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Elfreth's Alley

124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #39 of 275 attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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New York City, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This was a nice little bit to see in the old part of town. It's just a small street really, but it's interesting to see that people still do live here on this quaint street!

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Williamstown, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Knew this was here but never knew the history behind it. It doesn't take long to enjoy the quaint residential alley but most enjoyable for history buffs and a quick jaunt back in time!

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Israel, Jerusalem
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196 reviews 196 reviews
151 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

It's a very pretty alley, colorful and tiny, but that's just that- an alley. there was construction work going around when we were there so you had to walk around some of it and the museum was closed so we just crossed the alley to the other way and continued with our trip. it's very close to the Ben Franklin... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This little street is very neat to see. Only takes a few minutes to stop by and walk down it. Homes are really cool and extremely well kept. I'd highly recommend making a quick stop here. If you have time you may want to check out the tour too, but neat to see even without the tour.

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Derry, New Hampshire, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This is a a very quick stop if you are in the area - not sure I'd go out of may to see it. It is architecturally interesting and brightly colored. Take some snaps and move along.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

The history of Elfreth's Alley is interesting, but seeing the actual homes and the architecture is the best part. If you have time, this is a great, quick stop with some great places to take pictures.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Rich in historic provenance, oldest residential street with the structures built between 1728 & 1836 and current tenants living in them. A 5 minute stroll back in time. Don't forget to look up for the mirrors!! When you take the tour, you will find out why. The cobblestone lined street to the architecture structure of these homes, one is also... More

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Marlton, New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

A beautiful part of Philly for sure! Check out the beautiful historical buildings as you walk around. It has a very safe feel, so you can take your time and enjoy your walk. The street is cobblestoned, and has a nice strolling feel. During spring and summer, the tree lined area can make a beautiful view.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We walked down Elfreth's Alley on an early Saturday morning, taking in the sights and architecture of historic Philadelphia. The cobblestone street lined the rows of old buildings; while there wasn't much foot traffic in the area, it was a nice stroll if you're in the area. There was a museum/shop that you could look inside, but we were there... More

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Perth, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Once again we are treated to some beautiful sights while walking the gorgeous streets of Philly. Beautiful tree lined streets and alleys. Historic and attractive buildings. Great day.

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