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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
Phone Number: 020 7247 4013
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era...
Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
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The sort of place that defies definitions. Be prepared to be still and quiet. Use your eyes, your ears and even your sense of smell. Was that a 'real' black cat I just saw out of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Having read about this place on their website, we were all excited to be part of the experience. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations and was not worth the £15 per person entrance fee. To find a William and Kate souvenir mug in a room which was meant to be about Victorian England did not enhance the visit or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The sort of place that defies definitions. Be prepared to be still and quiet. Use your eyes, your ears and even your sense of smell. Was that a 'real' black cat I just saw out of the corner of my eye....or my imagination? Quite unique! NB -Stairs, but no lift, no loos, no 'exit through the gift shop'.

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watford
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I have wanted to see this house for so long. It is fascinating to see somewhere that so atmospherically represents the period of the house. The short presentation before you enter is quite theatrical and personally I think it's best not to overthink it, just enjoy the rooms as a period artwork and let your imagination weave their own story... More 

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I so wanted to be awed by this experience and I so wasn't. We've tried several times to visit and never managed it until this week. I hadn't read the reviews on tripadvisor before going - if I had I probably would have saved myself the £15 each fee for the silent evening tour. This is marketed in a way... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Certainly worth visiting - an extraordinary experience, but let down badly by the absence of any information about the house and the nature and purpose of the project. Also there is no explanation about what the various rooms are meant to represent in terms of period, family history, etc. Furthermore, contrary to the impression given in the website, there is... More 

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london
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Certainly this is an unusual experience and perhaps worth considering but the website does rather oversell it. It does manage to pull off some of what it is attempting but I cannot recommend it wholeheartedly. It claims you either see it or you don't - well I sort of half did, if that is possible! My friend, who is perhaps... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I'm a little conflicted about whether this is an amazing attraction or an attraction that is very flawed. I love the idea of it. A house that has been kept in its period like a time capsule but if you haven't read the information on the website fully before going to the house then the whole experience comes off as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This Huguenot house, is preserved as an observational drawing, each room is like walking into a Hogarth painting, A Northern renaissance piece without the girl with the pearl ear-ring, a pre-raphaelite waiting without the girl rising from the piano seat. This is three dimensional art and three dimensional history all together with a four dimensional attack on the senses. You... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This house could've been exceptional and I think that is why I am so disappointed. I wasn't able to become fully immersed in the experience as I had no clue as to what era I was in, what order to visit the rooms and why the items chosen had been chosen. The house itself is very dark and small and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a very odd experience. I didn't even know it existed even though I've been visiting this area for years and have lived in London all my life. It's very low key, with little sign from the exterior of the delights within. To benefit from the ambience, the smells and the sounds, it would probably be best to try... More 

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