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A Guide to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

How to experience two of the region's most iconic attractions...

Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead.

Historic sites abound throughout Greater Philadelphia, but there are few more iconic than Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Liberty Bell.

These two Philadelphia stalwarts — some of the most popular attractions in the city, and some of the most famous historic sites in the country — make for must-visits whether it’s your first or 50th time in the city. (Bonus: They’re both free to visit.)

Getting to see the Bell and the Hall does require some planning:

  • Visitors must reserve tickets online or by phone in advance for tours of Independence Hall.
  • No tickets are currently required at the Liberty Bell, but visitors may need to wait in a long line depending on the season.

Masks are optional inside all buildings in Independence National Historical Park. As health and safety guidelines continue to evolve, be sure to look for the latest information about visitor safety on the National Park Service website.

The Bell and the Hall are just the beginning of an exploration of Greater Philadelphia’s deep roster of must-see museums and attractions, verdant parks and green spaces, acclaimed food and drink scene and more. Make it an overnight stay to complete the perfect discovery or rediscovery of one of the best destinations in the world.

Read on for our guide on how to experience Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

Note: This page was last updated on March 10, 2022.

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