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Elfreth's Alley

Address: 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Ranked #44 of 255 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Owner description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Mission Viejo, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

This little street provides a nice view from outside as yo what the town houses looked like with their different color doors (colors depicting faith of owners). Cobblestone alley...a picturesque insight into past.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's free and doesn't take much time. Very neat to see and stroll down the cobblestone street. If you are a history lover, this is right up your alley. Oldest residential street in the country dating back to the 18th century.

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Miami
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428 reviews 428 reviews
125 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Hubby and I visited here at Christmas, very prettily decorated for the Holiday. We loved walking down the cobblestone street and thinking about it's history. Fortunately we were able to listen to the last few minutes of a guided tour but I am not sure where you pick the guided tour up from. One of the houses had the front... More 

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Medford, New Jersey
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Completely free, quick, and easy! Wonderful old cobblestone "street" with amazing 200+ year old homes. Check out the half-house at the end of the street! We were there at Christmas, so it was decorated beautifully. Twice a year, the homeowners allow tours -- it's well worth checking out the interiors. They are amazing! Spiral staircases, original flooring, interesting historical items.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Many reviewers mentioned that they didn't get much out of this. If you skip the guided tour, it just looks like a street with very old buildings. If you get the guided tour, you'll get the full picture.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

It's a nice Street but I think there are better things to do in Philly. It literally takes two minutes. Maybe check it out of you're jn the area.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The oldest, and quite possibly the most beautiful residential street in the country right in Old City. It is a very photogenic street that is pedestrian only with architecture that will make you feel like you are back in the 1700s. Highly recommend!

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Bakersfield, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were told by the locals to be sure and check it out. It was an absolutely charming neighborhood block that was beyond belief!!! This really made my trip feel complete! Its a little out of the way but so glad we went in search of!!!

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Herndon, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were there in the off season when nothing was open at Elfreth's Alley, but I was determined to find it and walk down the street. It was really cold and a little out of the way, but I wanted my kids to see this little street that is America's oldest residential street, I believe? I just wanted them to... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I totally loved this little street tucked in among the Old City of Philadelphia. Being the oldest continuously-inhabited residential street in America brought me here in the first place, but the fact that people of course still live there, and it hasn't been taken over by tourists made me love it even more. It is a very short street, adorned... More 

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