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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: +1 215-574-0560
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Great little walk

Plenty to see in the area, but Elfreth's Alley is a particular step back in time. It's unassuming and relatively small, but it's one of those places that has a feeling to it that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Haddon Heights, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend and I toured the Alley during their Deck the Alley event which is held in early December each year. This was my 3rd time over the years to take the tour and more houses were open this year than I can remember from previous visits. It's an event not to be missed---a rare chance to see inside these... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty to see in the area, but Elfreth's Alley is a particular step back in time. It's unassuming and relatively small, but it's one of those places that has a feeling to it that makes it worthwhile.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This oldest street is quaint and historic. Located near the Betsy Ross house, this is a lovely place to see if your are going to the waterfront. Use a macro lens for photos as the street is narrow and the beautiful homes can be difficult to photograph.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating Street, filled with interesting, well maintained houses that captures the spirit of the time. Well worth strolling up and down and look into all the nooks and crannies for some excellent features. It was especially good to see how some of the present residents have added to the information available by posting historic details in their windows. In... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Elfreth's Alley is reputed to be the oldest, continuously occupied residential alley in the nation. Some of the homes date from the 1750's and the most recent ones from the very early 1800's. They are maintained in good repair and if you look closely, you may see a very tame orange tabby cat. Follow where he points and find a... More 

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Superior, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What fun to go and see this iconic street which is barely wheelchair / stroller accessible (lots of bumpy cobblestones). The pictures I've seen are more, um, pretty than what we saw in real life, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fun to see. It was!

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even met a young lady out sweeping porch who lives there. Amazing wedding pics were being taken there too

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Thank zoellerfam4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing history. I can't believe the original cobble stone streets and beautiful homes. It's worth the short walk.

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Garden City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking down Elfreth's Alley is like going back to an era of the past. The lovely row houses are truly amazing. We only saw the outside but our imaginations led us to envision what they must be like inside. If ever I were to move to Philadelphia, I would love to live here!

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Sutton England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Phily seems to have guarded its history well and this is a great example and a wonderful opportunity to see what the city was like originally, worth a visit.

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