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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
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

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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Enjoyed seeing the "old" houses. Didn't know about this being the oldest residential area from the 1702 and on.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed seeing the "old" houses. Didn't know about this being the oldest residential area from the 1702 and on.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Charming street for cultural history buffs! People were so short back then! Very cute little houses! Bladen's Court was a special hideaway! Enjoyed every minute of it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this while on a walking tour. It was very much like many old streets that we have seen in other cities and countries. Nice, but not particularly exceptional

Thank Howard H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's still functioning and as a proper 18th century aura along a cobbled street - (no high heels recommended). In a superb old industrial neighborhood , converted into trendy shops and restaurants and walking distance to Betsy Ross House and Independence Hall.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Elfreth's Alley was easy to find. It's great for Philadelphia to realize how awesome it is to have this restored for everyone to walk and experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked down thias tsreet. The row houses are beautiful and it gives you a real sense of history. It's amazing how they have been maintained,.

Thank familymontreal
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Elfeth's Alley is the longest continually inhabited residential street in the US. This short little block is a string of historic brownstones on a brick walkway. It's not far from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Besty Ross House. Worth the stop!

Thank angievaughn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited during a walk about of Philadelphia. Lovely buildings, great wander along. Free of charge. Only spent about 10 mins on site but glad we did. Very close to the other attractions ie bell/Liberty hall and if in the area definitely worth visiting.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This street boasts that it's the oldest, continually inhabited street in North America. I found it very charming. We took the tour, which is offered from Friday-Sunday from 12-5 (but check their website), and enjoyed all the anecdotes and seeing inside one of the homes. Seeing the street and the courtyard can be done without a tour though, but you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quaint little piece of history. Well kept and charming street to walk down if open. I think this is the very first street in Philly. Put it on the list and get your camera ready for sure.

Thank ludgate247

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