Benjamin Franklin House

 
 
ADDRESS
36 Craven Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 5NF
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Wed to Sun 12pm-5pm | Guided tours take place on Mondays at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15 & 16:15 (pre-booking is advised).
 
PRICES
£7 (Adult), FREE (Under 16s) | Historical Experience: adults £7, conc £5 | Archictectural Tour: £3.50 | Under 16s free at all times
 

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Benjamin Franklin HouseThis Georgian terraced house was the London base of the great American statesman and key founder of the United States, Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775. Benjamin Franklin House was essentially the first American Embassy, as Franklin struggled to contain the growing enmity between England and her colony. In his spare time, the great man pursued his own interests, including meeting the great men and women of the day and working on inventions - including bifocal spectacles, a new musical instrument and a fuel-saving stove. The house itself has been recreated as a 'Historical Experience'. Visitors receive a guided tour from Polly, Franklin's landlady's daughter, accompanied by appropriate sound effects and visuals, while Emmy-award winning actor Peter Coyote plays the part of Benjamin Franklin.

 

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Underground Stations

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Charing Cross Tube Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Embankment Underground Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Blackfriars Railway Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    London > Attractions > Other Attractions
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    Corinthia Hotel London, 10a Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 13 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
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    The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
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    Concerts | On 31st March 2015 

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    National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

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    Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2015 

    National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

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    Exhibitions | On 31st March 2015 

    National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

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