We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Benefit Street

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Providence, RI
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...
A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 95 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Beautiful

A must see. A walk down Benefit St us a walk through living history. Historic homes that are not museums, but still used as homes. A really nice part of Providence.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
J L
,
New York City, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
107 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A must see. A walk down Benefit St us a walk through living history. Historic homes that are not museums, but still used as homes. A really nice part of Providence.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

You can stroll along Benefit Street to see the lovely historic homes. You can walk from the vicinity of the Roger Williams National Memorial to the First Baptist Church in America to the Athenaeum to the John Brown House Museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York, New York, United States
Level Contributor
255 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was one of the historical tours we had as a must for re-visiting Rhode Island and we are very glad that we did it. The walking tour starts out from the John Brown house and winds through that area exploring mostly historical Architecture through the period from Colonial to modern. We even had a chance to visit the insides... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

An historical part of the city which is very pleasant to drive or wander along. We actually came across the Brown House and took a tour in there which was very interesting. Very picturesque and quaint.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
169 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Benefit Street gives you a chance to see the development of America's architecture from colonial times to the present, almost completely by walking the length of the street through the School of Design to the north end. At the middle is the RISD museum, a gem of a museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This was my favorite thing about Providence. The colonial homes are absolutely stunning. The neighborhood is safe and shady. I love the signs on each home listing the original owner and date. I wish I had more time to spend on the street. I also wish I had taken the Historical Society's Tour. I had a ton of questions that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ligonier PA
Level Contributor
131 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

A time-honored New England Street with residences and churches, many with historical markers. Similar to some streets in Boston.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warwick, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
129 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Benefit Street is located in the heart of Providence within walking distance of downtown Providence. Many of the homes on Benefit Street are old houses, over one hundred years old. The street has much character and close to many historic sites. Benefit Street is walking distance from Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Johnson and Wales University.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

If you're looking for a stroll filled with architectural gems, this is your spot! Very close to the heart of things.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greenwood, Indiana
Level Contributor
62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This area was very quaint and the buildings and homes were lovely. The carvings and scroll woodworking on the buildings were beautiful to see. My knees wouldn't allow me to walk the street but my husband and I appreciated the view from the car. If you are in the area, go to Benefit Street!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Benefit Street also viewed

 

Been to Benefit Street? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Benefit Street

Address: Providence, RI
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Benefit Street and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
San Antonio, Texas
4 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Benefit Street staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?