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Liberty Bell Center
Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

526 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

The Basics

Visit the Liberty Bell Center to see the bell up close and read its famous inscription, which has been an inspiration to US leaders such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Many Philadelphia city tours include a visit to the center, including walking excursions, Segway tours, small-group driving tours, and hop-on hop-off bus tours. Most excursions also include stops at nearby landmarks such as the National Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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A great experience
unravelingrivers, Mar 2022
Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Walking Tour
I loved learning about some of the less reported stories of Philadelphia history. And Joey was a great guide. He seemed to have a genuine warmth about him, so it was more like taking a stroll through the city with a good friend rather than a paid guide. I would definitely recommend!
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It was amazing to see a...
Amanda_B, Oct 2021
Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Walking Tour
It was amazing to see a different side of history. Rebecca was fun and knowledgeable. We got to see familiar sights while learning something new about each one.
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A real look at the contributions others have made
Krystal_S, Mar 2020
Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Walking Tour
Rebecca is definitely one of my favourite tour guides ever. I love that her and her business partner have created a tour that is outside the box. By that I mean that yes you get the general history of Philly and William Penn BUT...she takes it to another level and focuses on people who have made a significant contribution but are often overlooked - women, people of colour, Native Americans and even I will admit that I knew very little about the contribution that LGBTQ people have made. On the day in question it was just Rebecca and myself but she gave 100% and I came away feeling like I had really learnt something but more importantly as a woman of colour I felt that our struggles, challenges and our strengths were really recognised and I'm grateful that she is one of the few who has taken the time to acknowledge that. I do tours like this in lots of places and even in the south, tours are very "men heavy". Outside of that, Rebecca was chill and we found we had a lot in common about how much we love to travel - as the only person on the tour we found we ended up talking about our personal lives as well as covering things that we are supposed to on the tour which made for a better experience. Due to my limited time in Philly, I missed out on the Badass women tour but I'm planning a trip back to Philly and I will definitely be booking that tour. I like to support the small business and I hope that tours like these continues to grow - book this tour!!!!!!! Thanks Rebecca
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There’s almost always a line to enter the Liberty Bell Center, but you can also view the bell through a window on the western side of the building.

  • Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis at the Independence Visitor Center, and most buildings in the Independence National Historic Park are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • You must pass through security to visit the Liberty Bell Center; bring only small bags to minimize screening time.

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How to Get There

The Liberty Bell Center is part of the Independence National Historical Park, located in Philadelphia’s Old City historic district. The nearest train station is located at 8th and Market streets, and the nearest Metro station is 5th Street Station. Street parking is scarce, but there are paid lots nearby. The PHLASH bus operates seasonally (spring and summer) with stops at 20 locations, including the Independence Visitor Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo.

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When to Get There

You can visit the Liberty Bell Center year-round, although the site is typically packed with visitors during summer and school vacation weeks. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid lines and crowds.

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The Liberty Bell’s Famous Crack

Originally cracked during a test ring in 1752, the bell was fixed, cracked again after almost 100 years of regular use, then fixed again in 1846, prior to the anniversary of George Washington's birthday. The bell seen today is proof that “stop drilling,” the technique used to repair that last crack, worked.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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