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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
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
Description:

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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I suppose you could nearly say , it is a place time forgot about , although it is kept very clean . The tour guide pointed out some of the construction details and the reasons why... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I suppose you could nearly say , it is a place time forgot about , although it is kept very clean . The tour guide pointed out some of the construction details and the reasons why !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the oldest street in the US. It's pretty cool to walk down it and see how the buildings were built then. There were wedding pictures being taken here when we went, so we had to be careful not to get into any of those shots. It's a nice walk back in time.

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Liverpool, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The longest continuous inhabited residential street in America,; need I say more. A truly amazing place. It is worth the short walk there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's just what it says - an alley - so it won't take you long to wander down the lane. However, it's encouraging that this slice of history has been maintained (especially when you see the onslaught of high rises being built nearby). The homes are charming although I can't imagine living in one - not just because they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely couple of block to walk around. The neighbors are quite friendly. It is very nice to know the colors of the streets and the walls and trees

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This takes little time but is a fascinating piece of history. We were glad we made the stop to see it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

How cool is this, the oldest residential street in America! We had the pleasure to meet a home owner who kindly explained how cool it was to live here. He even mentioned a lot of the properties rent them out... I know where I will stay next time I am in Philadelphia!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful little spot in a bustling city! The houses were adorable and I was surprised that people still live in them! It was a 12 minute walk from the Liberty Bell and about the same to the waterfront which was also a lovely spot. Great little pit stop for a few pictures.

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This alley of original colonial homes was at the top of my list as I love old buildings. I was surprised that as noteworthy as this little neighborhood is, that more of the residents didn't keep their entry way units to appear more attractive. Several had FOR SALE or RENT signs.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a quaint little street that retains its turn of the century charm. It is very photogenic but it is quickly being swallowed up by the development nearby which is a shame. If you can go when they are doing an open house, don't hesitate. It is quite informative.

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