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Visitors Guide

Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley, West Chester is a picturesque and historic community that offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan flair. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "one of the world's most perfect small towns." And West Chester has received a multitude of awards and recognitions.

Shopping and Dining
West Chester is your perfect option for spending the day sightseeing and shopping in over 60 boutiques for items you won't see at the mall. There are over 65 award winning restaurants for every taste and budget -- many offer entertainment in the evening making it a great place to wind down after a long day. Enjoy coupon discounts at downtown restaurants and retailers participating in ThinkShopBuy...Local, a program developed by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

The Brandywine TravelerThe Brandywine Traveler
When staying in downtown West Chester, check out highlights of nearby attractions with The Brandywine Traveler. It includes an itinerary for Scenic Route 52 featuring attractions all within a short drive from downtown West Chester. See it online at Fig Brandywine Traveler. FREE print copies available.

Hotel WarnerHotel Warner
Enjoy all there is to see in the Brandywine Valley just minutes away when you stay at the new Hotel Warner. Offering the best in lodging hospitality, the hotel blends the historic 1930 Warner Theatre lobby seamlessly into a newly constructed wing with 80 well-appointed rooms.

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RECOMMENDED ATTRACTIONS
Distances are gauged from The Hotel Warner.

Chester County Historical SocietyChester County Historical Society  WEBSITE
Location: 225 N High St; across the street
Open: Wednesday-Saturday
Venue: Indoor
Visit time: 1-3 hours
Highlights: Get a fascinating glimpse of Brandywine Valley history as you stroll through this well-appointed museum that also features a geneological library, gift shop, and permanent and revolving exhibits. The current exhibit is The 1960’s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and The Media.
Inside tip: Long-term parking located across the street at the Chestnut Street Garage (14 East Chestnut St). Pick up your downtown guide for shopping and restaurant opportunities.

Chester County Art AssociationChester County Art Association  WEBSITE
Location: 100 North Bradford Ave; 0.7 miles, 15 minute walk via Gay Street
Open: Tuesday-Saturday
Venue: Indoor
Visit time: 1-3 hours
Highlights: CCAA exhibits local and regional artists. Workshops and educational events are among the programs that support all artists.
Inside tip: A pleasant walk westward along Gay Street through downtown and the west end neighborhood takes you past Horace Pippin's historical marker located at 327 West Gay Street (now a private residence).

Longwood GardensLongwood Gardens  WEBSITE
Location: 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square PA 19348; 9 miles
Open: Everyday
Venue: Indoor/Outdoor
Visit time: 2-6 hours
Highlights: Experience exquisite Gardens that elevate the art of horticulture. The new Meadow Garden offers three miles of walking trails within native wildflower plantings, learning pavilions, and the historic Webb Farmhouse & Galleries.
Inside tip: Reservations absolutely needed for the seasonal shows, especially during the Christmas season.

ChanticleerChanticleer Gardens  WEBSITE
Location: 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087; 15 miles
Open: Wednesday-Sunday
Venue: Outdoor
Visit time: 2-4 hours
Highlights: Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It's a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, and the gardeners lead the design. It is an experience of pleasure and learning filled with art, ideas, and beauty.
Inside tip: There's no food service but on-site picnicking is allowed.

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See "West Chester, PA: The Center of the Televised Shopping Universe and Other Surprises" by Malerie Yolen-Cohen, HuffingtonPost.com

Insiders Parking Tip
Don't be confused about parking downtown. See Malena's Where to Park in West Chester offering easy tips for parking in an entertaining video. Remember, your best option for worry-free parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details.

Home to West Chester University
WCU Live!Within a few blocks of downtown, West Chester University serves the educational needs to nearly 14,000 students. With roots dating back to 1812, West Chester has evolved into a comprehensive university which excels in teacher education, business, health, natural and social sciences, music and the arts. WCU's performing arts programs are open to the public and many of the events are free.  See the schedule of events for the College of Visual & Performing Arts and the Department of Cultural & Community Affairs. See images of WCU College of Visual & Performing Arts at flickr.com.

There's even more to do in the Brandywine Valley
Relax, slow down, and enjoy the attractions in the Brandywine Valley. Highlights include:

See the Brandywine Valley Tourism website for details.

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Contact Malcolm Johnstone, West Chester BID

Updated March 26, 2015.

 

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