Benefit Street
Benefit Street
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About
A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.
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The area

Neighborhood: College Hill
How to get there
  • Providence Station • 9 min walk
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Providence tour drove by here and peaked my interest so we went back for a slow walk. I'm glad we did!. Yes, there are some hills to climb but the feeling of history, with cobblestone, old brick and restored homes was delightful. Tip: eat at Denden at the end of the street for an enjoyable meal.
Written October 8, 2022
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katem j
Suffern, NY132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A nice walk viewing historic buildings along this cobblestone street. We took many pictures including the Nightingale House. We then walked to the First Baptist Church and throughout Brown University. Had to climb some hills for the latter!
Written October 15, 2022
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Jake23
New Jersey6,843 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
One of the many nice streets in Providence for a walk. It’s very close to the Brown campus and runs through the RISD campus. There was an art show there today.
Written October 12, 2019
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Paul W
Houston, TX318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
We only had a short time to quickly absorb some of the history and culture of Providence. We decided to do the Rhode Island Historical Society's walking tour of Benefit Street.

We met at the Brown House, where we signed up and paid the small fee. There was one other couple on the tour with us.

The tour guide was extremely pleasant and happy to answer any questions. She gave us a lot of information about Benefit Street and the history of Providence, from the original founding of the city.

The highlight for us was the Athanaeum library.

We would strongly recommend this to any new visitors to Providence.
Written September 26, 2013
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HarperMKE
Milwaukee, Wisconsin108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
If you want a taste of old New England, walk the length of Benefit Street and pay attention to the architecture of the houses. They remain private dwellings today, several hundred years after their construction, and they are beautifully tended. A romantic evening walk with the streetlights on is a must.
Written November 13, 2012
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RIDeb
Cranston, RI19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Providence is one of the oldest cities in the country and this is where it all began. Stroll along the shady street among lovely restored colonial homes dating back to the 1600's. Visit the Providence Atheneum, First Unitarian Church, the RISD Museum, the John Brown House, and First Baptist Church as well as shops and restaurants. The RI Historical Society offers a 90 minute walking tour (A Mile of History) which is worthwhile to really appreciate the historical significance of Benefit St.
Written January 17, 2012
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nt33311
Providence, RI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is a beautiful street and what postcards are made of! The street is as beautiful during the day as it is at night. Night time, however, brings out a charm that takes you back in time. The street is absolutely gorgeous in the fall and spring/summer. The bricks are hundreds of years old and most of the houses are historic homes which mean that the lighting and facade have to be approved by the Historical Society. If you like Beacon Hill in Boston, you'll love Benefit Street. If you're visiting Brown or RISD, make sure you visit Benefit. Many Brown students live on this street for off campus housing since it's safe and very close to campus. The campus is a two minute walk, one street away. Bring your walking shows and take your camera out because it's a charming street with postcard views.
Written April 10, 2018
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ANNE R
New England242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We noticed some reviewers say " not much more than a stroll" --I will add, oh-but how beautiful this stroll will be! The homes and churches, views through the openings between rooftops, the little gardens tucked here and there-the DOORWAYS!!! is a small delicious feast for the eyes, each new "view". It is charming to see the designs, colors and styles used in the past-and I applaud the wonderful maintenance which is apparent. It was a pleasure to see this area!
Written April 3, 2018
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Waterfrontguy
Providence RI59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012
Spend an hour walking Benefit Street & taking in the historic homes, hard to find a better preserved piece of history anywhere I suspect.
Written January 17, 2013
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8pixel
Wyckoff, NJ317 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Bottom Line: If you absolutely have to see it, drive through it.

Tip: Plenty of metered parking around the Brown campus.

Details: We stopped here after reading the great reviews online but were quickly disappointed by it. Starting at College Street, we headed one direction on a quiet Friday morning and quickly found ourselves thinking "is this it?" The houses were so-so and not "beautifully restored" by any means so we decided to turn around and head in the other direction towards the Providence Athenaeum (which was closed for that week). Fifteen minutes later we found ourselves thinking the same and decided to head back to the car. Not wanting to leave and think that we had "missed something" we decided to drive down both directions of Benefit St (a tight squeeze in some areas) and finally came to the conclusion that we were glad we didn't keep walking. Maybe a guided walking tour would have helped but I doubt it.
Written August 20, 2012
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