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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
As featured in 3 Days in Philadelphia
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Address: 126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
Phone Number:
+1 215-574-0560
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Cute and Historic

Very cute. Not much to do beyond walking down the street.. but if you are lucky you might be able to peek into a place. But its amazing to think about the fact that these places... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Staten Island, New York
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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very cute. Not much to do beyond walking down the street.. but if you are lucky you might be able to peek into a place. But its amazing to think about the fact that these places have been there for centuries. And you can walk there and pick up some amazing chilly cheesesteaks on the way home.

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This street is one of only seven left in the city to have original cobblestones, so be prepared for an uneven walk through the street, or stick to the sidewalk. The homes are all original and so slender, you wonder how a family moved about. On the street, there is a museum where you can experience just how small the... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In a city that is loaded with history and has grown, it is often hard to imagine what life was like in colonial time. Elfreth's alley provides a preserved glimpse to life in those times. This is just outside of the center of Philadelphia and is certainly worth the effort to walk a few extra blocks to see this place.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to this quaint (actual) neighborhood early in the day after breakfast, nothing else was open. It was neat to see that people still live in this quaint area. It was fun to see how they personalize the spaces to accommodate their living styles. We went on a trash day so pictures were not so great. Since we stayed... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of streets with 1700s buildings in Philadelphia and while this is a nice one, it doesn't seem that unique to us. Nice photos though.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a cute little alley full of houses to remind us of what life was like back in the day. Quick and definitely worth the short walk to it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I am spoiled from living in Boston and having Beacon Hill so close. This is a cute little street with fun, historic houses that are great to photograph. I would not make a special trip unless you are going to be in the area.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This alley is a bit of a walk from the Independence Hall Visitor Center. We went here after lunch and there was plenty of places to stop and peak into along the way, so it didn't feel like it was as far as it was. People actually live in these houses, so don't peak into them! There were many other... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

walk the street the alley and be transformed to the1776 time in history feel the cooblestones under your feet ben franklin is coming for tea at 3 pm

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you wan to visit colonial america in Philadelphia, come here and stroll down history. It's a short 5 minute walking tour. Great experience none the less. must see if you want to tour philly.

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