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The Charles Dickens Museum

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Address: Charles Dickens Museum 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7405 2127
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important...

The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important Dickens collection with over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources.Based in 48 Doughty Street, the author’s only surviving London house, we offer visitors the chance to experience what Dickens’s home would have been like and learn more about the great novelist and social commentator. We are open every day of the week, and welcome visitors of all ages.

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This small museum is tastefully arranged to show what family life was like in the city for the young author at the beginning of his popularity. There are the usual letters and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This small museum is tastefully arranged to show what family life was like in the city for the young author at the beginning of his popularity. There are the usual letters and manuscripts, the writing desk, and family pictures. More interesting are photos of places important to Dickens' stories and personal life. There is a lovely back garden and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can't go wrong with this visit a brilliant museum for all the family. Over the years more money has been spent thus the opening of more rooms. Very friendly staff who know their stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Step back in time when you step through the front door of no. 48 Doughty Street, London. I visited on a Saturday and I met Ben who kindly shared his font of knowledge with me of Dickens. The most fascinating artefact for me was seeing part of the actual pen and ink of Oliver Twist, written during his residency at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit since refurb, sumptuous decor, helpful staff, great loo! The shop is small but we'll stocked. A must for Dickens' fans.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far more engaging than the arguably comparable Sherlock Holmes Museum, perhaps because it deals largely with a legitimate historical figure & a man very much in the context of his day, the Charles Dickens Museum is an essential visit for any literate visitor of London. Yes, you may have seen any number of versions of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This visit was really lovely, especially since there was not so much people visiting the house at the same time. The signs are clear, And the staff very welcoming.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum on one of our regular outings with a small group from work. One of us had been before and had suggested it. We met in the cafe, a lovely atmosphere and a nice way to start their late night opening. When we were ready to start our visit, one of the staff gave us a brief... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second museum visit of the day and sadly we were a little disappointed. The previous venue gave us a 'map' and had full explanations whereas this only seemed to have hit and miss introduction, Presumably the rooms are trying to recreate how they would have been when Dickens lived there - and they did this well -... More 

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CharlesDickensMuseum, General Manager at The Charles Dickens Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review the Museum. It's good to hear that you thought the cafe well worth a visit! We are disappointed to hear that you weren't issued a Visitor Plan and Guide. We generally ensure that each guest receives this map and guide to enhance their visit and we do apologise that in this instance you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although Dickens only lived at Doughty Street for a few years, this museum really makes you feel his presence from his walking stick in the hall to the rooms where he and his wife ate and entertained. The information in each room is good and gives you a flavour of his domestic and professional life just as his career was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little museum/ house of charles Dickens. I particularly enjoyed the top floor that is dedicated to Dickens' children and childhood.

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