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Review of City Hall

City Hall
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located at the exact geographical center of Philadelphia, City Hall is perhaps the nation’s largest and most elaborate seat of municipal government, topped by the famous statue of William Penn. Located in the building's East Portal in Room 121, the City Hall Visitor Center provides the opportunity for visitors to experience this architectural treasure. Tickets for interior and tower tours are available here, as well as tickets to other city attractions, and visitor essentials including maps, brochures, souvenirs and trip itineraries.
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We already had a full day planned, and had frankly not considered that City Hall would have tours (NYC's City Hall is buttoned up lie a fortress). We only got to see the exterior, but this is a beautiful building, and we will be adding an interior tour on our next visit. As it was, the exterior view is worth the stop if you can't go in. After all, there is no fee for an outside view.

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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Tickets are sold at the foot of city hall building, at the entrance on Market St, going from west to east. The tickets office is on ground floor on the right hand side.
The elevator that takes you to the top of the tower can take 4 persons only and the time you can be on the tower top is limited to 8 minutes, so upon buying the tickets you get a certain time and you must be there on time, even few minutes before.
The entrance to the tour is from Market St as well, but in a different place.
You take 2 consequent elevators, but there are stairs between them, so persons that cannot use stairs - PAY ATTENTION before buying tickets !
The views from the tower top are beautiful.
It's 6$ per person, no AAA discount.
They could have simplified the explanations about how to get to the tour entrance by painting signs on the pavement from the tickets office to the tour entrance, and they could have enlarge the sign of the tickets office.
The information regarding the stairs must be given and must be clear, it's basic honesty.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Take the tour here. This is a very interesting structure still in use by the city of Philadelphia. It is the oldest continuously operated city center in the country.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

If you are in the area on a weekday, it is worth your time and money to take the elevator to the top of the tower. Stop by early to get a timed ticket (every 15 minutes) for later in the day. We were lucky enough to walk in at 11:15 and get a ticket for 11:30. You take an elevator to the 7th floor, then an escalator to the 9th, where there is a small visitors gallery to enjoy while you wait for your turn. From here there is a very small elevator (with an operator) that holds only 4 people. Once you reach the top you get about 10 minutes to enjoy the observation deck. You can see the entire city from all directions. Very cool. We happened to visit on a rainy day and our views were somewhat obscured by the fog, but it was still very cool to see the layout of the city as planned by William Penn. The gentleman operating the elevator was not even remotely friendly and barely spoke to us aside from asking if we had any fear of heights or claustrophobia. It does feel like a very long way up in a very small elevator.

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Reviewed 20 October 2013

I was actually looking for two places in City Hall-one for Veterans Affairs office and the other for vital records. No trouble navigating from the time I walked in with the help of the desk clerk to the rooms I needed visiting. Excellent helpful staff finding what I needed. Very clean inside. And very proud this building is in Philadelphia. Beautiful architecture-inside and out. Tourists must visit. Great transportation at your convenience to other places also from City Hall or a walk down Market Street is at hand.

Thank shein592
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