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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 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-574-0560
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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A stroll back in time

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The houses in this alley were built in the late 1700's and early 1800"s. And show the old streets of philly ,how it use to be. But remember that they are someone home and it a private street .

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With high rises and sky scrapers dominating Philadelphia’s cityscape I went to explore Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia’s oldest residential street near the Delaware Rive waterfront. What is now a cobblestone lane was then a dirt path on which goods were hauled by cart from the Delaware River docks for distribution further inland. The simple Georgian style houses on either side of... More 

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