Following the Philadelphia Eagles’ historic win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 28th October in front of a record crowd of 85,870, inspired UK fans can to head to the current Superbowl Champions’ home of Philadelphia to experience one of the greatest sporting cities in the world.
Renowned amongst travellers for its cheesesteaks and iconic Liberty Bell, the city of Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast of the U.S. and was the first World Heritage City in the nation, thanks to its historic square mile. Philadelphia is easily accessible from the UK and is home to a wide range of attractions including LOVE Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ‘Rocky’ steps, South Philadelphia’s Sports Complex, plus Reading Terminal Market, which is one of America’s oldest and largest public markets.
Further information on must-dos for first-time visitors to Philadelphia include:
Philadelphia’s Historic Mile
Regarded as the ‘Birthplace of America’, Philadelphia was founded in 1682 and played a vital role in the American Revolution. The city is famous for its Historic Mile, which is home to some of the nation’s most iconic monuments and buildings. Highlights in the area include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Independence Hall, which offers free tours of the halls where Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on 4th July 1776. Visitors should make sure to head across the street from Independence Hall to marvel at the Liberty Bell, which today stands as a symbol of American freedom. For more information on attractions in the Historic Mile, visit www.discoverphl.com/visit/historic-mile/.
Reading Terminal Market
A foodie’s paradise, Reading Terminal Market is one of America’s oldest and largest public markets and this year celebrated its 125th year of opening. Housed in a National Historic Landmark building since 1893, Reading Terminal Market offers a wide variety of delicious food options, including the Philly Cheesesteak at Carmen’s and DiNic’s’ Roast Pork Sandwich, which was crowned the Best Sandwich in America by the TV series ‘Man vs. Food’ in 2013. Visitors to the market can also find fresh produce, seafood, artisanal cheeses, cut flowers, cookbooks and kitchenware. For more information, visit www.readingterminalmarket.org.
The recently renovated LOVE Park, which is officially known as John F. Kennedy Park, offers visitors the perfect opportunity to snap a selfie in front of the iconic centrepiece of the Park, Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue. Just steps away from Philadelphia’s City Hall, the park’s sculpture was first placed in the plaza in 1976 as part of the United States’ Bicentennial celebration of independence. Following a recent renovation, the park now provides visitors with ample green space and a new water feature to enjoy. For more information, visit www.discoverphl.com/listing/?lid=725968.
Philadelphia Museum of Art and “Rocky Steps”
Visitors to Philadelphia can follow in the footsteps of Rocky Balboa by running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 72 steps, which were made famous in Sylvester Stallone’s epic montage. The bottom area of the steps is home to the Rocky Statue, which featured in Rocky III and Rocky V and was eventually donated to the city by Stallone himself. At the top of the steps, travellers can enjoy the amazing view of Philadelphia’s skyline down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which hosted the Eagles’ victory parade following the team’s Super Bowl win earlier this year. Or head inside the museum to marvel at more than 2,000 years of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and architectural settings, including the world’s largest and most important collection of works outside Europe by Marcel Duchamp and an impressive collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi. For more information, visit www.philamuseum.org.
Sports Complex in South Philadelphia
For sports enthusiasts, a first time visit to Philadelphia isn’t complete without a visit to South Philadelphia, the hub of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams. Visitors can attend a game any time of year, with the Phillies baseball team playing at Citizens Bank Park and the Philadelphia Eagles based at Lincoln Financial Field. Ice hockey fans can spectate the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, which is also home to the city’s basketball team, the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2019, the new Museum of Sport will open in the neighbourhood, inviting visitors to learn more about the history of some of the most recognisable sports brands in the United States. Until then, XFINITY Live! is the ultimate sports-lover destination, offering live screenings of games and multiple dining and entertainment venues right in the centre of the sports complex. For more information, visit www.discoverphl.com/phlsports.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,
Photo Captions (From Left to Right):
Image 1: Philadelphia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Independence Hall. Image courtesy of Paul Loftland for PHLCVB.
Image 2: LOVE Park is home to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue. Image courtesy of Edward Savaria Jr. for PHLCVB.
Image 3: Philadelphia’s skyline from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Kyle Huff for PHLCVB.
For Further Press Information, please contact:
Greg Evans – Philadelphia UK Office
Tel: 07768 341790 / 01633 480 754
Sarah Salord – GEC PR
Tel: 07971 559942
About Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), www.discoverPHL.com, a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Centre. The PHLCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has divisions dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets.