Old City & Society Hill Walking Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

The Best Philadelphia Walking Tour

Beginning at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest, continuously occupied residential street in the United States, this tour winds its way through Old City, visiting Christ Church, the Franklin Ghost House and the buildings on Independence Mall. As we head towards Washington Square we will see examples Greek and Egyptian Revival, and Italianate styles. Heading into Society Hill we will explore styles from Georgian and Federal all the way to Modern building styles and even sites under construction.


We will visit a number of notable properties during the Old City / Society Hill walking tour. We will see buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682, up to buildings currently under construction. Georgian, Federal, and many Revival styles will be seen along the way.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Benches located just East of Second Street on south side of Race Street

End location: Tour ends on 3rd Street, just North of Chestnut Street

Duration: 3 hours



What’s Included

3 hours guided tour with me as your personal tour guide.
I provide water and have handouts for use during the tour only.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - While there are no extra costs as part of the tour, you may wish to purchase snacks or souvenirs along the way.

What’s Extra

Our private tour will be outside, so there are no entrance fees or extra costs. We do pass many street vendors so you may wish to purchase snacks or additional drinks.


As most tours are 3 hours of walking, be prepared with a good set of comfortable shoes.

A Recent Review of this tour

Reid wove together the history, the times, the architecture, the way of life, and humor to create a very informative, interesting, and fun tour. I have been on other tours of Old City in the past and this is the best.
Deborah Kearney

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