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Dr. Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
020 7353 3745
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Ranked #198 of 852 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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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 are still standing.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Down the backstreets of 17th century London, close to Fleet Street; this townhouse once owned by the author of the first English dictionary is a must have for anyone who likes a bit of history and architecture. Only a few of Dr johnson's belongings remain, but enough for an evocation if you know what I mean. Pair up the museum... More

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West Country
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42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We were winding our way to Covent garden from Southwark, taking an off the beaten track route, more interesting, when we spotted the sign for Dr Johnsons house. Not being in a hurry, we said why not. Hidden in a little courtyard, is his house, and the talking statue of hodge the cat. If you are a. National trust number... More

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We didn't know this little house existed but happened to follow another couple up a little alleyway in the City of London. We came into many courts of law and hidden streets which are worth a walk through. We saw Dr Johnsons house and went in. It's about £4.50 to enter but reduced if you are in the NT. There... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent example of a small, well set up museum. It enables the visitor to find their way about the house learning about how it provided a secure base for Samuel Johnson's groundbreaking work on his Dictionary. Background explanations are provided in each room and explain the living conditions and it's uses, as well as the lively literary... More

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My daughter and I visited this museum on a Saturday morning. It is in a part of London with little bits of history round every corner. The museum is arranged over several floors and is full of fascinating pieces of furniture and art. There are even some dressing up costumes! As Dr Johnson compiled the first dictionary, it is definitely... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Anyone interested in etymology or the history of the English language should definitely visit this place. Hidden just off of the busy road, the house boasts its original architecture (with charred beams from the Blitz) and has been wonderfully preserved. You can either wander around yourself, stopping to read the small cards in each area, or book for the curators... More

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I have not visited Dr. Johnson's house (I live in Boston), but I intend to, soon -- when I have finished a course of physical therapy for a weak back, sore shoulders, and plantar fasciitis. By his example, Dr. Johnson helps me find the courage to do this -- he overcame disabilities (depression, principally) and poverty ("Slow rises worth, by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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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35 helpful votes 35 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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22 helpful votes 22 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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