Expert Led Tour Of Colonial Philadelphia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    City Tavern Restaurant, 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


In the in 17th century, Pennsylvania was discovered and became a safe haven for oppressed Quakers. We start our Philadelphia History Tour by talking about William Penn, and his plan to make the colony of Pennsylvania prosper. While visiting buildings that are 200+ years old, we'll identify the main themes that defines Philadelphia's past and present. While we visit some of the oldest homes, we'll see the development of the wealthy merchant class and how they help define Philadelphia's history.


  • Editor's Pick
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour

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Meet at a central Philadelphia location and follow your guide on a 3-hour walking tour. Youll visit several historic houses, monuments and churches dating back to the 18th century, all of which played a role in the founding of the US.

Learn about William Penn, who founded Philadelphia in the 17th century as a safe haven for persecuted Quakers. Make your way to the Society Hill neighborhood to visit Powel house. Built in 1765, this elegant Georgian brick mansion was bought by Samuel Powel, who served as the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule. Hear how he frequently entertained guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

Continue to the Old City neighborhood to visit Christ church, the first Protestant Episcopal church in the US and the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church.

Stop by St Peters Church, a historic church that opened in 1761 and served as the place of worship for many of the US Founding Fathers during the period of the Continental Congress. Learn how the building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

Explore Independence hall, the original home of the Liberty bell which now houses the Centennial Bell. As you walk, your guide will explain how the city evolved during these times, and discuss the events and ideologies that set the stage for the American Revolution and beyond.


Small Group Guided Tour



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children 12 and younger are not permitted on group tours

Tour operates rain or shine

Traveler Reviews

  • 22-Oct-2019

    Wonderful tour of the historic district of Philadelphia. Our guide was very knowledgeable about history. That made it memorable. He also knew a great deal about colonial architecture. Overall it was a great experience.

  • 29-Jan-2018

    Fantastic. The tour guide was absolutely amazing, and knew everything there is to know about colonial-era Philadelphia.

  • 05-Jun-2017

    This was a great tour! Our guide explained and showed us what Philadelphia looked like and compared it to what we saw today. Lots of history facts that you just could not see on your own! I have back issues but the guide was very willing to slow down, stop, and let me rest while she told of the rich history of the city! Worth the price!

  • 09-Oct-2016

    My family had an absolutely wonderful time with our guide, David!!
    For a little over three hours, David provided great insight into our founding fathers, and the city of
    Philadelphia. We learned so much and saw so much. I would highly recommend this tour as it is designed to provide a first hand look at our history in a small group setting filled with opportunity to ask questions and learn about our founding fathers. FANTASTIC

  • 11-Jul-2016

    Very informative and Tim was excellent guide

  • 26-Jun-2016

    Joella was a great guide..had lots of interesting tidbits to share!!

  • 14-Jun-2015

    Justina is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about the city's history, etc.

  • 14-Feb-2013

    Jennifer was excellent - knowledgable and willing to adjust tour to reflect our interests. We enjoyed the experience very much.