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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
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+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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Oldest Street in America

A great depiction of what early 18th Century America looked like. The street is narrow but meticulously maintained. Take the time to go through the one small alley and visit the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Nacogdoches
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My 5 times great grandfather and grandmother, Moses and Ester Mordecai, lived in 118 in mid 1700's. Born in Bonn, Germany in 1707, he was sent to the United States by U.K. as an indentured servant and later became a merchant in Philadelphia around 1748. Leigh Harrison Manis

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited Elfreth's Alley in February 2017. It is bit out of the way on 2nd Street past Race Street. I think it is worth a very quick visit. Walk here for 5-10 minutes and take some photos. But if you are pressed for time in your visit to the historic section of Philadelphia then I would skip it.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A great depiction of what early 18th Century America looked like. The street is narrow but meticulously maintained. Take the time to go through the one small alley and visit the donut shop there, the donuts were delicious.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wished I owned a home on the block. It is just so darn cute. If your into history, and vintage homes this is the place to visit. The homes provide great photo ops.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the oldest continually lived on streets. It is best to find a nearby parking spot and walk here. The alley is well maintained and gives you a taste of what the rest of the city might have looked like back in the early days. There are a few houses that have been turned into a museum,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a lovely place, but it really isn't anything special. If you're from England there is a town near you that's the same!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went down this street during a trip to Philadelphia. Hard to park around there, there is a parking lot not far away, or you can try your luck with metered parking like we did. It is a lovely street, with beautiful architecture that dates back as far as the early 1700's, all nicely kept up. People really do live there.... More 

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Morris, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is lovely and worth seeing. It is a historic landmark with great architecture. People really live on this street. It seems ashamed that they receive very little privacy but what a wonderful alley to visit.

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Milford, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked down Elfreth's Alley on our way back to our hotel. Both of us like history and it was a neat experience. The "street" is amazingly narrow/small - there's enough room for one "vehicle" (think horses and buggy) to travel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of our stops during a walking tour. We spent about 10 minutes here as our guide told us the story. It was neat to see and fit in nicely on the tour, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this spot.

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