Revolution and the Founders: History Tour of Philadelphia

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From $29.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the history and flavors of Philadelphia on a walking tour. Follow your guide to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other noteworthy sights in the Birthplace of Independence. Get to see some of the favorite haunts of the country’s founding fathers and other influential Americans.
  • Get an insider’s understanding of the year 1776
  • See the city’s historical sights in just two hours
  • Enjoy special discounts at local businesses

What's Included

  • Every Guide Has a History Degree
  • Liberty Bell, Franklin; Abundant Sightseeing
  • Admission to Historic Sites
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Grim Philly Twilight Tours
    523 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    We'll meet you directly "outside" the Market Street doors of the Independence Visitor Center, one block to the north of Independence Hall and across the street from The Liberty Bell and President's House in the heart of historic Philadelphia.

End point

  • Merchant Exchange Building
    143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    Tour ends just behind City Tavern and Merchants Exchange where The Continental Congress met every Saturday just aside Alexander Hamilton's Philadelphia home.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Grand daughters first trip to Big Apple
Paul_B, Mar 2023
We really appreciated Viator going out of there way to find us, we were experiencing high traffic and we got to pick up area late. The guide and coordinator kept calling us to see where we were, told us where parking was available. Then found us and we were able to join the tour. We almost gave up. This could only happen in New York City and our tour guide Jim (Vinny from New York))private joke. As the grandpa who organized the trip that was above and beyond customer service. Thank You Viator Tours
Amazing Tour
Kim_M, Mar 2023
Our tour guide, Ted, was amazing. He really knows his stuff. The tour was well put together and very interesting. Highly recommended.
The guide is very...
Paul_H, Mar 2023
The guide is very knowledgeable and entertaining. Passionate in the subject! Made history entertaining for my teenage boys.
The inside stories
Matt_K, Mar 2023
There were about a dozen of us on the tour. Our guide Bill had a little story to tell the group about each of our home states. Then told us many more about the birth of our nation and the persons responsible for it. Bill’s knowledge of historical trivia is unsurpassed. He kept it interesting for the full 2+ hours.
My family and I really...
Aurlie_V, Feb 2023
My family and I really enjoyed the tour! It was our first trip to Philadelphia and the tour was a great overview of important historical sites. My daughter is learning about the American Revolution, so this tour reinforced what she learned and also filled in some gaps thanks to our tour guide, Joseph, who was knowledgeable and answered our questions.
Great Tour Guide, Misleading your description
Jessica_B, Feb 2023
The tour guide was great and we did learn a lot about Philadelphia’s rich history, however the description of the tour is a bit misleading. We were under the impression that the tour included going in to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We were only in town for the day and after two hours on the walking tour we still had to turn around a go back to everything that description of the tour included because we didn’t actually get to see any of that on the tour itself. Given our short time in the city we probably would have opted out of the walking tour had the description been more accurate.
History Fun.
Jacqueline_H, Feb 2023
It was a lovely tour. I enjoyed hearing about history all over again and adding more information to my knowledge. The guide we had made the tour fun. I particularly liked when the guide would quote our founding fathers and use the expressions and tones of voice that was used back in those times. It was like for a split second I was back in the 18th century.
Dig Down
Domenique_C, Feb 2023
We had a fantastic tour guide named Bill. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Having someone who truly knows and loves history walk you through Philly’s historic sites is way better than any self guided tour. Over the course of two-hours, Bill painted a cohesive picture of what historic Philadelphia looked like and explained how pivotal it was in the founding of our country.
Excellent tour!
Maggie_C, Feb 2023
Ted did a fantastic job! We liked the day time tour so much we booked the adults only night tour for the same day. Highly recommend both!
Ted is a knowledgeable,...
Dana_L, Feb 2023
Ted is a knowledgeable, personable guide. He answered questions patiently and thoughtfully. I would recommend Ted as a guide.
Founders Tour
Matthew_F, Jan 2023
Great experience. Toni was amazing. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Learned a lot of things I didn’t know.
The tour was awesome!!!...
Kelly_C, Jan 2023
The tour was awesome!!! Bill is very knowledgeable and such a nice guy!!! Would highly recommend tour
Yellow Fever
Elle_F, Jan 2023
This was THE best tour I’ve ever taken. I take bus tours, boat tours, Segway tours, ghost tours, cavern tours, and walking tours ALL over the world. I give a hoot about history though, but even if you didn’t, our tour guide Ted is going to make you Google a few things for sure about US, French, and England’s history. In 2 hours we learned a lot from our tour guide. It was chilly out and our pace was great around The historical sites like Benjamin Franklin’s homestead and privy that he didnt use because he was Rarely in the colonies. Myself and my 18yr old niece both stayed interested in our guides juicy historical tea. From Martha Washington to Dr. Rush’s methods, without giving too much away, it was the behind the scenes tidbits that made us love this tour. We spent the rest of the day talking about what the catacombs might look like.
Walking tour in winter
Geri_S, Dec 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable and animated. It was very cold. We would have lined at least 1 or 2 inside stops to see some buildings. Esp in winter.
The story of ben...
Bryan_W, Dec 2022
The story of ben Franklin. The Liberty Bell was fascinating also. I wish the Carpenter Hall would’ve been open.
Great tour
Catherine_R, Dec 2022
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Ted was very personable and knowledgeable. The weather was horrible, but Ted did his best to find dry enclaves for us to listen to his narrative of the founding fathers. We learned so much more than we would have by just going to the historic sites on our own. Plus we saw a ton of things we would have walked right by had Ted not pointed out their significance. I am a woman of a certain age. It's been a long time since I took American History. I got so much out of this tour and we had plenty of time to go back to the places we wanted to for further exploration. Highly recommend.
Excellent history tour
Mandy_L, Dec 2022
Toni was an excellent tour guide! Very knowledgeable and fun! The pace and content was lovely, and she gave us inside information about the sites we visited. Highly recommend!
Great Tour!
Katherine_B, Nov 2022
We would give our tour an A+. The tour covered just the right sites, the cost was more than fair, and the customer service was great! The local hot pretzels were a fantastic treat. Our guide, Joe, put together just the right combination of stories, personality, and historical facts. Thank you for a great experience!
A great way to enjoy history!
Charles_F, Nov 2022
Fun and informative. A great way to learn about the history of the Revolution and Philadelphia's part in it!
History is amazing. Good...
Maria_G, Nov 2022
History is amazing. Good explanation. Interesting chat. And thanks for the effort to maintain history alive at this dats