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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 #263 of 1,100 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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A terraced house over 5 floors, basically 2 rooms per floor. Furnished and set-up apparently as it was in 1837 when King William IV died and Victoria became Queen. Although extremely interesting I was a tad disappointed as I thought (wrongly) that it was set up as a silk weaver's house. However, it was a silk merchant's house i.e. much... More

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Perth, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This small house is open for very limited hours and only a small number of visitors are allowed on at any one time, with good reason. There's A very charming gentleman at the front door to welcome visitors. The house itself has been left how it was when Dennis Severs died some years ago which is fascinating. There's no electricity... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
45 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 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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