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Benjamin Franklin House

36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
+44 20 7839 2006
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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 doors. The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using his historic rooms as staging for a drama which seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and projection technology.
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36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7839 2006
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After spending over a week in England, our hosts secured tickets to see the Ben Franklin House in London. This interactive living history tour is remarkable in its presentation & description of Franklin's time in London as the de facto ambassador for the Colonies prior...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family took the Historical Experience Tour which is offered Wednesday through Sunday. Before the tour begins, one waits in a basement room that contains some artifacts related to Franklin as well as a display of human bones unearthed during renovation of the building. The...More

Thank michaelmR89ZN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the last remaining home of Benjamin Franklin, well known founding father of the U.S. It is from the 18th century and is an interesting place to visit. Check on tour times in advance.

Thank buffalojim67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A 40 minute tour gives you the highlights of Ben Franklin's life in England,as well as insights into the man as well. Spots are limited so if you are interested in Franklin and want to do this tour, you really should reserve a spot. There...More

Thank drwiz
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Interesting tour, combo of live actress and recorded conversations and projected artifacts. Loved the original front door security chain! No furniture to speak of because no one had ever inventoried it, but to see the original floors and architecture was grand. No gift shop worth...More

Thank lbmullane
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

The Benjamin Franklin House is his only home preserved anywhere. Fascinating to have one of the greatest Americans presented in a home which, in essence, served as America's first Embassy in the U.K. Franklin's London life is energetically presented throughout the tour. Fascinating man. Fascinating...More

Thank oversaws
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I was knowledgeable about Ben Franklin going in, and found the presentation interesting, but I was conscious of the grandchildren not being moved by it.There aren't enough chairs as you move from room to room. The performance could be more interactive. So much have been...More

Thank Jerusalembarbara
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The house is open for tours only which is unsurprising as there is very little inside. I was very well aware of the fact when I decided to visit, however nothing prepared me for the experience. I arrived just before the tour, so had little...More

1  Thank Maltrueno
BenFranklinHouse, Front Office Manager at Benjamin Franklin House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Dear Maltrueno, We are sorry to hear our Historical Experience show left you a bit in the dark! That's not how we usually do things and we've talked with our volunteers who help us to ensure all guests receive a high value, positive visit to...More

Reviewed 10 May 2017

First things first: this is a must-see for any American who visits London. This is a truly significant historical building. Ben Franklin lived here for several years, and it served essentially as the first embassy of the United States in the United Kingdom (before there...More

1  Thank erghammer
Reviewed 10 May 2017

The house is well preserved from a architectural point of view and it is a good experience to be between the walls inhabited by Franklin. His story is told all by a re- enactment actress and some audio-visual presentations. The staff are also very well-meaning....More

1  Thank Andy B
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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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