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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
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126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006
City Center East
+1 215-574-0560
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia is a very old, but well preserved neighborhood. Was nice to stroll block and imagine what it was like over 200 years ago. Our only complaint was the lack of information available at the site.

Thank marinabM8411WG
Reviewed 2 days ago

Elfreth's.Alley is an interesting street that takes you back in time of the colonial days. Don't miss the small alley that leads you into this tiny garden behind a house about 2/3rds the way down on the left!

Thank bcsystems
Reviewed 3 days ago

While I appreciate the fact that this is considered the oldest (if not one of the oldest streets in the US), it was just OK. There are many streets in Philly that are almost as old and more charming. Also probably spoiled from visiting Williamsburg,...More

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 5 days ago

A historic landmark since 1966, a beautiful, narrow, pedestrian alley of Georgian houses mostly occupied today. The homes are examples of early structure. Elfreth’s Alley is named after Jeremiah Elfreth, a silversmith, as a cart pathway in 1706. One of the houses serves as a...More

Thank Emma-Grace A
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have the chance to visit what's referred to as America's oldest residential street (aka Elfreth's Alley), do it! I immediately fell in love with how charming Elfreth's Alley is and it's currently my favorite place in Philadelphia. I ended up coming back two...More

Thank Agnes C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously occupied street in North America. The street is so narrow as to not accommodate cars. Most of the street dates back to pre-Revolution era. There is a museum and tour, but just a short walk up and down the...More

Thank CTManny
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to see the spaces where shopkeepers lived and worked. Although most houses are private residences, there is a visitor's center and giftshop. These are the original tiny houses.

Thank Joyce L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Going down this street and learning some history with the cobble stone original street and houses and people still live in these homes. Nice tour to take the family.

Thank pbskateso
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people just stop by Elfreth's Alley and snap a few pictures. While it is charming on its own, I recommend taking the house tour to see an interesting example of how the working class lived. An enjoyable tour that only costs a few dollars.

Thank Zach F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location to take a short stroll. It is well preserved. There is also a cute bakery down the alley which is a gem!

Thank AndreaRae13
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Barbara R
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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!