Elfreth's Alley
Elfreth's Alley
4.5
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Address
Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 2nd St • 5 min walk
  • 5th St • 8 min walk
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  • Connie C
    Dallas, Texas806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stroll through history.
    Museum wasn’t open however the street was! Lovely houses, some still lived in! Some of the flags are in need of being replaced, maybe it’s time for a fund raiser! Glad we walked it to see what it was like back in the day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you are in the area
    We were told about this place by a resident who happened to be at our bus stop earlier in the day. It’s worth a wander if you are in the area. It’s hard for us to be too enthusiastic about a street and housing that is historical in the USA but is slightly part of the norm back home. Notwithstanding I applaud the residents who have ensured this area is preserved to retain its historical significance
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Love222trav
    125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick and unique!
    Worth a quick stop. Very neat place and people do actually live there. It felt surreal when a man walked out of his house while we were admiring it, does not take long at all and this is free. Ver close to Betsy Ross’s house and grave and Benjamin Franklin’s grave.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 March 2024
  • packedandready2go
    974 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile stop for story buffs.
    The oldest residential street in the United States is worth a visit for those interested in history. It gives you a good idea of how people lived in the early 1700s. It helps to have a guide or at least a good guide book during your visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts721 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic examples of early American row houses near Independence Mall
    Elfreth's Alley has some classic examples of early American row houses (continuously occupied since ~1730) near the main Independence Mall and all the historic museums. Walking past the homes is a nice experience, particularly if you were already in the area (Betsy Ross' home is ~1 block away). Note if you visit on a weekend, the one home that's restored as a Museum is also open for visitor.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Jaskel08
    California346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing historic neighborhood
    This short narrow street is a small neighborhood that has been preserved as it was back in the 1700’s. The homes were built between the early 1700’s to early 1800’s….. making it the old exisiting residential street in the US. Interestingly enough, all the homes are occupied by actual residents. You will only end up spending about 15-20 minutes here, but it is very much worth checking it out and view how Philadelphians lived up to 300 years ago.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2024
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Don't miss this historical section of the City of Philadelphia with its small historical homes and unusual architecture. It is interesting to see that this still stands after almost four hundred years.

The museum was very interesting and it was nice to see how the street was used for day to day functions of the trade class. It shows how the families did their business and lived their lives under one room. I was not sure how with all those kids.

It is an interesting tour that should not be missed.
Written 21 June 2021
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paulfinnerty
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a rare opportunity to travel back in time. Be ready to reset your mind and let your thoughts run free about what this street and it’s cobbled road has witnessed over the years. It is a living snapshot of a time gone by, but please reset the current residents privacy.
Written 30 January 2020
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
To walk and look down this alley is definitely something to do. Even though it is just an alley, the architecture is amazing. To think that you are walking were your ancestors may have walked is a thought to let sink in. It is a well preserved piece of history. Just a little creepy that people actually live there now so you are on peoples Ring cameras being recorded.
Written 6 September 2022
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Jaskel08
California346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
This short narrow street is a small neighborhood that has been preserved as it was back in the 1700’s. The homes were built between the early 1700’s to early 1800’s….. making it the old exisiting residential street in the US. Interestingly enough, all the homes are occupied by actual residents. You will only end up spending about 15-20 minutes here, but it is very much worth checking it out and view how Philadelphians lived up to 300 years ago.
Written 27 June 2024
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Elfreth's Alley has some classic examples of early American row houses (continuously occupied since ~1730) near the main Independence Mall and all the historic museums. Walking past the homes is a nice experience, particularly if you were already in the area (Betsy Ross' home is ~1 block away). Note if you visit on a weekend, the one home that's restored as a Museum is also open for visitor.
Written 24 April 2024
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kihyland
Pasadena, TX526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
Elfreth's Alley isn't the easiest street to find, but we were lucky enough to happen upon it walking around Old Town. It is the oldest residential street in the USA, and the people living there are such good sports. Several were out watering plants or walking pets, and they just nodded and waved at all of us gawking at their houses. It's hard to imagine that this street represents what Philly looked like so long ago.
Written 1 January 2020
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packedandready2go
California974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The oldest residential street in the United States is worth a visit for those interested in history. It gives you a good idea of how people lived in the early 1700s. It helps to have a guide or at least a good guide book during your visit.
Written 19 April 2024
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akat411
San Francisco, CA251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
We walked over here from the Betsy Ross house. It's a neat alley for sure. Some picturesque buildings - the museum wasn't open when we were there so I don't feel we got a lot of the historical significance of the alley. Hard to believe people actually currently live in the buildings! It was hot and sunny when we went - not much shade so be prepared if planning to stay a while.
Written 27 June 2022
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were told about this place by a resident who happened to be at our bus stop earlier in the day. It’s worth a wander if you are in the area. It’s hard for us to be too enthusiastic about a street and housing that is historical in the USA but is slightly part of the norm back home.
Notwithstanding I applaud the residents who have ensured this area is preserved to retain its historical significance
Written 25 September 2023
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Queenstravelbuff
New York City, NY16,473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Elfreth's Alley is a street in Philadelphia that dates back from the early 1700's. Its very picturesque and worthwhile to visit, bring your camera, very instagramable. Its not far from the Liberty Bell area so you can walk it from there.its near everyone

Dont miss on your next trip to Philly
Written 2 June 2021
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