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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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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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A wet Friday evening with a few hours to spare me and my wife visited here . How interesting it was . The story behind Dr Johnson writing one of the first dictionaries is so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Brickwall1
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Derby, United Kingdom

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Derby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wet Friday evening with a few hours to spare me and my wife visited here . How interesting it was . The story behind Dr Johnson writing one of the first dictionaries is so interesting , as is his house . It is off the beaten track so does not get busy and only £4.50 to enter so a... More 

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Thank Brickwall1
Toronto
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you've ever read anything about Dr. Johnson, then this is a great place to visit to get a feeling for how he lived and worked.

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Thank Chaucer65
Windsor, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

I found the house very interesting and it gave a great insight into the life on Samuel Johnson. The house is very off the radar, quiet and not over run with tourists which was very nice to find in the heart of London. I took the audio tour which was good and I would highly recommend.

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1 Thank tp19862011
England
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed our visit here and recommend it to all. It is very tucked away and not at all well signposted from Fleet Street, down an alleyway. Had the place to ourselves this Saturday. Half price entry with National Trust membership card.

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Thank lizcat1
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Something different to do in central London. It's a very quiet attraction and you will be able to walk round at your pace and not fight through other people. When we went it was during the day midweek and we were the only ones there. I really enjoyed seeing the actual house - seeing an old 4/5 floor house in... More 

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Thank Sam B
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

An early Georgian house in a square just off Fleet Street. It’s largely surrounded by modern buildings nowadays but nonetheless the actual square is an unexpected patch of quiet off a busy street. The house is furnished with 18th century pieces and some of Dr Johnson’s personal items, plus there are unexpected little quirky touches such as a log cupboard... More 

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A small museum celebrating Doctor Johnson. Interesting contents which reflect both Doctor Johnson and his times. Well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in literature and history. Inexpensive, and also a National Trust partner, which means members can get in half price. Well worth an hour's visit. (Just off Fleet Street and near the Cheshire Cheese).

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Thank Charles G
Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The house, built in 1700 is a rare example of a residential property of its period. You get a good idea of what it might have been like during Dr. Johnson's occupancy, with its historic interiors, collection of paintings and prints, personal effects and other exhibits (including pages from the first English Dictionary he had compiled in 1755). Here, Dr.... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

Interesting house with great history. I really felt the old London come alive Worth spending half an hour here

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Nr Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
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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