Free tour around the Benjamin Franklin House

Address:
Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, Westminster, London
Tel:
0207 839 2006

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
21st to 22nd September 2019
30 min tours between 10.30 AM and 4 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis
See benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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'Open House Weekend' is a London-wide event that allows the public to see inside some of London's best buildings for free.

The Benjamin Franklin House will be offering everyone a free 30-minute tour of the Georgian townhouse.

Craig has attended one of these tours himself (but one of the paid ones, not during Open House Weekend), and written a review on his blog. You might like to read it before you go just to get a taste of what the building is like inside.

In case you don't know who Benjamin Franklin is, he originally acted as a middle-man between the British government and the colonies, and later helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States after the War of Independence.

 

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Craig’s review of Benjamin Franklin House – “Benjamin Franklin's House is the kind of place you don't notice even when you're staring at it. For something that's called the "first American Embassy", you might be hoping for something a little bit grand, but it's basically just a townhouse in a side street off Charing Cross. Franklin was just a normal guy back then, negotiating between the government and… continued”

Read Craig’s review of Benjamin Franklin House

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