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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

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Address: 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
Phone Number: 44 2392 827261
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Quaint

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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410 reviews 410 reviews
250 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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.

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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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142 reviews 142 reviews
48 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
40 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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