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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

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Address: 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
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+44 23 9282 7261
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The house was well organized and maintained

Although Dickens only lived here a few months, the house gave us an idea how his parents lived before falling on hard time into the debtors' prison. The exhibit was Interesting... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2013
Kueimei L
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This gives you a brief history about dickens. Including a lock of his hair and the coach he died on in Kent. If you are in or around Portsmouth this is a must see and is well hidden so must look carefully. It is really cheap with free kids with just 1 adult. Less than an hour is recommended. It... More 

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Thank Hillsea5
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I'm a huge fan of Dickens so was very excited to visit the house where he was born. It exceeded my expectations: the staff were so friendly and enthusiastic; the house was decorated and maintained really well; and I loved that you could visit the room in which Dickens was born, and the couch on which he died, in the... More 

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1 Thank laura4pm
Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Although Dickens only lived here a few months, the house gave us an idea how his parents lived before falling on hard time into the debtors' prison. The exhibit was Interesting and well organized. The tour guide in her Georgian period costume was informative. Enjoyed the visit.

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Thank Kueimei L
London, England, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2013

As a huge Dickens fan...travelling to places like Rochester, Broadstairs & area's of London, this is a 'Mecca' for me...His birthplace...I would class this as a 'memorial museum to the great man really & is very interesting...based on 4 floors, showing various personal artefacts belonging to Charles Dickens..as people have said..its like stepping back in time - actually to the... More 

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1 Thank Chris B
Renton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

For Dickens fan, this little museum is worth it. It is a small museum with information boards in each room along with the couch where Dickens died. I would have liked to have the top floor rooms furnished to see how they would have been used. However, the rooms that are preserved are wonderful. Great value for the admission price.

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Thank Lythia B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

like stepping back in time, a great insight into the life of dickens at the time of his birth, set out over 4 floors museum also has the last resting place of Charles dickens the couch on which he died, the museum is very well kept and staff very informative ,well worth the £4

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Thank thomas s
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The simple but delightful home of a great man. All the rooms are easily viewable, some with no restrictions at all. Hand held cards with details of each room are avaiable in varoius languages. The couch he died on is also there.

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Thank darnoc2511
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wonderfully laid out. Each floor had information about Dickens and his family. Very inexpensive, not crowded, and plenty of time to look round.

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Thank Brandsma
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We visited this attraction en route to Southampton. We were advised by another coming out of the house that it was a good hour spent and it was. House was lovely, plenty to see and read. Good value, did not pay for our ten year old. Very well sign posted with brown signs. I enjoyed it!

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Thank cheryl c
Portsmouth
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Fantastic museum, really nostalgic. Great to see where Dickens was born and the way in which he and his family lived. A must see for all Dickens fans

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