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Downtown Franklin

Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
615-591-8500
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Ranked #6 of 24 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a... more » Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a day browsing antique shops and boutiques and dining at one of its many ecelctic restaurants. Downtown Franklin offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries and clothing boutiques. Franklin hosts several festivals each year. « less
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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We walked all over downtown Franklin it is a beautiful historic town. With great restaurants and bars.

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Yulee, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We had anticipated our stop in Franklin, Tennessee for days, only to find that the nice, quaint buildings of the neat downtown were occupied mostly by 'brand name' establishments. To be sure, there are some local businesses as well, but most restaurants were of the chain variety. There is a nice selection of antique stores, and these were mostly off... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Great historical town. Lots of interesting buildings. Four hours free parking in the main street! Individual shops and lots of eateries. Plenty of seats in the shade of mature trees.

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Madison, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Great historic area. Neat shops with friendly people. Loads of restaurants and fun spots to grab a snack or drink. My only complaint would be about the traffic. Some of the folks driving through were speeding and reckless.

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Downtown Franklin is just wonderful, very quaint & easy to get round. It was lovely to have a quick look around, as I had limited timeframe. Definitely worth a visit if you have the time.

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Suwanee, Georgia, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We enjoyed walking around downtown Franklin during our recent visit. Plenty of little shops to stroll through and many choices of restaurants.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

I love downtown Franklin. It's always friendly. I have gone with my family so many times I can't count. My boys love running down the sidewalks and looking unto the windows.

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Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great shops to see and visit, but the city needs to solve their ever increase traffic sprawl going through the middle of town.

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Seaham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We went at Christmas time, the town was nicely decorated. We went on a trip called the Holly Trolly which was on an evening, it took you on a little bus around the town and neighbouring towns to see the best of the local peoples home christmas lights and there are some amazing ones that put the Grizwolds to shame!... More

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Mebane, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is a small, Southern town that has been able to make the transition, as many other Southern towns have; from the old to the new. Many shops and restaurants maintain the 'old look', while updating modern conveniences. Shop owners were very friendly, and asked questions about where we were from, what we were in Franklin to do, even someone... More

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