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West ChesterUnited States of America

In the heart of the Brandywine Valley, this historic town offers a blend of small-town warmth and cosmopolitan sophistication.

West Chester is home to beautiful 18th- and 19th-century architecture, with over 3,000 buildings dating from before the Revolutionary War. While Greek Revival and Victorian buildings firmly anchor the city to its past, the youthful inhabitants attending West Chester University help to connect it to its future. Explore the charming boutiques and innovative restaurants of the busy downtown area. Visit Brandywine Valley’s excellent wineries.

Stop by Chester County Historical Society, a museum and library dedicated to the county’s history. View the collection of American cross-stitch samplers and the collage of portraits depicting men, women and children from the 1800s.

Try on a hoop skirt or manually churn butter at the hands-on history lab.Tour QVC Studio Park, home of one of the world’s largest electronic retailers. See where the company’s 24-hour broadcasts take place and discover how QVC products are sourced and tested.

Ride on the West Chester Railroad, which runs along a pleasant route between Market Street in West Chester and the village of Glen Mills in Delaware County. The town is also an excellent starting point for exploring the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, with four regional wineries offering tastings and tours.

Take the kids to see the collection of helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center. Two of the major U.S. helicopter manufacturers have their origins in this region of Pennsylvania, making this museum the perfect place to learn about the past and future of rotary winged aircrafts. Investigate the V-22 Osprey exhibit, experience the effects of a wind tunnel and try steering at the interactive helicopter exhibit.

One of the best times of year to visit is during the Chester County Restaurant Festival, which highlights the town’s rich culinary culture. This free event features more than 60 restaurants and food vendors.

West Chester is 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. The town and surrounding region are best explored by car. Plenty of metered street parking and municipal lots are available.

Top Hotels in West Chester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
3 out of 5
943 S High Street, West Chester, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $62 per night

This family-friendly West Chester hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Tee It Up Golf Center. Chester County Historical ...

3.4/5Good! (978 reviews)

"Nice and small close to everything, from food to parks to highway!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West Chester
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West Chester
2.5 out of 5
1310 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA
The price is $92 per night

Situated in West Chester, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Golf Course at Glen Mills, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Brandywine Valley. Brandywine ...

4.1/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

"It was clean and the service staff was very polite. Room is a little outdated but overall is was great for our stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West Chester
Hotel Warner
Hotel Warner
3 out of 5
120 North High Street, West Chester, PA
The price is $98 per night

Located in the heart of West Chester, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chester County Historical Society and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Brandywine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (455 reviews)
Home!

"Hotel Warner is like our home away from home!! We love everything about it from the ideal location to the special treatment we receive on all of our stays!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Hotel Warner

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Wells Fargo Center
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Wells Fargo Center

4.5/5(824 reviews)

Catch an event at Wells Fargo Center during your trip to Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(1,619 reviews)

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Pennsylvania Convention Center

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University of Pennsylvania
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University of Pennsylvania

4.5/5(948 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Pennsylvania, a top college in Philadelphia. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Villanova University
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Villanova University

4/5(354 reviews)

Explore the campus of Villanova University, a top college in Radnor. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Longwood Gardens
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Longwood Gardens

4.5/5(673 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Longwood Gardens, a popular green space in Kennett Square. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in West Chester

One Liberty Observation Deck Admission Tickets
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One Liberty Observation Deck Admission Tickets

$15
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours

$63
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
National Constitution Center Tickets
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National Constitution Center Tickets

$15
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions
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Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

$54
Per adult
Self-Guided Tour of the Betsy Ross House
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Self-Guided Tour of the Betsy Ross House

$5
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Limo
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Limo

$181
Per adult

Reviews of West Chester

4.2

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 15.686274509803921%
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2 - Disappointing 1.4705882352941178%
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1 - Terrible 1.9607843137254901%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Want to go back in the summer or spring. Lovely area and short drive from NYC.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

We loved the thrift shops. some of the best i've been to, and we did a quick look around West Chester University. The restaurants were all great and the town was easy to navigate.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Lovely college town with beautiful architecture and so very many dining options. Very walkable and great shopping.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Very busy traffic area

5/5 - Excellent

Trixiebee

Dec 18, 2019

Great local shopping and dining

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

We enjoyed hiking at Stroud Preserve, exploring the Book Barn and antiquing.

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