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Benjamin Franklin House

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Closes in 26 min: 10:30 - 17:00
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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...more
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36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I queued briefly for a visit to the house Benjamin Franklin occupied in what is now Craven Street close to Charing Cross for nearly sixteen years from 1757 to 1775 as part of Open Days 2018. After American independence it functioned as a de facto...More

1  Thank futtock21
Reviewed 1 week ago

History mixed with drama and audiovisuals make this a great stop not far from Trafalgar Square. Living there for 16 years Franklin entertained, met important guests and negotiated trade for the colonies from this location. I went there in the middle of the week and...More

Thank ggcaiazzo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be careful of just turning up - in our case they had cancelled the scheduled tour, presumably because nobody had pre-booked onto it. We were told to come back for the next one in an hour.

Thank bsanbsan
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Turned up just in time to do a 45 minute tour.It started with a brief introductory video and then I was shown around by a woman 'in character' who explained the history with the help of automated videos and audio. I think this is a...More

Thank GuyUK
Reviewed 18 July 2018

I've been to London many times and this latest visit was a 2 day stop on the way home to the U.S. I had stumbled upon this place from a search on the internet. I recently saw the Hamilton Musical and have taken an interest...More

1  Thank TeaWithLori
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We found out about this place through the National Trust handbook, and being members got in for half price. We did the Historical Experience which is a mixture of live and video performances throughout the house explaining about his life and his time there. Strangely...More

1  Thank cngj
Reviewed 31 May 2018

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

1  Thank Bill934
Reviewed 31 May 2018 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 7 May 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 23 April 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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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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