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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. 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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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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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Randwick, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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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Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
Phone Number: 020 7353 3745
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

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