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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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11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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 Georgian house

We came here for a reception/concert and had the chance to wander round the house (by the way it was a lovely space for music). The house is interesting and there are lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We came here for a reception/concert and had the chance to wander round the house (by the way it was a lovely space for music). The house is interesting and there are lots of pictures from the period and a copy of Dr Johnson's dictionary. Well worth a short visit.

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

thanks for that place, a quiet corner in the heart of London city, it is a refuge for the feet (apart from the many stairs) and the eye. Very friendly personell and the many chairs make for a little rest from the busy hours in town.

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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My friend wanted to visit Dr Johnson's House. It was very interesting indeed and easy to go round. You could sit and use the information paddles on the tables which made it all very comfortable to explore. The size of the rooms was very accommodating and the period costumes were fun even though we did only hold them up in... More 

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Bham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Used National Trust card - so 50% off - otherwise would have found it expensive. Haven of tranquillity, nice looking house. Not the most friendly of welcomes - we were not told about guided tour that was under way (yet people that came in after us were) and I had to ask whether I could use the coat rack to... More 

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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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