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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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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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Worth a detour during your London visit!

I was on a London Walks walking tour which ended near here, and the guide recommended it as a visit. Since I like house museums, I decided to try it. It was a wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I was on a London Walks walking tour which ended near here, and the guide recommended it as a visit. Since I like house museums, I decided to try it. It was a wonderful experience. Not only is the house itself worth seeing as a representative of the time (mid-1700s), but the information conveyed about Samuel Johnson is fascinating as... More 

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I think the title says it all. What a wonderfully atmospheric building, full of ghosts and memories of the great man . Well worth a visit any time of year and full of special treats on every floor. on any trip to London it is a must see ! If you have teenagers who are a a little harder to... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Interesting. Not for the average person. But if you are into English literature you will find it enjoyable. He is the father of the modern English dictionary.

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We had not planned to go to this museum. We were just wandering in the area and saw the signs. We could not pass up the opportunity to see where Dr Johnson wrote his famous dictionary. It was worth visiting just to see a Georgian town house but with the added interest of the Dr Johnson story it was fascinating.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Not much to see but a lovely house and I wish I lived there. The modern down-lighters in the ceiling really spoil the overall effect though. Pity they can't be replaced with more appropriate lighting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Dr Johnson's house tucked away behind Fleet Street (cut down beside The Old Cheshire Cheese), is looked after by a private trust. Losing its top story to incendiary bombs in the war, which has been entirely restored, this is the house Johnson rented in London to be near the publisher of his Dictionary. Four levels by two rooms wide, this... More 

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Belleville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

In planning our trip, I chose Dr. Johnson's House as a nod to British literature (we had very limited time in London.) No Shakespeare for us! Dr. Johnson compiled "A Dictionary of the English Language" here, living and working in this house between 1748-1759. A knowledgeable gentleman was working in the reception/tiny gift shop area and after explaining the venue,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The house is in a small but very attractive square just off Fleet Street. The price of admission is reasonable, with concessions available. There are items of furniture on view together with many paintings and prints lining the walls. There are also numerous books lining one or two of the rooms. Each room has a written description available to read... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's lovely to see inside an ordinary 18th c house as opposed to a stately home. I loved seeing intimate objects and letters as well as the paintings. There are lots of information sheets and you get a real sense of the great doctor and his eccentric household. Gough Square outside is nice place to sit with the statue of... More 

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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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