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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
44 2392 827261
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Ranked #23 of 49 attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Specialty Museums
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This building is located within a very attractive street, in a rather run down area of Portsmouth. The staff are friendly and unintrusive and the museum itself is fairly interesting. However, there isn't an awful lot to see so it doesn't take long to look round. There are some interesting facts about his life, and mistresses and I did learn... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This gives you a brief history about dickens. Including a lock of his hair and the coach he died on in Kent. If you are in or around Portsmouth this is a must see and is well hidden so must look carefully. It is really cheap with free kids with just 1 adult. Less than an hour is recommended. It... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I'm a huge fan of Dickens so was very excited to visit the house where he was born. It exceeded my expectations: the staff were so friendly and enthusiastic; the house was decorated and maintained really well; and I loved that you could visit the room in which Dickens was born, and the couch on which he died, in the... More

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Although Dickens only lived here a few months, the house gave us an idea how his parents lived before falling on hard time into the debtors' prison. The exhibit was Interesting and well organized. The tour guide in her Georgian period costume was informative. Enjoyed the visit.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

As a huge Dickens fan...travelling to places like Rochester, Broadstairs & area's of London, this is a 'Mecca' for me...His birthplace...I would class this as a 'memorial museum to the great man really & is very interesting...based on 4 floors, showing various personal artefacts belonging to Charles Dickens..as people have said..its like stepping back in time - actually to the... More

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