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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
44 2392 827261
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Ranked #23 of 50 attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Specialty Museums
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  • English first
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English first
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 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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374 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
52 helpful votes 52 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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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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