City hall building is a beautiful centre point in Philadelphia, even with ongoing renovation work around it. You can wander the various courts and entrances - look out for the foundation stone and for a copy of Penn's prayer for the city he founded on the walls.
But the highlight was definitely the tour to the top. Tickets are from the information centre downstairs, available Monday-Friday 9-5 and spots are timed and limited as the elevator to the top is tiny (we had 3 visitors plus the operator and would have struggled to squeeze anyone else in).
Getting up is a little complicated, but just ask the guards sitting around and they will direct - you take one elevator to the seventh floor, then escalators to the ninth. There are some displays here which are worth reading to understand the story of the building and its role in the city. You should be there at least 15 minutes before the time of your ticket.
The views of the city from the top of the tour are great although great photos are a little difficult as it is inside and the windows weren't totally clean. The giant statue of Penn is directly above your head. We were given about 10 minutes at the top to look around which is not bad - it's quite small so extra time would only be used for reflecting, there is plenty of time to see the view from all sides.
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