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Dr. Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England (City of London)
020 7353 3745
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Ranked #265 of 1,098 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Lincolnshire
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43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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Mount Holly, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a great museum not too far off Fleet Street that is great for literary enthusiasts. As the writer of the dictionary. Just follow the signs and you will find it. Another one of those historic homes run by The National Trust. Take the tube to Chancery Lane and follow the those signs. Do not get discouraged as it... More

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Gtr Manchester
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A small but fascinating little place that gives a rare insight into the private life of a historic figure.

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Milton Keynes, England
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18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is one of the great museums in the UK. It charts the history of Dr Samuel Johnston, essayist and lexicographer of repute. We owe him a gratitude of debt and I hope one day he will be studied by British children instead of just American children. A must see not far from Fleet street.

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