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Benjamin Franklin House

36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
+44 20 7839 2006
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Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin - scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more - lived behind its doors. The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using his historic rooms as staging for a drama which seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and projection technology.
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Hours Today: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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+44 20 7839 2006
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

according to the tour guides, this is the only home remaining of Ben Franklin anywhere. There is very little furniture in the home however there is a character dressed up and interacts with a video in each room you visit and you learn about his...More

Thank Bill934
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I stumbled upon this wonderful attraction by chance. We had visited Trafalgar Square and on checking our handy London Pass guide book, decided to have a look. We found the house with no problem & we were met at the door by...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Great guided tour of Benjamin Franklin house in London. Friendly tour guide. You get a chance to play an old and strange instrument at the end of the tour. See how repairs were made to preserve this bit of history.

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

We visitied for the 1pm tour when we noticed this charming little abode near the Strand. Reasonably priced at £8 for adults. The tour was cleverly thought out and gave you a huge insight into Victorian London and the mind lf Benjamin Franklin. Thouroughly enjoyable.

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Reviewed April 18, 2018

The tour does a good job of giving an insight into Franklin's life and an account of life in general at the time. Bit annoying that you can't book online for a National Trust discount though.

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

This building acts as a symbol of how relations between the UK and the US were developed. The tour guides are impressively hospitable. The content of the presentation had the right balance of personal and contextual history to give you a strong sense of whom...More

Thank Alex E
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

Never knew about Benjamin Franklin's London home. Very interesting in particular because the house is practically empty so the visit is all about the story and that is fascinating

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

It's interesting to see into this townhouse, even thought there are few contents. The tour with the projected images, sound and an actor guiding you through brings it alive. The welcomer / attendant was also very helpful and informative. We learnt much more about that...More

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Thank cj172018
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Tucked away just a stones throw from Charing Cross is Benjamin Franklin’s house. A small house but a great experience with lights, sound and a great actor. Team it with something else on in London, we did, and found it to be the cherry on...More

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Reviewed February 13, 2018

The sparse interior combined with the imaginative and informative presentation, makes this house 'come to life'. The tour is amazing and so was the polymath Benjamin Franklin.

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Response from LoriMichigan | Reviewed this property |
The Ben Franklin Home is about an hour. As I live in Philadelphia now, and there are no surviving structures Franklin occupied, it was especially interesting to me. But It gives a good historical look at the time period... More
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