Manila City Hall | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

Manila City Hall Manila City Hall
Built in 1939 by Antonio Toledo, its edifices consists of an oddly-shaped grounds, a hexagonal tower, and a three-faced red clock. The Manila City Hall, however, received a fair share of mixed feelings about its floor plans, many thought that its entrances were not enough. Just like any other building, it crumbled down amidst the 1945 Battle of Manila. After it was reconstructed, many took notice of its coffin-like shape. Some say it took the eerie shape of a coffin as a homage to the lives lost due to the war. Today, it is one of the most iconic places in Manila, especially its massive clock tower standing at nearly 100 feet in elevation.
Open: Opens 8 AM Closes 5PM (Mondays-Fridays)
Address: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila
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Nearby attractions

Andres Bonifacio Monument
0.13 km away

Located beside the Manila City Hall, the enormous Andres Bonifacio Monument stands as a commemoration for the ‘Ama ng Katipunan’. The monument depicts the life of the founder of Katipunan, with the center of it all is a war-faced Andres bearing his signature bolo, ready to battle. It also bears the Philippine flag, several faces of the KKK flag, Katipuneros shouting in battle, and several depictions about the life of the hero.

Revellin de Recoletos
0.26 km away

Built in 1781 as an added fortification on the eastern side of the wall, the Revellin de Recoletos was named after the Recoletos church near it. It was also known as  Revellin de Dilao.In the 1940s, the revellin closed its entrance when it was converted into a garden, named Aurora Gardens after the wife of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. Just like every other building in Manila, it suffered the wrath of the 1945 Battle of Manila where it was reduced to rubble. It was last restored in 1986. Today, it is the headquarters of a non-profit, non-government organization that addresses unemployment among the indigent youth, the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. This foundation takes in scholars and teaches them how to properly restore and conserve cultural heritage properties and practices.

Baluarte de Dilao
0.26 km away

Another fortification built by the Spaniards in 1592, San Francisco de Dilao or Baluarte de Dilao was named after the Japanese suburbs that it was facing across Intramuros. It was enlarged in 1662 but it succumbed to the wars it faced.The current Baluarte de Dilao was the 1984 restored version, it was more spacious than the previous ones with the added space for Plaza de Dilao. Plaza de Dilao stands as a commemorative place for the lives lost during the bloody World War II.

Things to do nearby

National Museum Tour

  • Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
  • Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of  Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
  • See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
  • Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.53 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

White Knight Electric Chariot Intramuros Day Tour

  • Ride from one historical monument to another on the Electric Chariot with your knowledgeable tour guide for 1-hour.
  • See the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, and other old Manila highlights!
  • Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in this unique Old Manila tour with your friends or family!

Where to stay

The Bayleaf Intramuros
Hotels and homes
0.28 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros

White Knight Hotel Intramuros located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of Intramuros Manila. It is nearby the historic Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics, the century old famous wedding area of San Agustin Church, the outdoor recreational area of Rizal Park boasting an 18-hole golf area, the showcase of golden artifacts at San Agustin Museum and the site of torture chambers and dungeons of Fort Santiago.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros has a total of 29 rooms. The hotel offers you attractive and comfortable rooms which include 4 types mainly the Deluxe, Standard, Suite and Executive Rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, personal wardrobe, desk, telephone and free WIFI internet access. In addition, rooms come with all the modern equipments to bring the convenience and safety for guests, such as flat screen TV sets, air conditioners, menu tour, refrigerators and the other necessaries

Manila Prince Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.84 km away

A city hotel situated in the heart of Manila’s business district where we offer value for money and stylish comfort in our 300 well-appointed rooms. Strategically located in close proximity to Manila’s historical tourist spots, as well as, to main transportation hubs, such as, Light Rail Transit (LRT 1), buses, and the Philippines’ popular local ride, jeepneys. The hotel is a convenient walking distance to malls, amusement centers, museums, theme parks, historic The Manila Hotel, and the Philippines’ kilometer zero, Luneta Park. These and more, make Manila Prince Hotel, a top choice among leisure and business travelers.Manila Prince by The Manila Hotel aims to provide exceptional customer service to all guests. Our goal is to be the preferred hotel choice of the most discriminating guests. At Manila Prince Hotel, our guests are our top priority, providing excellent and luxurious hospitality service, from the heart.Be an unforgettable host when you hold small or big events in Manila. Choose from a wide range of spacious and well-equipped venues, to suit your needs.The hotel’s outdoor pool offers utmost enjoyment for in-house guests.For guests’ business needs, the 24-hour business centre located at the lobby level, is fully-equipped, including Wi-Fi, to ensure guests a most efficient and seamless service.Manila Prince Hotel extends its warm welcome, that embodies the Filipinos’ heart and soul.The Manila Prince Hotel is connected to UN Square.

Getting there and around

Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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