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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
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+1 215-574-0560
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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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I am not sure I would put this at the top of my list of all things to do and see in Philadelphia, but it was very quaint and interesting to see. The highlight was running into a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went a tad out of our way to see this alley and it honestly wasn't all that. I found it cute but would spend time on other sites in the city. Historic and quaint but there are other cute parts of town that make up for this site.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure I would put this at the top of my list of all things to do and see in Philadelphia, but it was very quaint and interesting to see. The highlight was running into a resident as he was getting ready to walk his dogs. He was very friendly and was happy to talk to us about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ally just to stroll down to admire history and how colorful the world is, great location for photography,

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I lived in the Philadelphia area for over 17 years but never managed to walk Elfreth's Alley. So, after moving away, we try to see things on our return visits that we should have done years ago! So, as we walked the lower Market Street area, I made a point of making a detour to this street (after visiting Franklin... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the history related to this street is interesting, there is unfortunately not much to see here. If you just happened to pass by, you would not even think it's considered a sight. Reach it by the blue subway line: 2nd St.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stroll down the cobblestone street and see the historic homes. The ones that are registered have plaques.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and free, I highly recommend a short visit to walk down this historic and small pedestrian lane. Don't miss the even smaller alleyway, Bladen's Court, that juts north from the alley. There is a cool bakery inside one of the historic homes on Bladen's Court. Plus a few friendly alley cats that call Elfreth's Alley home. A nice short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This street is the oldest, continuously inhabited street in America. It's narrow, as many streets were then. Go down the side street, also--a street built for only 2 houses--and read the history on the plaque. I'm glad that we went down this street!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent an hour wandering up and down the street taking photos and chatting to a few residents. Some homes are rented and had the pleasure of seeing the interior of one. Very charming if you like old houses, which I do!

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a glimpse into the past of an old 1700's residential street, this is a great place to check out. I even considered buying one of them but don't really have the cash. I live in Colorado btw but I go to PA once a month or every couple of months. For like 6.00 you can get a... More 

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