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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
Nigel F
Abingdon, United Kingdom

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Firstly, yes there is parking. Just follow the road signs for the museum and it's in the corner of the road the house is located in....£1 for one hour should suffice. Secondly, it's well worth a visit. £4.20 per adult is about right and the staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly. Although small, it's all nicely set out with... More 

Thank Derek E
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I have to say I was not very impressed with my visit, The staff are friendly and knowledgeable but to call this a museum is stretching the truth a bit. 20 minutes should be ample time to see what is there

Thank happychappy640
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.

Thank Nigel F
Luxor, Egypt
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143 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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 

Thank Observer1966
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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!

Thank catsrfluffy
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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

2 Thank mandychats
1 review
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.

Thank linda z
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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 

Thank Gingerninj
London, United Kingdom
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574 reviews
356 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
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.

Thank Angela H
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank Pato C

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