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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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12:00 pm - 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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Cute walk

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 .

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Suffolk NY
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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San Dimas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This quaint little piece of Americana gives you the impression that any minute one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence will step out of these homes & greet you. It's just a short block of row houses but worth the walk over from the Independence Hall visitor's center!

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a lovely small street of early 18th century houses, said to be the oldest continuously inhabited street in the US. Well wroth a detour from a walk around the historic centre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Really great to see such a beautiful little old style street in the middle of this huge city. It takes about 5 minutes to walk up and down the street but well worth the visit. Really gives you that old time feel of how it must have been back in the day.

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Macduff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Off the beat and track from the main tourist areas of Liberty bell and independence hall,this quirky little street with house either side is just like going back in time,it's just like some of the streets you find back in the United kindom. This is the oldest still lived in street in America and leads to Bladen's court and it... More 

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Montevideo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The oldest street where people still live according to our tour guide. It's a beautiful place even though it's not well-known! Looks like an awesome place to live, and the houses are very well-kept.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

This small historic street doesn't appear touristy and is still a viable city lane. Imagine yourself walking this area over two centuries ago . . . Talk about getting immersed in history!

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Elfreth's Alley is purported to be "Our nation's oldest residential street," dating to 1702. It is somewhat out of the way by foot from the Independence area sights but very viable anyway. ( Not sure how this relates to St. Augustine, FL – maybe there is no residential area that has been continuous there?) Never-the-less worth a stroll to the... More 

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Castle Hayne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Very cool, kind of out of the way but really neat to stroll through. If you're interested in the way old homes were built, the huge bolts that run through them down to the emblems on the front, give it a go. It was certainly a close-knit community.

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