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Elfreth's Alley

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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
+1 215-574-0560
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America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
City Center East
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"oldest residential street"
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"row houses"
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"short street"
in 9 reviews
"beautiful street"
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"open house"
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"betsy ross house"
in 31 reviews
"step back in time"
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"old city"
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"historic area"
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"open to the public"
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"walking tour"
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"christ church"
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

This only takes 15 minutes to walk through to see this street that looks like an alley. Kinda neat to know people still live here a few hundred years later.

Thank James M
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

The guide books, and TripAdvisor, all give this alley high marks, and the alley deserves its ratings for its uniqueness, quaintness, and the quality of the restoration/maintenance. But there seem to be some construction projects in the greater neighborhood that may alter that intimacy and...More

1  Thank Marshall B
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

This was one of my favorite places. To see the homes that were here in the 1700's was a real treat! I love all the history that Philadelphia has to offer! It's like walking back in time!

1  Thank Angela K
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Reviewed January 18, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to visit after reading about Elfreth’s Alley being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America. A quaint, narrow cobbled street, with vibrant colour and character. Very pretty and worth a visit whilst in the historical district.

Thank Carole M
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

A beautiful people have taken great care in the up keep of these homes , it gives you an idea of how beautiful some areas are . Cobble stones and history , you are able to walk around some areas but it i residential .

1  Thank Cmg1972
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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Turn a corner and you’ve entered history without the cheesiness that recreations can sometime feel. You can imagine this street as it was, but it’s evident that this residential street continues to run business as usual in a modern world. It must be an interesting...More

1  Thank TravelinTeresa84
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on our bike tour and it was so lovely. The doors all colored differently and the way history has been preserved made this a nice stop on our tour of old Philly

Thank Kristen P
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

This alley really takes you back in history. It is the oldest street is use today. It’s a short walk for Independence hall. Don’t walk by it. Really neat.

1  Thank Andy H
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

This is a short street but does seem to have been frozen in time. I would recommend this as a walking destination as it is also close to other quaint streets and small shops.

1  Thank Ilume
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

This photogenic residential street - and it pays to remember that people do still live here rather than it being some open-air museum - claims to be the oldest street in the USA on which people have permanently resided. It's mostly notable though for its...More

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Katya S
March 11, 2018|
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Response from Deb B | 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.
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Barbara R
July 12, 2016|
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Response from Sheridan S | 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!
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