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Benjamin Franklin House

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Address: 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
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+44 20 7839 2006
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10:30 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For...

Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin - scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more - lived behind its doors. The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using his historic rooms as staging for a drama which seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and projection technology.

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the weird period acting doesn't do the place justice

First things first: this is a must-see for any American who visits London. This is a truly significant historical building. Ben Franklin lived here for several years, and it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
erghammer
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was knowledgeable about Ben Franklin going in, and found the presentation interesting, but I was conscious of the grandchildren not being moved by it.There aren't enough chairs as you move from room to room. The performance could be more interactive. So much have been invested in renovation, but a few old artifacts would make the rooms more interesting, and... More 

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Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The house is open for tours only which is unsurprising as there is very little inside. I was very well aware of the fact when I decided to visit, however nothing prepared me for the experience. I arrived just before the tour, so had little time to look around the few exhibits in the basement before the introductory film started.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First things first: this is a must-see for any American who visits London. This is a truly significant historical building. Ben Franklin lived here for several years, and it served essentially as the first embassy of the United States in the United Kingdom (before there even was a United States). The building has undergone remarkably little change since Ben's time,... More 

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is well preserved from a architectural point of view and it is a good experience to be between the walls inhabited by Franklin. His story is told all by a re- enactment actress and some audio-visual presentations. The staff are also very well-meaning. However the premises is devoid of any real content and an opportunity is missed to... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a house near Charing Cross where Benjamin Franklin lived as a lodger. I didn't know anything about him before the visit but realize he was a very important person in the history of the western civilization. The tour was fun and informative. It make you feel you had stepped back in time and was part of his circle.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I teach American literature, so I know Franklin spent a lot of time in London. I was excited to visit the Ben Franklin House, but I came away disappointed. The house has nothing in it except the walls. A re-enactor (the landlady's daughter) takes you from room to room narrating a story about Franklin's time in the home. I didn't... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

The National Trust is missed here. We spent 40 minutes in the dark looking at text on a screen and walls. A presenter, in costume, also spoke and moved us between empty, indistinguishable gloomy rooms. Having been to the wonderful Georgian House in Edinburgh, this pales in comparison. Franklin's life demands much closer scrutiny than what we were given here.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We were quite surprised by this historical experience. Had it not been a part of the London Pass, we probably would have never selected this as a tour spot. You have to reserve a time for the experience, as there is only 12 people per tour. The house is interesting and has been restored, but is pretty bare. The experience... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

You would think that Benjamin Franklin would have a house still standing in the US, but no. In order to see a home he lived in, you have to go to London. I didn't realize he had been so long in London. I only recall he had been in France. The home itself is empty, but that is because they... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We took the tour or 'experience' as the house calls it and really had a memorable time. The house is sparsely furnished, almost empty, because of conservation reasons and because nothing authentic remains of Franklin's own possessions, so the house itself is the star. It's a superbly atmospheric house, claustrophobic at times with shuttered rooms and a strange tilt to... More 

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