Peddler’s Village in Lahaska Has Many Quaint Shops and Events
Peddler's Village, located in Lahaska, Bucks County, is a great place to visit in suburban Philadelphia. About an hour north of Center City, but significantly closer to other Philadelphia suburbs, we've spent many fun-filled days there over the years.
Peddler's Village was created in 1964, in what was then rural Bucks County - the northern suburbs of Philadelphia.
The goal was to create the ambience of a rural village in Britain, beautifully landscaped, and the opportunity to feel like you've traveled back in time, to a simpler era. Its taverns and restaurants all have the Old English theme, there is an iconic waterwheel in the center of Peddler's Village - reminiscent of how a rural village would harness water power to grind its bread. The merchants are all located on meandering foot paths, foot bridges, and you can have a great time just browsing through their various and sundry wares.
Peddler's Village is Particularly Enjoyable in Fall and the Holiday Season
The trees are adorned with lights, glowing through the dark, and increasingly chilly air, and the atmosphere for a visitor is superb. It's a unique experience in the Philadelphia region.
In addition, the most popular Peddler's Village events take place in the fall and winter: the Scarecrow Competition, the Trick or Treat Weekend, the Gingerbread House Competition, and the Grand Illumination in mid-November, when Santa himself makes an appearance to flick on the lights.
Driving Directions For Traveling to Peddler's Village From Center City Philadelphia
Unfortunately, if you want to visit Peddler's Village, you'll need a car, as there is no SEPTA service of any kind.
There's more than one way to get there, given its location near many major roads. But this is the best way to get there from Center City Philadelphia - this trip will take about an hour or so. (Note that this isn't the best way to get there from the northern or western suburbs - we just haven't gotten to writing down the best directions from that area, yet. This set of directions is strictly from downtown Philadelphia.)
Head North on I-95, from Center City, until you reach Exit 49, for Newtown. Make a left on to PA Route 332 West. When you arrive in Newtown, pick up PA Route 413 North. While you're in Buckingham, make a right turn onto Route 202/263 North. You'll travel for about three miles, and you'll reach the top of a hill. Bear left at the fork, onto PA Route 263, and that will take you to Peddler's Village.
Our Most Highly Recommended Places in Peddler's VillageFood and Drink
Hart's Tavern offers great, regular American cuisine at reasonable prices, and lots of dark wood paneling for atmosphere.
The Town Crier Bakery - If you're in an old English village, getting something fresh from the bakery is the way to go.
Skip's Candy Store - For both the young and young-at-heart, this two-story Candy Store has both the latest confections, high-end chocolate, as well as retro-candies from yesteryear. It sells all sorts of fudge, but during the autumn, we recommend its pumpkin-pie fudge (yes, there really is such a thing, and it's outstanding).
The Nut House - All the nuts you could possibly want.The Shops
Canterbury Tales Forever Book Shoppe - We're big-time book aficionados, and it's great to have a bookstore tucked into a small corner of Peddler's Village.
The Fun Place - great, unique toys and games, not just for children, but adults as well. The selection of novelty and highly creative board games for adults, is unmatched anywhere.
Hello, Sports Fans! - Since we're great enthusiasts of sports, it's one of the best places for merchandise for your team.
The Den - The perfect store, as it stocks great history books, elaborate, novelty neckties, clothes, collectibles and games.
The Celtic Rose - If you want something from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and/or Britain, this is the place to go. Irish merchandise dominates the shop, with beautiful framed art, Irish-themed books, Irish food and coffee, Aran sweaters, Irish coats-of-arms research, Claddaghs - you name it, it's there.
The Paper Chase - If you're looking for journals, planners, and especially calendars, this is a good choice.
Turn Me Loose - 20th-century pop-culture memorabilia.
For More Information on Peddler's Village
You can call these two numbers:
215.794.4051 - This is the Hospitality Desk at the Cock 'N' Bull Restaurant, one of the fine dining options at Peddler's Village. In addition to making reservations, it also serves as Visitor Information for the entire village.
215.794.4000 - For Peddlers' Village Festival Information.
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