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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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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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A fascinating place to visit, wonderfully evocative of a bygone age. Staff extremely helpful and the resident cat (Whitechapel I believe) kept visitors guessing...is he real or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Bantry, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A fascinating place to visit, wonderfully evocative of a bygone age. Staff extremely helpful and the resident cat (Whitechapel I believe) kept visitors guessing...is he real or not? Still puzzling broad-beans growing around the door

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I was so excited to visit this place and did enjoy myself. The smells of the house are intoxicating and there are so many interesting objects in each room. Take your time! I saw many more things on my second lap around the room than the first. I would have loved to visit alone - the presence of others taints... More 

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

This is well worth taking time to visit. It is unlike anything else. Knock on the door when you arrive, pay the £10 entry and receive instructions for viewing. Try to keep quiet (impossible for some people when we visited) as this adds to the experience. The house is a real look back at history and gives an idea of... More 

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Montaren et St Mediers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I have wanted to visit this house for many years but my visits to London have never managed to tie in with the very limited opening hours. Eureka!! This time I made it. Advance booking IS NOT required but I advise that you arrive as close to the midday opening time as possible as there will be a queue. Small... More 

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Wiltshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Spotted this place in the unusual things to do in London book...you must book in advance and it isn't open every day. Located in a lovely Street with other Huguenot houses. From the moment you walk in you must not speak but take in the sights, sounds and smells...really cool house and excellent art installation. Don't expect it to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a very special place, where you get close to time travel, and get a sense of history. It mixes uniquely theatre, social history and exhibits. It is to be experienced and treasured.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We booked a night tour as son had already done a tour during the day. We really enjoyed the tour and son said it was a totally different experience doing it at night. The use of other senses was a unique experience. I was also great to be able to move through the house on your own and really get... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This isn't really a museum, although it is a lovingly preserved house built in 1725, and presents a look at what a real house might have been like in the 18th and 19th centuries. It's more art and theater than museum, striving to look as if you have just missed the residents as they left the rooms. It is dark,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This house is packed to the rafters. Where do you look first? Candles light the rooms, the smell of an unfinished meal, the sound of churchbells and horses hooves surround you. To step back in time, hold back and get a room to yourself for a moment then close your eyes and take in the intense atmosphere. This place is... More 

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Rockport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

...it is a magical experience. You hear bells tolling and horses clopping on the cobbles, smell herbs and foods, and see amazing collections of stuff, as if the inhabitants just stepped out. Everywhere you look there is something new to delight. The spare signage helps orient you, and reminds you to soak it all in, and leave the modern world... More 

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