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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 #259 of 1,098 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had wanted to visit this house for quite a while and I found it much more strange and moving than I expected. I think this was because the house is rather a collection of atmospheres based on moods and feelings than of objects and rooms arranged in a dry academical way. I particularly loved the kitchen and the myriad... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This place is on the one hand an unabashedly theatrical, OTT, contrived piece of kitsch - the stark raving bonkers expression of someone who didn't know when to stop collecting stuff. On the other hand it is a genius piece of history lesson brought to life: characterful, witty, poignant, and very evocative of the periods it purports to portray. I... More

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Hove, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I dont want to put anyone off as this is a very personal place. I think I built this house up in my own mind into an experience to be relished When I lelt and even now a day later I am uncertain of what I thought of the place. We went at after 7.00 pm so it was still... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Absolutely amazing experience. We were very moved to find that such a place exists and that we were able to savour the atmosphere. It was just like we were items in an 18th Century painting.

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Yorkshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We loved every aspect of our visit, from the intrigue and anticipation of waiting for the door to open to the indelible memories we took away with us. The sense of mystery surrounding the house is not diminished by stepping inside. Sights, sounds, smells and suggestions fill every room. It is impossible to take everything in and we will definitely... More

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Newark, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The previous reviews are as varied and diverse as Mr.Severs mind appears to be and the contents of his house. I agree that a lot of the features and objects do not truly reflect the time period they purport to represent, and some objects are obviously not antique. Some of the detail is plain wrong, as my friend pointed out... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I've visited a couple of times in the past few years. If you're in London for awhile, I'd recommend making a reservation for a day when you want to have an incredibly unique, meditative experience.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. The atmosphere created by the candle and gas lights, the half finished meals, letters, bedding, washing, etc together with the sounds of the horses passing outside and the noises inside give this an authenticity few old buildings can do. Remeber it was created by an artisit and is not meant to be just... More

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

If interested in Gerogian history this is a wonderful encounter with this period. The smells sights and sounds create the atmosphere of this era. The sounds of horse drawn carriages and the family with a real lived in feel including a cat bring the house to life.

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Milton Keynes, UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had long wanted to see the house but I found it deeply disappointing, very expensive for what it was and very odd. Very dark as others have said and in several of the rooms enormous amounts of china which would not have been there in the era it purported to portray.I didn't understand why there was a couple NY... More

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