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Benjamin Franklin House

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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
+44 20 7839 2006
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I must of walked through this street where Benjamin Franklin used to live over a dozen times, and recently by chance i noticed the plaque out side the property and the banner on the gate stating that this is where Benjamin Franklin used to live,I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tour of the house with videos and tour guide commentary in the different rooms. It tells of franklin's life in the house during the time he lives there and tells the story through his letters to his wife, writing, and other publications....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

I didn’t have particular expectations about this. I was looking for something different to spend time with friends and then go for tea after. This was certainly very different. The style of the tour suited me but appreciate it may not be to everyone’s taste....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

Enjoyable experience. Although no furniture in rooms, the tour is about Benjamin Franklin and the house itself. All written history information on boards in first room you are taken to and a 10 minute film is shown which was useful. Then an actress acts the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank makethemostolife
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

We showed up at the house not realizing you can only tour at certain times. The information on the door said the tour was sold out but they were able to add us to the next group. The tour was full of information on what...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cinnamon C
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Yes, empty. These friends of Benjamin Franklin do not have a single furniture or memorabilia of Benjamin. Is just a mix of theatre and video presentation. Be aware that is not a museum.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

For this experience you will need to plan carefully in order to attend. There are architectural tours and then historical experiences where people reenact with period dress and what not. We chose to do the architectural tour and were blow away by Brian's knowledge and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Jenn N
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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