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Elfreth's Alley

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America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
City Center East
+1 215-574-0560
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a quaint street. I felt like I had been transported to revolutionary times. I just loved it. My teenage girls took a jillion pictures!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 44wynnew
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the narrowest & oldest streets in the city, Elfreth's Alley reminds you of the days of yore when your neighbor was truly a friend!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DipuKV
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experience what living in Colonial Philadedlphia was like almost 300 years ago. You’ll be shocked at how narrow the streets were back then. Although the homes have been fabulously restored, you can actually feel history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gary B
Reviewed November 8, 2018

I used to love to walk this block whenever I went to Philadelphia for business or pleasure and that was often up till 1994. I had not gone since then till this past weekend and insisted we visit - all loved it. It is free,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Happy_on_the_road
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

This is just one street with side short alleys and small garden sitting area. It’s the oldest city street. Most of the small homes are still occupied. They have back exits to come and go. We were there on garbage day. One front window had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 166darleneh
Reviewed October 25, 2018

While this attraction is a bit off the beaten path, I'm so glad we sought it out. The architecture is wonderful, and the preservation amazing. It's hard to imagine a street in the United States that has been occupied since the 1700s. We also visited...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kim W
Reviewed October 19, 2018

It does not take long to visit, but it is worth a stop. Very old buildings--charming, and close to everything.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FCT3
Reviewed October 18, 2018

I had seen this from the Big Bus on a prior visit but not well enough to photograph. I really enjoyed stroll down the alley, reading the signs and plaques and imagining how different life was when those houses were new. 2 things marred our...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ShelleyG33
Reviewed October 9, 2018

This is the oldest street in America and 27 of the 30 homes are still lived in, and have been occupied since the 1700's. It was really cool to walk down the narrow, rock road, you really felt like you stepped back in time. If...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shannan22
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Easy walk after we did the Betsy Ross house tour. We enjoyed the colorful doors and historical walkway

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 11, 2018|
Response from debb554 | Reviewed this property |
Cars are allowed to drive down the alley so there are posts in front of the homes as a barrier. There are also metal house numbers on the brick by each door.
Barbara R
July 12, 2016|
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Response from 17sheridans | Reviewed this property |
They all looked lived in to me, except a few that were for sale. It is still a great place to look around, good photo opp. Of course, be respectful of the people living there!