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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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
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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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It's an Alley

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously inhabited street - I believe, in America. It's worth a quick peek. The street(s) are narrow and cobbled and the current residents have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its free to walk by, but nothing much to see, The homes are privately owned, so you cant walk in to any homes Still its close to so many other historical places, and it has a well known name.

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Tucson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously inhabited street - I believe, in America. It's worth a quick peek. The street(s) are narrow and cobbled and the current residents have taken care with their doors and tiny gardens. A charming few minutes out of your day.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice slice of architecture preserved. Neat that people still live in them, as well. It was a very pretty alley way.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came here because we had a couple of hours to kill before our Independence Hall tour. This is the oldest residential street in the US. I think the oldest building is dated 1703. It's a pretty quick visit and makes for some lovely photos, but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. Christ Church is very close... More 

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

first street settled in the US.. People live in the houses here and also has coggled stone street. at certain time of year, many of the inhabitants open their homes to be seen

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Glen Rose, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely alley where people still live that is a good sample of 1700s architecture, including Ben Franklin's gadget to see who is downstairs from above without letting them know if you are home

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Lickdale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Elfreth's Alley was a nice stop on our walk around Philadelphia. I wouldn't make the trek to Philadelphia speciffically for this street, but it was a nice addition to an already busy day. Luckily most things in the historic district of Philadelphia are relatviely close, so it wasn't a long walk. The street is occupied by residents, seemed to me... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Come in through 30th Street Station, see The Liberty Bell, run up the steps and touch the Rocky Statue, then come here. The history portion of your Philadelphia tour will be complete and you can spend the rest of your time in town eating, drinking, and shopping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't know what to expect in this alley but we were so lucky because twice a year they hold a fundraiser for the homes on the alley and we hit on one of those days. Some visitors were very mad that you had to pay to see the alley on these days but it was such a treat because... More 

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a short walk further to the river lies this very well preserved Revolutionary-era street with most of the homes in their near-original state, and occupied by their owners. We were theirf or the JUly 4th weekend and at least one owner was outside speaking to visitors, explaining the history oft he place. It is well worth a stroll towards... More 

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