30th March 2021 Safer Travel


As the origin of the writing of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of the modern United States. With its historical landmarks such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famously shown in the hit 1976 icon “Rocky”, history and their distinct Philly cheesesteak to die for, Philadelphia is a must-see city for any tourist.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
33rd Floor
1818 Market Street
PA 19103
(215) 557 7665
Sunset over Philadelphia buildings


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Language: English
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Country Code: USA
  • Travel Visa: ESTA
  • Population: 5,717,000

Risk Level

Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 35%
Pickpickets 35%
Mugging 40%
Common Crimes 30%

Travellers Tips

Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.


For the Emergency services just dial 911 from any phone.

Tourist Offices

Visit Philadelphia: +1 215-599-0776

Discover Philadelphia: 215-636-3300

Travelling Around



Train Stations

30th Street Station: +1 800-872-7245

Suburban Station: +1 215-580-7800

Philadelphia Safety

  • What’s the weather like in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphia has an average summer temperature of 25°C and an average winter temperature of 5°C.

    Philadelphia can be either very humid, or very cold. Play close attention to the weather reports before you go and pack accordingly.

  • Are there any unsafe areas?

    Generally, Philadelphia is a safe place to live if you make sure to avoid dangerous neighbourhoods. People intending to move to the city must be cautious about where they stay. Some areas of caution are Tioga-Nicetown, Hunting Park and Strawberry Mansion.

  • What are some tips for staying safe?

    If you’re going to explore Philadelphia during the night, make sure to stick to well-lit, populated, policed areas as areas outside of the main tourist attractions of Philadelphia are not the safest and could pose a risk if not careful.

    Ensure that your personal belongings are always safe on you, as pickpocketing is not that frequent, it still happens, make sure your phone, wallet and other personal items are close to you all the time.

    Familiarise yourself with the city in advance, make a map or a plan of action for your time there to get the full experience of Philadelphia. Make sure to immerse yourself in the Philadelphia experience but be mindful of your surroundings and belongings

  • Where can I keep up with local news?

Annual Events

Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Philadelphia Events

Philly Beer Week

This festival gives you the chance to try locally-made brews and participate in beer tours, prix fixe beer-pairing dinners, pub crawls and hundreds of events in restaurants and bars across America’s best beer drinking city.

Wawa Welcome America

Celebrate America’s independence with a week-long festival featuring seven days of family-friendly fun, free concerts with world-renowned entertainers, spectacular fireworks and a patriotic parade traveling past America’s most historic sites.


Celebrates “National Coming Out Day” with the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood.

Made In America

An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring 60 artists on three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Philadelphia Highlights

  • Are there any great walks nearby?

    Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail – a 14.8 kilometre heavily trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

  • What are some good eating spots?

    The Victor Café – The Victor Café on 1303 Dickinson Street is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones to create classic Italian dishes alongside unforgettable live music.

    Ocean Prime –  located in Center City at the intersection of 15th and Sansom Streets, Ocean Prime Philadelphia delivers the perfect choice for cocktails or an indulgent dinner with Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honoured wine list

  • Where can I get a drink?

    Writer’s Block Rehab – the wordsmith-inspired cocktail lounge on 1342 Cypress St offers bar seating on the first and third levels, and a second floor “library” for a more comfortable, lounge-type experience. The menu boasts an impressive selection of wine and beer, and creative cocktails like a turmeric pisco sour ($14) and arugula martini ($14).

    The Franklin Bar  – this subterranean Rittenhouse speakeasy feels like the fanciest neighbourhood bar—just with seriously inventive drinks. Candlelit tables, corner booths and low ceilings make for a cosy atmosphere that’ll have you ordering many-a round. But be forewarned: these delicious cocktails are very boozy.

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