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Benjamin Franklin House

The world’s only surviving home of Benjamin Franklin.

London WC2N 5NF

Hanging Sign at Benjamin Franklin House London
Free for members
Facilities
  • Easily accessible without car
  • No parking
  • Shop
Accessibility

Benjamin Franklin House is a five-storey townhouse with a staircase between each floor. The floors and stairs are uneven and sloping. There are handrails on all of the staircases and there is visitor seating in all of the historic rooms. Given the Grade I nature of the building and the different levels of the building, there is no wheelchair access. Loos are downstairs in the basement; there is no accessible loos.

Carers are admitted free of charge and visitors with disabilities qualify for concessionary tickets.

Guide and hearing dogs are permitted in all areas of the House.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street in the heart of London is a heritage ‘gem’ and the world’s only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin.

Today, the House brings Franklin’s time in London to life for visitors through the Historical Experience, Architectural Tours, and an engaging calendar of events. Our vibrant, free education programme allows children to discover Franklin’s science and Georgian London in the building or in the classroom.

Opening Times

Historic Houses members visit for free.

The Benjamin Franklin House Box Office is open 10:30am-5pm, Fridays – Sundays.

Historical Experience shows run Saturday and Sunday at: 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm

Architectural Tours run on Fridays at: 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: Historical Experience £8, Architecture, Tour £6

Students/Over 65s: Historical Experience £6, Architecture Tour £4

Under 16s visit for free.

To book

Historic Experience and Architectural Tours

 

 

Educational Visits

Based on the London life and work of one of the main figures of the Enlightenment – Benjamin Franklin, our unique educational offerings include the Children’s Historical Experience, featuring an interactive live performance and the Student Science Centre’s hands-on structured and fun activities that capture children’s imagination.

Primary School Visits

Our award-winning education days take place every Tuesday in the House’s Student Science Centre. Based on the London life and work of Benjamin Franklin, our engaging activities link to and illuminate the National Curriculum.

Secondary School Visits

A visit to Benjamin Franklin House can support both History and Politics at A Level. On the Historical Experience, students will learn about the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin’s years in London leading up to the American Revolution. They will also receive a talk from the Education Manager which delves deeper into Franklin’s political role.

Contact

Education Manager
For more information or to book.
Accessibility

Benjamin Franklin House is a five-storey townhouse with a staircase between each floor. The floors and stairs are uneven and sloping. There are handrails on all of the staircases and there is visitor seating in all of the historic rooms. Given the Grade I nature of the building and the different levels of the building, there is no wheelchair access. Loos are downstairs in the basement; there is no accessible loos.

Carers are admitted free of charge and visitors with disabilities qualify for concessionary tickets.

Guide and hearing dogs are permitted in all areas of the House.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

London WC2N 5NF

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By London Underground
Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines)
Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines)

By Bus
There are a number of buses that stop near Craven Street. Routes 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91, 176 all stop on the Strand.

By Car
Parking around Benjamin Franklin House is extremely limited – we urge visitors to use public transport. More information about parking in the area can be found at westminster.gov.uk.

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Explore the nation’s heritage from just £65 per year.

Hundreds of the most beautiful historic houses, castles, and gardens across Britain offer our members free entry.

Also: receive a quarterly magazine, enjoy monthly online lectures, get exclusive invitations to buy tickets for behind-the-scenes tours, and take up a range of special offers on holidays, books, and other products you might like.

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