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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

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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Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour itself was very informative and well designed. I went to the house because I wanted to see the Glass Armonica, which was not part of the tour. I asked at the end of the tour if it was possible to see it and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the live performance a very interesting and nicely put together tour about a fascinating character who I knew little about,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of these attractions that is just a bit different. Limited capacity on fixed time tours to this Grade 1 building. Not much in terms of decor or furnishings, but more than makes up for that with great interpretation. Your guide is an actress playing...More

Thank Killeboy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on the Historical Experience tour with a U3A group. The staff are tremendous. They do everything possible to ensure that the visit is interesting, informative and enjoyable. This Georgian town house was the home of a key founding father of the United States of...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quirky, entertaining and informative. Lets the house and history speak for itself. Not many spaces on a tour so important to book in advance.

Thank michaelcL6434JS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you are a diehard Franklin enthusiast, I can't in good faith recommend this site be in your Top 10 London stops. Particularly if you've visited any of the other founding father sites in the U.S. this one will be a bit disappointing. Even from...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Excellent and interesting place to visit. I did not even know B. FRANKLIN lived in London so it was all new to me. Mixture of taped and live presentation worked well. Could have spent a bit more time looking around at the end, and visited...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

We did learn during our visit, but from the description, we were expecting more of an interactive theater presentation than one actor with a bunch of video screens.

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1  Thank SGriffel
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We attended a candlelit tour of the House and loved learning about the architecture as well as Franklin's time in the UK, as well as some titbits on historical Christmas traditions. The house itself is a gem right in the heart of Charing Cross and...More

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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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