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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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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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Don't forget your torch!

A unique experience unlike anything I've ever witnessed before and very educational. Essential you read up on website as much as you can before going as there are no guides and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Greater London, UK
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

as others have said, read up un the website what to expect, then just walk thru silenty and hear, see, smell, experience history of the less-than-rich over the history of London. Hard to explain without giving too much away. Just do it, preferably on one of the twilight appointments. there is a hopping locals pub across the way, so OK... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Unforgettable for the wrong reasons.....This is a dead house. The whole atmosphere and ambience of the house, and drab staff who are custodian while you peer into the past and become 'part' of the experience leaves the visitor very flat, and disappointed. The pretentious notes and statements left in view for the visitor to read are insulting.....in other words if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A unique experience unlike anything I've ever witnessed before and very educational. Essential you read up on website as much as you can before going as there are no guides and very few notices in the house to explain what's what. 10 different rooms are on view from basement to attic, not user friendly for those with mobility issues and... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

There is nothing quite like this that we have come across in the uk or Europe. Certainly it is a memorable experience even now when the original creator is sadly no longer with us. I suspect it was possibly a more intense but potentially rather stressful visit in the past given the tales of visitors being deemed unsuitable occasionally. Now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My husband and i just visited this wonderful house, it is true what they say it is an experience of stepping back into a time past, my husband said it felt and wished to be a place to sit down and take a sip of port and a slice of pie, but you have to respect the atmosphere it creates... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I'd only learned of this place recently, in the book "Hidden London," and made a mental note to visit on my recent trip to the UK. I was prepared, I thought, for the house's oddness, but it was even stranger than I expected. Wandering silently through the candlelit rooms, eyeing the dizzying array of furnishings, art and decor, sniffing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This place is so fascinating . It is as if you walk into a room and the occupants have just left it. With smells representing what they were doing . It is like you have interrupted them . It is like a rare moment where you become lost in another era . I recommend this to everyone going to London... More 

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

What an amazing place you walk round in silence and imagine you are transported back in time. Every detail is thought of. I want to go again.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I went on one of silent evenings. It was an interesting experience and different from the many reconstructed museum based houses I have been in. It took a while to adjust to the lighting and I enjoyed the 'feel' of what living in a house at a certain period in history would have been like. Is it a perfect reconstruction?... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Stepping inside Dennis Severs living museum is like no other.. From the moment you walk in the first thing that hits you are the wonderful aromas of both the exhibits but also of the time. Each floor depicts a different period of time and social standing. I do not want to spoil its charm by giving away too many secrets... More 

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