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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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Oldest residential street in the US

A step back in time, Elfreth's shows you what it was like to live in Philadelphia back in the 1700's. Look for the story telling benches where you can here tales of life back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
MaxMuscolo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A step back in time, Elfreth's shows you what it was like to live in Philadelphia back in the 1700's. Look for the story telling benches where you can here tales of life back then. If you're a photographer, arrive at sunrise, after the rain, or after snow.

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Thank MaxMuscolo
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

was not that big of an attraction and really hard to find. but an amazing piece of history. only if you have time

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Thank Shiba M
Central PA
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73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, I figured I was do some touristy things and visit Elfreth's Alley. I am not sure what I expected, but it seemed to not meet any expectation except the one where I loved to cobblestone and the architecture.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little street to get an idea of how tight things were near the docks back in the 1700's. Most houses are privately owned so you can't go in but there is one that is opened to the public. Only bad point is there is construction going on just down the street right now......

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Lexington, South Carolina
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Any museums in the area are closed during the winter, but this is still a wonderful street to walk along. It is only the one street and lots of construction was going on behind it, but we were glad we found it. Keep going past Christ Church on Second St.

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Thank Nextadventure2014
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's the oldest residential street in the country. That's cool. And the street itself is charming, very like Beacon Hill. But it sits right in the middle of an ugly, crumbling urban area. The juxtaposition is quite jarring.

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Thank Ken L
Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to Philly isn't complete without a visit to the charming Elfreth's Alley. It's great to walk down the streets and experience the history. It's strange to think that people still actually live in this street, so please be respectful when visiting this historical landmark.

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Thank Didge432
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I were out for First Friday in Old City and decided to tour this historic street. It is what I remembered: quaint and interesting. Kind of gives you the feeling of stepping back in time but without any of the kitschy feel you get in some places in Old City.

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Thank RubyPeach
Lawrenceville, PA
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great place to walk through and see a slice of American history and architecture. It was really fun to imagine how people lived in the past. A friend told me about this and I am so glad we added that to our Philadelphia visit.

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Thank Goodwaterwitch
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this piece of American history. Just walking down the street feels like you have gone back in time three hundred years and you can almost hear the bustle and horses' hooves from the 1700s. Make time to visit.

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