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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

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Address: 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 7261
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Interesting place. Worth seeing. Council Estate location bit dodgy but in day light hours you should be alright. Parking on street bit dodgy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting place. Worth seeing. Council Estate location bit dodgy but in day light hours you should be alright. Parking on street bit dodgy.

Thank Siroisan
Deal, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I didn't realise Dickens was born in Portsmouth until reviewing places to visit on TripAdvisor. A great representation of how the house would have been during the 1800's. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk around, but is worth the time if you are in the area and interested in Dickens or the period. The house is furnished with... More 

2 Thank Stuart B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I very much enjoyed a visit to this house. I am a fan of Charles Dickens and couldn't complete this trip without a visit her. It was lovely. Great to get some information from the staff downstairs prior to beginning your self guided tour. There are paddles offering information as you get to each room and some interesting folders with... More 

1 Thank Nataleec7
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I appreciate that the building is of historical significance but, in my opinion, there are other museums that better reflect Charles Dickens. Yes he was born here (7th February 1812) but the family moved away in June 1812. A lot of the artefacts have been borrowed from elsewhere and so do not have a direct bearing on the house. We... More 

1 Thank Pamjo444
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Such a lovely little place, the staff knowledgable and obviously passionate about it, a pity it is not more popular, tucked away in a quaint little street with the church where Charles Dickens was christened too. Nicely preserved and certainly brings your imagination alive, to sit quietly and read the info provided. Well worth a visit for young and older

Thank Jan C
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting, need to bring the children back. Very good value for money. Well worth the visit. Wish we had come earlier

Thank alexr1408
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

I visited this attraction several years ago and very much enjoyed it. The house is so interesting as a home of its period without the Dickens connection. However, this time it was closed and appeared to have very limited opening days and hours. I was so disappointed as I was looking forward to visiting it once more.

Thank gleaver2016
Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

This is sure worth visiting. Delightful house and historical artifacts. Very well presented and gives you a feel of how it was then. The little shop has all the Dickens' books just in case you are missing any!!!

Thank PamelaVio
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Having just spent the last weeks watching Dickesian on the BBC. When visiting Portsmouth with guest I always take them for a historic visit to his old place.

Thank 480michael
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Saturday before mothering Sunday with our 2 mums. All 4 us enjoyed the visit, thought it was a lovely house in a lovely old fashioned road that was luxk to survive the bombing in WW2. We saw the entire house, read all the information boards & looked in the shop but the visit took less than half... More 

Thank Sally T

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