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Dr. Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England (City of London)
020 7353 3745
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Ranked #226 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lincolnshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful Georgian house in a tiny enclave surrounded by ugly modern buildings. We all know Dr Johnson for his dictionary, but he was so much more - philanthropist, emansipationist, feminist and all round nice guy! An absolute treasure and well worth seeking out for a glimpse into Georgian London.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

National Trust members get in for half price so a family of four can visit for only £5 We love historic houses and this was no exception. There was a quiz for the young un and dressng up for us all! Yes we did and yes we did look foolish, but what the !!!! IF you are passing, do pop... More

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Manchester, England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stumbled across this when wandering around Fleet St and its environs. Quite a gem. Clearly run on a small scale, the people are friendly and helpful, and the house is fascinating. Maintained in very much its original glory as a Georgian town house, it's full of interesting furniture and materials belonging to Johnson, his friends and associates. Once you've been... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a great museum not too far off Fleet Street that is great for literary enthusiasts. As the writer of the dictionary. Just follow the signs and you will find it. Another one of those historic homes run by The National Trust. Take the tube to Chancery Lane and follow the those signs. Do not get discouraged as it... More

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Gtr Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A small but fascinating little place that gives a rare insight into the private life of a historic figure.

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Milton Keynes, England
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is one of the great museums in the UK. It charts the history of Dr Samuel Johnston, essayist and lexicographer of repute. We owe him a gratitude of debt and I hope one day he will be studied by British children instead of just American children. A must see not far from Fleet street.

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London, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is the home of the writer of the dictionary Dr Samuel Johnson. I found this place because i am a National Trust member and Dr Johnson's House is one of their partners so we got 50% of the entry fee. This house is in a very quite area on the street, but there are plenty of signs pointing you... More

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Home to dictionary writer Samuel Johnson, this gives you insight as to how he lived and the influences and people around him. Also a beautiful house with beautiful furnishings.

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Oxford, UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

You really feel that you have stepped back 250 years as you walk round this delightful Georgian house. It has been very sensitively preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this great man, as well as his time. The information cards in each room are very clear and informative. Of added interest were the displays about the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

London's Georgian houses have always fascinated me, so it was a delight to be able to visit one preserved so well. Look out for the statue of Dr. Johnson's cat across the square outside - complete with dictionary! A short walk towards Fleet Street and you will find Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a local haunt for both Dr. Johnson and... More

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