £106 per night

Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphia Museum of Art and University ...

3.8/5Good! (24 reviews)

"Great, clean, well put together property. We had an amazing time."…"

Reviewed on 4 May 2020

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
3.5 out of 5
240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA
The price is £96 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of King of Prussia Town Center and King of Prussia Mall. Valley Forge Convention Center and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,872 reviews)

"It was the best very nice place to live and it has everything its like a house"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2020

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
2.5 out of 5
3901 Old Street Rd, Bensalem, PA
The price is £131 per night

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Parx Casino and Racetrack and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Neshaminy Mall. Philadelphia Mills ...

4.2/5Excellent! (488 reviews)

"I really enjoyed our stay. The place was beautiful, and clean. Everything worked. It is a smoke free environment. But we can smoke outside. Smokers could use one of those outside cigarette containers. There is butts outside door. I Love the outside area. But is would have been nice to have setting ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace

Popular places to visit in Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center
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Wells Fargo Center

5/5(7 reviews)

Catch an event at Wells Fargo Center during your trip to Philadelphia.Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or attend a sporting event.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(41 reviews)

One of the country’s largest museums, with hundreds of thousands of objects, a Rodin Museum, renowned impressionist art and a sculpture garden.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
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Pennsylvania Convention Center

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Pennsylvania Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or attend a sporting event.

University of Pennsylvania
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University of Pennsylvania

5/5(5 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Pennsylvania, a top university in Philadelphia. Experience the entertainment choices and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market

4.5/5(38 reviews)

An enclosed market where you can sample Philly cheesesteaks, shoofly pies, soft pretzels and other local treats, or stock up on organic produce and handmade crafts.

Liberty Bell Center
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Liberty Bell Center

4/5(51 reviews)

Set in the historical heart of the city, this glass pavilion that houses America’s symbol of independence is one of the most visited sights in Philadelphia.

Top things to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
£28
Per adult
Philadelphia & Amish Country Day Trip from New York
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Philadelphia & Amish Country Day Trip from New York

84% of travellers recommend
£137
Per adult
Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour
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Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£28
Per adult
Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours

78% of travellers recommend
£51
Per adult
Vampires, Sex, & Ghost Tour
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Vampires, Sex, & Ghost Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£20
Per adult
National Constitution Center Tickets
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National Constitution Center Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
£12
Per adult

Reviews of Philadelphia

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

16 Nov 2019

P hiladelphia is good and wekk organised city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

Great city and very walkable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

8 Aug 2019

Loved historic Philadelphia!

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