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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

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Address: 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 7261
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Interesting. Well presented. Should control access better given limited space, particularly to keep out backpacks or other large bags.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Abingdon, United Kingdom

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Interesting. Well presented. Should control access better given limited space, particularly to keep out backpacks or other large bags.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a must see when visiting Portsmouth, something you don,t expect to see when there. I have visited many times while in Portsmouth, even have a photo of my Black Mini parked in front of the house. Commercial Rd is a main shopping area of Portsmouth, just follow signs to the house and you.ll find a nice quiet part... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A small place to visit but interesting to learn about Charles Dickens. Friendly staff! Don' t really need much time to visit as it is a small house!

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St Neots, Cambs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I wanted to visit the birthplace of my favourite author and it is worth a visit. Entry is made down the steps into the old kitchen which also serves as the shop. The two girls staffing this were very friendly and helpful. We then negotiated the stairs to the other floors, not easy for the less agile and inaccessible for... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It is only small but it is like taking a step back in time. Really enjoyed the ambiance and the staff in costume with all their knowledge was the added extra. It only takes 1 hour

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It didn't look like a "museum" from the outside. Nothing but a round blue notice board saying it's the birth place of Charles Dickens.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a lovely house with lovely people manning the till and as guides but this is where Charles Dickens was born and lived for 4 months....yes. four months. All of the furniture is reproduction and best guess at how the house would've looked. There are only a few items that are original, sadly not enough for this to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Located in a small house in the heart of Portsmouth. Fascinating look at Charles dickens humble beginnings. He house is a terrace and interesting. Definitely worth a visit.

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Before I got there, I supposed that I would find something a little bit different (In that moment I did not realize that it was just a little house). It is a small place, but it gives to the visitors that kind of atmosphere that recreates the early years of Charles Dickens. The most of the furnitures are not original... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

There are some nice pictures of Dickens, and some pictures of pictures of Dickens. Apart from the couch on which he breathed his last there are few authentic Dickensian artifacts. He was born on this house but the family lived there for a very short time before moving elsewhere. However if you are a dyed in the wool Dickensphile this... More 

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