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Dr. Johnson's House

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Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
Phone Number: 020 7353 3745
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English...
The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.
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Interesting way to spend an hour

This isn't packed full of stuff or incredibly exciting but it does feel like stepping into a house he just stepped out of. I liked having to knock on the door to get in! The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Midlands, UK
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Midlands, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This isn't packed full of stuff or incredibly exciting but it does feel like stepping into a house he just stepped out of. I liked having to knock on the door to get in! The bolts inside the (other) front door are original. It was interesting to walk around an old house with no barriers or signage, just an old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I first visited London 45 years ago and remain an Anglophile. Over the years, the greater pleasure has been visiting the less popular but more authentic places, of which Dr. Johnson's House among my favorites. It' placement in the heart of the city (but somewhat privately, off Fleet St.) is very calming, as is its simple exterior. Read a Johnson... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Visited this house after seeing Benjamin Franklin's house. While that was unfurnished and allowed us to see the basic architecture this house was furnished. It was great seeing how the spaces in the house could be opened up or sub-divided as necessary. However, this was Samuel Johnson's house - one of the most famous and influential characters of the 18th... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The house, just off Fleet Street, is one of 17 addresses lived in by the famous Doctor in London, but the only one that still exists thanks to the efforts of a philanthropic couple just over 100 years ago. It almost seems incongruous now, surrounded as it is by modern buildings. Inside there is plenty of artwork and some furniture,... More 

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Northampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A lovely, small attraction to learn more of Dr Johnson and his diary. Do note this is an old house with many floors and uneven steep stairs throughout but definitely worth a visit!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

You wouldn't normally find this house by chance, as it's tucked away in a lovely cobbled back alley, but put it on your "less obvious tourist" to-do list as this guy wrote the first English Dictionary single handed (while the French apparently took a whole group much longer to do theirs). And make sure you don't miss the nice Cat... More 

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essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Sympathetically restored and maintained, a lovely house in Gough Square. A step back in time to the Regency era, maintaining most of the original features, and basically furnished, giving a good insight into the slightly less affluent Society home. A Very good DVD is available to watch, on a small screen with headphones, and is very informative on the house... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We saw Dr Johnson's house advertised on the London map and then came across it by accident as it took a bit of finding following the location street indicator. Dr Johnson was an 18th century english writer and was the creator of the 1st English Dictionary. We understand he had 5 secretaries working for him to compile the dictionary which... More 

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Tucked up alley amid modern buildings this is not the sort of place you would find unles you sought it out but it is worth a visit. Interesting fact sheets in all the rooms. Half price with national trust ( or in our case Scottish National Trust ) cards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A small but interesting museum- particularly for fans of etymology! Visiting here will enable you to get a real sense of the past. On the day of our visit cups of tea were being served in the parlour which I thought was a nice touch. Used our 2 for 1 vouchers as we visited London via train.

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