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Elfreth's Alley

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.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
City Centre 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"
in 9 reviews
"walking tour"
in 19 reviews
"christ church"
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"united states"
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"independence hall"
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"homes"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There are no shops or restaurants in Elfreth’s Alley, but it’s such a pretty photo opportunity. The alley isn’t long, so it’s a relatively quick stop. It’s close to Betsy Ross’ house and worth the time to take the walk over. The homes are occupied...More

Thank Ellenlyn
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Elfreth's Alley is the longest continually inhabited street in the United States. Imagine living in such close quarters. Look up and see the "busy-bodies," which are mirrors set at angles so that people can look out an upstairs window and see who's knocking.

Thank AntSusie
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We found this alley pretty easily. There wasn’t anyone else there so my pics aren’t ruined by people in them!!! You don’t need to spend hours here, look around snap a few pics and be on your way.

Thank CMOTO
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a brief but interesting walk into history; you get a real sense of the scale, space, and character of early Philadelphia. We missed the open house but it was still worth the visit. Hint: check on open house times before you to get...More

Thank FunkyWanderer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing place where you can see and feel history. For small admission you can visit two houses, we had a lot of fun. They have costumes so you can pretend you are lady/gentleman from Benjamin Franklin's age.

1  Thank mamushka s
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

America's oldest contiguous continuously inhabited street. In English, this is the oldest surviving row of houses. They are not 'row houses' as they were build separately over the course of the 1700's into the 1800's. Many still have 'regular people' living in them. Two are...More

Thank Wayne-Librarian
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A remarkable survivor; and the oldest residential street in the USA, according to signs. And folk still live there. Located off North 2nd Street, not far from the Ben Franklin Bridge. Amble along it and imagine the lives that have existed behind those doors. Very...More

Thank dswatts69
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Interesting old-style street. Coble-stoned. Some of the old houses are decorated, some are not. Neat to see but not sure I would go again.

Thank toscwolfstar
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

This was on a walking tour that our Philadelphia friend suggested, so otherwise we might have missed it. It's very quaint of course, restored to its 18th-century glory. One of the houses was open for a $3 fee, but only the downstairs was actually open....More

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Pretty neat to see history still in use. The homes are beautiful and so well kept. A short visit but worth the time. We didn't get to see the museums because they were closed.

Thank Jamie D
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Katya S
12 March 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
13 July 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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