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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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Small but interesting

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a small but well presented museum located in the house where Dickens was born close to Portsmouth City Centre at the end of the M275. The house is decorated in the style of the period and includes some original furniture from Dickens' later life. The story of his birth and early years is well covered along with aspects... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Don`t get me wrong, this is a good LITTLE museum. It`s only a couple of minutes from Portsmouth shopping area, but unfortunately it takes about the same amount of time to walk round it, although this doesn`t detract from the experience, which is, surprisingly good. It`s old fashioned look (probably due to the fact that it is "old fashioned" is... More 

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