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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 #265 of 1,085 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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Newark, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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
75 helpful votes 75 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A really interesting experience. Like being inside a painting. I loved the fact that we were asked to walk round in silence too (but some people obviously didn't!)

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Wyong Creek, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Denis Sever's house is unlike anything I had ever visited before. You wait outside the door and line up to go inside. There is very minimal signage and you need to know it is there because you,will not stumble across it. You are let into the house in very small groups and told the rules. You are not allowed to... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

An altogether strange and rather unsatisfying experience. Very little, if any, information about the history of the building or its inhabitants, or the different uses to which the various rooms might have been put over the years. The ground floor front room seems to be decorated and furnished with knick-knacks and items roughly contemporary with the period of the house... More

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Newton, MA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A new place we visited this year is the unusual Dennis Sever’s House. It’s off the beaten path and difficult to find, so if you plan to visit make sure you have a detailed map (like an A-Z) or have a map downloaded to your mobile device. It’s in Spitalfields neighborhood so makes a good end to a trip to... More

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
11 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Best to go here without too big of a send-up. I had been trying to do this for years and so maybe I brought too much anticipation to it. I'm sure everyone gets a little something different from it. For me it was the feeling of travelling back in time - to when people all lived in close quarters. Its... More

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