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Address: 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now...
America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Great stop in Philly

I was told to make a stop here, and I wasn't disappointed. It was after hours for the museum, but well worth the walk over. Beautiful little piece of history preserved.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was told to make a stop here, and I wasn't disappointed. It was after hours for the museum, but well worth the walk over. Beautiful little piece of history preserved.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It was very nice to see this Alley, it showed us a piece of history. We went here as part of a tour, so we got to learn a bit more about it. Whereas if you went here by yourself, you wouldn't really get that extra information. Definitely swing by if you have the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A treasured piece of American history and must see on your visit to Philadelphia. One small piece of Philadelphia that has been preserved (mostly as is.)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I live in Philadelphia and feel special every single time I walk down Elfreth's Alley. What is even more interesting is the tour of the museum house. It's a great history lesson about the working class Philadelphian in the 18th and 19th centuries. Do yourself a favor and take the tour of the house if you visit on a weekend.

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Oh sure, this is not a destination spot where you drive hundreds of miles to see the "Alley". Assuming you are visiting Philadelphia Old City and you didn't want to do it all on top of a Big Bus, be sure to take a lovely stroll down here. Oldest homes in the nation, 300+ years of history. These are beautiful... More 

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Clinton, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

If you are at the Betsy Ross house, it's not far but otherwise don't walk all the way across the city. The homes are nice but all private so can't see inside, unless you were lucky with an open house on a Sunday like we were.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A narrow street (more like an alley in today's terms) divides to historic rows of row houses. Many are on the historic register, not having been altered externally for three centuries. One of the homes offers narration on the block for a small fee that goes to preservation. The Big Bus Company offers a walking tour that gives an excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is just one block of houses, so if you are not into history, architecture or any of that, don't bother. I love all that stuff, so this was heaven for me. Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continually inhabited street in Philly, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The houses are quaint and all in keeping with... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Just catch a glimpse from the top of a double decker bus. Don't bother to walk to this. Only one building is open to the public, a museum of some kind, and it was closed in April.

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Suffolk NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Oldest street / Alley in the city... That's just what it is .. Cute walk down the alley and back, but just think of how many others have walked the same walk .

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