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Benjamin Franklin House

  • 36 Craven St. Map It
  • Covent Garden
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

This architecturally significant 1730 house is the only surviving residence of American statesman, scientist, writer, and inventor Benjamin Franklin, who lived and worked here for 16 years preceding the American Revolution. The restored Georgian townhouse has been left unfurnished, the better to show off the original features: 18th-century paneling, stoves, beams, bricks, and windows. Visitors are led around the house by the costumed character of Polly Hewson, the daughter of Franklin's landlady, who interacts with engaging video projections and recorded voices. On Monday you can take a guided tour focusing on the architectural details of the building, and a walking tour of the surrounding area lasting up to 90 minutes sets off from the house every Wednesday morning at 10:30.

Sight Information

Address:

36 Craven St., London, WC2N 5NF, England

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Phone:

020-7925–1405-for booking

Sight Details:

  • Historical Experience £7; architectural tour £3.50; walking tour £5 (reservations recommended)

Published 08/30/2016

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