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Elfreth's Alley

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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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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
City Centre East
+1 215-574-0560
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It does not take long to visit, but it is worth a stop. Very old buildings--charming, and close to everything.

Thank FCT3
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had seen this from the Big Bus on a prior visit but not well enough to photograph. I really enjoyed stroll down the alley, reading the signs and plaques and imagining how different life was when those houses were new. 2 things marred our...More

Thank ShelleyG33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the oldest street in America and 27 of the 30 homes are still lived in, and have been occupied since the 1700's. It was really cool to walk down the narrow, rock road, you really felt like you stepped back in time. If...More

Thank Shannan22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy walk after we did the Betsy Ross house tour. We enjoyed the colorful doors and historical walkway

Thank CVGR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in history, this is the place to go. Small cosy streets with a lot of old historical houses. You can easily walk here from the citycenter.

Thank VJOH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Elfreth's Alley to see the houses and the museum. The houses date back to the 1700s. The museum lets you see inside one of the houses to see what life was like in the past.

Thank TaraB0997
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These historic townhouses face each other down a long cobble-stoned street. Easy to walk, and to imagine what life was like for the early residents who worked in trades nearby.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You simply cannot appreciate Elfreth's Alley from the tour buses; you must get off and walk. You will feel as though you've stepped back in time. One of the oldest residential streets in our nation, it's been beautifully preserved! You can get more details on...More

Thank Arvilla F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk the same streets people walked in the early 1700's. America was spreading out and they paved streets in stones. This is the first 3-story town homes that now dot Philly like wildfire. A literal transplant of England town homes.

Thank thesparky1000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed seeing this historic street. A few interesting crooks and nannies. Check out a real neighborhood street a block or two south, That was a bigger treat.

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11 March 2018|
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.
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!