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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
1329 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020
The Liberty Bell at Bensalem
Category: Activities
Distance from hotel: 14.30 miles
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Freedom Rings at The Historic Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

America's most symbolic icon of freedom, the Liberty Bell got its name during the Civil War. The old State House Bell became a herald of liberty in the 19th century and provided a rally cry for abolitionists wishing to end slavery. Interpreted differently over the years, the enduring message still rings true: the right to freedom in every individual's life. Visit the Liberty Bell Center in historic Philadelphia and gaze upon the cracked bell and see fascinating exhibits and films. Head out to explore Independence Hall, formerly the Pennsylvania State House, where the old bell rang before it was moved.


Hours -

Liberty Bell Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may be extended during the summer.

Prices -

Admission is free.


  • Ranger Programs
  • Living History Tour
  • Tippler's Colonial Pub-crawl


  • Take photographs
  • Video presentation
  • Field trips
  • Podcast tour
  • Cell phone audio tour
  • Shop the bookstore


The Liberty Bell was originally cast in 1751 by the Whitechapel Foundry in London to be used to call lawmakers to order. When that bell cracked on its first test ring, it was melted down and cast anew by Philadelphia metalworkers John Pass and John Stow. How it got its famous crack of today is not clear. Some stories hold that it was cracked during the visit of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Another story states that is was fractured later that year, while ringing to signal a fire. Probably the most popular legend is that the bell cracked during the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835.

While the bell does not physically ring today, the message of liberty and freedom still rings true. Even though for many years the bell was struck with a mallet to recreate the tolling sound, the actual clapper has been immobilized since 1915. To preserve the Liberty Bell, it is no longer struck with a mallet or anything else.

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