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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
44 2392 827261
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Ranked #30 of 52 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Specialty Museums
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The house is only 10 minutes away from the harbour by bus (n°8) in a small street. You enter through the kitchen and in each room you find explanations in English but also in French (they have probably other languages). The visit of the house takes a bit less than 30 minutes but it's nice to see how Charles Dickens... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The first thing to say is that, yes, this is a very small museum and won't take much time to walk around. However, if you accept this limitation there is still a lot to recommend it. You start off in the kitchen which has been transformed into the shop and then you walk upstairs where 'Elizabeth Dickens' greets you with... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A bit disappointing as there are not a lot of artifacts on display. The house is small and half an hour should do the trick. If you are driving there, there is parking less than 5 minutes away.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife wanted to visit this house and we were both disappointed in the amount of original items belonging to the Dickens family.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Charles Dickens' Birthplace is a small terraced house in a back street area of Portsmouth. It is not an impressive house and there is not much inside but still worth a visit to see where the great man was born and to learn more about his life and works.

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southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

For me this was a most fascinating look into one of our most acclaimed authors , you can almost sense the presence of the man and feel his love for his writing. I will definitely make a return visit

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Top Contributor
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

If you are an avid fan then you should visit.....or maybe not ? you see the house has been restored and looks splendid however the area it is in has not, well it kinda has but the residents seem to object to anything nice so they keep messing it up, Buckland is a place where people that live there seem... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

we went with great enthusiasm to see it as I have studied his books for English literature. what a disappointment. There was only a plaque mentioning the place -no parking and the museum was closed.

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