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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
As featured in 3 Days in Philadelphia
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Address: 126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
Phone Number:
+1 215-574-0560
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated...

America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Fun little walkthrough

This is a bit out of the way. Worth a walk, if you wish to see how people lived in Colonial times. Notice the historical markers and the fire company membership markers. This is... read more

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Muriel M
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Healdsburg, CA
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

One block long...and not much to see. Architecturally interesting...maybe, but there are many other more interesting things to see in Philly. If you're nearby, fine, but don't make a special trip.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a bit out of the way. Worth a walk, if you wish to see how people lived in Colonial times. Notice the historical markers and the fire company membership markers. This is how homes were marked to prove that they had paid their membership fee to the Fire Companies. Benjamin Franklin introduced the first fire company to Philadelphia.... More 

Thank Muriel M
Fairfax County, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to stop to see some well preserved homes from the 18th/19th century. There isn't much to do here so don't budge a ton of time in this area but it is a great place to check out at least once. Very scenic

Thank kyurinich
Fort Lauderdale
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can go here and shut your eyes and envision the horse drawn buggies on this road - a must visit when in Philly. It is a quick stop so you don't need much time there.

Thank Warren G
Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I made a point of walking this alley after dinner. It was interesting and well kempt. There were historical markers on all homes and a tourist sign leading into street with a nice overview of its history. After 5:00 the small museum is closed. It's a quick 5 minute walk close to Christ's Cathedral.

Thank Jane V
Alpena, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The alley and the Franklin museum give one a great deal of interesting information about the Franklin family. The exhibits that highlight Ben Franklin's inventions are great. He was a prolific inventor--curios and talented.

Thank Ellen E
Hammond, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a neat 5-10 minute area to stroll and get a glimpse of life long ago. The houses are quaint. There was a bunch of road construction when we visited, which detracted from the atmosphere.

Thank mbtitus11
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You won't need to spend a ton of time here, but I would still consider it a must see while in Philly. The oldest residential street in the US, Elfreth's Alley is strikingly beautiful, with vibrant colours and a rich history. It is a very short alley way and I had expected it to be longer.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to stumble across this place while looking for a restaurant. Pretty cute but I wouldn't go out of your way to see!

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened to stumble upon Elfreths Alley, best random sight we have seen. The history behind it is very cool and to know it is still occupied by residents is pretty amazing. It is a very charming quaint site to be seen in Philly!! Great for picture taking and neat to see such a historic part of history.

1 Thank roadtripgirl84

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