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Philadelphia Destination Guide

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*Note: Returns Summer 2021

Get your holiday off to a perfect start and enjoy close airport parking with short walks to the terminal. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon - no congestion and no hassle guaranteed!

And remember that if you’re travelling to the United States from Shannon, our full US Preclearance facilities means you can undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections before you leave, making your arrival in the US easier and faster.

About seven hours’ flight from Shannon, Philadelphia offers historical landmarks, sites to see, places to be, and areas to wine, dine, and shop. And because Philadelphia is a hub for American Airlines, you can connect to 250+ destinations across the Americas from there.

When you land

The Airport Line rail service, costing €7 brings you downtown in around 25 minutes. 

Exploring Philadelphia

Your first stop should be the Independence Visitors’ Centre, where you’ll meet plenty of experienced local staff who can help you plan your stay.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art ($20), one of the largest and most respected art museums in the States, is a firm favourite, housing works by Dali, Monet, and Turner. It’s also well known for the 72 stone steps leading up to its entrance, which were immortalized in the movie Rocky. 

For something a little bit different, check out the Eastern State Penitentiary, one of America’s oldest and most intimidating former prisons.

Shopping & Eating

Unlike most of the US, Philadelphia has no sales tax on clothing, so what better excuse to splash out on a new wardrobe? Bellevue, Broad, and Walnut Street all offer a great variety of shopping options from high street to high-end.

You just have to try the world-famous Philly Cheese steak – a long crusty roll packed with thinly sliced sautéed beef and topped with melted cheese. And what better place to try it than Pat’s – King of Steaks in the Italian Quarter where its founder, Pat Olivieri, reportedly invented the steak sandwich in 1930.

Getting around

While it’s easy to get around on foot, Philadelphia also has an excellent transit system called SEPTA. For around $11 you can get a One-Day Independence Pass which gives you 24 hours of unlimited use.  Buying a Philadelphia Pass also makes sense when it comes to seeing the sights and a three-day adult pass gets you free admission to over 30 attractions and comes with a guidebook and a detailed map. 

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