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Dennis Severs' House

18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England (East End / East London)
020 7247 4013
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Ranked #205 of 1,045 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I believe in managing expectations so I don't want anyone to read this and go in expecting to be blown away-- everyone has a unique experience so just go in with an open mind. Before going I had read about Dennis Severs' House and briefly saw it got very high reviews on trip advisor. I didn't want to read much... More

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Sort of an old house museum with a supernatural vibe, the Dennis Severs House has been popular with all the nieces and nephews we've taken there for the candlelit "silent" tours. Marked only by a house number (booking is mandatory) on a backstreet in Spitalfields, the rooms are visit only by candlelight, and by the arrangement of their contents they... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I visited this house for the Monday night candlelit tour and it is an experience I will always remember and cherish. Not only can one get a sense of the family who might have lived there but also of the quirky and passionate nature of Severs himself. I can only reiterate all the positive things mentioned in the reviews below.... More

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Birmingham
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We really didn't know what to expect coming here, but it was a wonderful experience. It truly did feel like the inhabitants of the rooms had walked out and would come back in at any moment. The rooms were all recreated in the Georgian and Victorian periods. It really made us want to read more about Mr Severs, the man... More

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Whitstable
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This felt just like a theatre set just before the curtain went up and you are the actor, the candle light and the sounds really do set the scene.This may not be the same if you went in the day light but I am sure you will not be disappointed. The black cat was spooky but you may not see... More

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Bristol
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I love history so was interested in a slightly different look at this time in a London house. This could have been a living museum but as you were told strictly not to touch, it wasn't. The owner clearly had an idea of what you should get from it, rather than letting you experience it yourself. Even if you were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I loved my visit to this house-museum. Not only is the interior some of the best preserved I have seen but also the candle-light only and the recorded sounds played throughout the house really do take you back in time. For a while I thought that I really live in the 18th century and that I am one of the... More

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Hove, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Before going to the house I read a few reviews on trip advisor and was not sure what to expect as there are a few conflicting reviews. Having just been, I am glad to report that the chap on the front door is not rude but enthusiastic because he knows just how blooming brilliant the house is. If you are... More

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San Francisco, CA
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42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I went on a Monday afternoon as was pretty happy I didn’t take the night tour as I’m sure I would’ve killed myself descending the steps into the lightless cellar. If you want a true vision of what it was like living in the pre-Victorian era, this is as real as you can get. Times are staggered so get there... More

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Manchester
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I'd been wanting to visit for a while and finaly the opening times & our visit to London all fitted together. it was worth the wait and a must if you've had enough of museums filled with glass boxes! We chose to do the 'Silent Night' visit. The house is supposed to make you feel like the residents have just... More

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