Architectural Private Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA

Travel CuriousAt the statue of William Penn in Welcome Park, 129 Sansom Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19106Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Overview

Revel in the historic buildings and monuments of Pennsylvania’s capital on this private Philadelphia walking tour. Follow the trails of Colonial architecture and cobblestone streets as your personal tour guide fills you in on their histories, from their construction, to their roles in birthing American Democracy, and to the city's current preservation efforts.

up to 2.5 hrs 1 to 9 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Philadelphia Travel Experts
  • See the interesting architecture of Colonial Philadelphia on this walking tour!
  • This entire tour is approximately 2.5 hours in duration.
  • Tour is suitable for culture vultures of all ages. Families are welcome to join.
  • Entrance and access to the Christ Church Burial Grounds is included.
  • Food and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.

Description

from Architectural Private Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia
Explore the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia, a city rich in American history with plenty of mementos of its British colonial past, including its iconic architecture. On your private tour of Philadelphia, you will:

-Walk the historic streets of Philadelphia, delving into significant side alleys to discover the stories behind the numerous historic buildings and monuments.
-Learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia.
-Stroll Philadelphia’s cobbled streets to discover handsome colonial-era architecture with shuttered windows, trailing ivy, and bloom-filled planters.
-Visit Jewelers Row and learn about the famed Row houses for which colonial American architecture is known.
-Learn about the work of William Penn, an English-born Quaker, and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
-See where the Liberty Bell originally stood in the elegant Georgian environs of Independence Hall.
-Please note: The Christ Church Burial Grounds are closed in the winter months and cannot be accessed. Your guide will substitute this for another site on the day of your tour.

Philadelphia is richly endowed with quaint, cobblestone streets and historic houses packed with charm. Alluring Federalist and Greek Revival-style row homes line neatly curbed pavements and tree-hemmed paths. Straddling large corner plots are grand mansions in high-walled gardens; their elegant painted shutters and imposing street-facing, brass-knobbed doors in bold, baronial hues. As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history, resplendent with colonial architecture a strong reminder of its British Colonial past.

You will learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall - a beautifully proportioned building of perfect architectural balance and symmetry that is more evocative of a country house than an urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powel House, built-in 1765 and elaborately refurbished by its second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793) and often described as the "finest Georgian row house in the city". George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were frequent house guests in this grand pile and would attend Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church, and our next port of call.

At each turn on the route, your guide will share stories of the old buildings, the preservation efforts that went into keeping the structure, and the way the city tells its own founding story.

Inclusions:
- Private guide.
- Entrance to Christ Church Burial Grounds.

Exclusions:
- Gratuities, food & drink are not included.
- Transportation.
- Hotel pickup/drop-off.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Architectural Private Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Where is the meeting point for this Colonial Philadelphia walking tour?

You will be meeting your guide at the statue of William Penn in Welcome Park - 129 Sansom Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is the tour?

The Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

What is included in the tour?

The tour includes entrance tickets to the Christ Church Burial Grounds, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for culture vultures and history buffs of all ages. Tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests.

What landmarks will we see on the Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) The historic streets of Philadelphia and the significant stories tucked in each side allies and each landmark (2) The old buildings in Philly that had withstood the test of time. (3) The Independence Hall where Liberty Bell originally stood (4) Jewelers Row which houses architectural sights of what colonial America is known for (5) The Powel House, known at the the finest Georgian row house in the city. Note: The Christ Church Burial Grounds are closed in the winter months and cannot be accessed. Your guide will substitute this for another site on the day of your tour.

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near departure point. Some of which is the Autopark at Olde City, the 43 South 2nd Street Garage, and Parkway. All of these garages charge according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness level as the majority of the Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional).

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group. It will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.