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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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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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Step back into History

Fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the worlds most famous authors. Each room dressed in period furnishings and lots of information, beware there are lots of stairs to... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the worlds most famous authors. Each room dressed in period furnishings and lots of information, beware there are lots of stairs to climb, but luckily the builders of the time managed to fit in a modern lift!!

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a couple of hours looking around this great museum. Compact and informative. Took you back to the time hedgehog in the kitchen to eat all the bugs!. Then a great lunch in the cafe a great toasted sandwich a salad and quiche with 2 pieces of delicious cake to follow. Well worth a visit and good value for money.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charles Dickens Museum cost 9 pounds. We spent an hour and a half there learning about this famous writer who was responsible for such classics as David Copperfield and Tales of Two Cities. The museum was Dicken's home and consisted of several storeys, each room told an aspect of his life, from his early years to his later years.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charles Dickens Museum, located at 48 Doughty Street, is the home of the author himself. It is laid out as it might have been when the author, his family & staff lived there beginning in 1837. This museum was gorgeous, and absolutely filled with literary treasures. Even if you are not a fan of Dickens (do such people even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great museum, placed in the one remaining house that Dickens lived in in England. Focus in primarily on an accurate presentation of life during the few years Dickens lived here. For example, Dickens had a great desire to entertain friends and laid on what luxuries he could, despite the fact that the dining room was small. Very interesting to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent museum devoted to all aspects of Charles Dickens. The information is very thorough and visitors are not rushed in reading the display captions. You may learn things about Dickens that change your impression of him, but they're testimony to the unbiased historical information provided by the museum. Plan on spending more time here than you originally budget.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked from Russell Sq and followed the directions, which are easily spotted. The museum itself is full of Dickens artifacts, from his life and his family. You get the chance to see how the Dickens household would have looked like in the 19th century even for the servants. Even the tea room and shop in the adjoining house are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing on Google Maps that it was open until 5pm, we walked to the museum and arrived at 4:30. The person at the front told us they won't accept any new visitors. She then continued reading her book. No apology, or helpful advice or attention. A complete waste of time even if we wanted to have a quick look around.... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic morning spent in the Dickens museum. A wonderful collection of exhibits. The house/ museum really "lived" for my friends and myself due not only to the large number of authentic exhibits, but due to them being thoughtfully displayed to give a real insight into Dickens life and character, and to Victorian life in general. The museum is hugely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read only a couple of Dickens's major novels I wasn't a dedicated fan and, prior to our visit to this museum, knew very little about this great man's life. Of all the museums we visited during our recent trip to London this is the one where I gleaned the most information, learning much about Dickens's personal and professional life... More 

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