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The Charles Dickens Museum

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Address: 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX, England
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+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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A Dicken's experience

A pristine Victorian house in London reflecting on Charles Dickens life. Really well done. A very good insight into the celebrated author.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A pristine Victorian house in London reflecting on Charles Dickens life. Really well done. A very good insight into the celebrated author.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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A must for Dickens fans. The house is full of personal possessions and mementos of his extraordinary life. You will feel like you know the man behind the books a little. Very well laid out museum with lots of quality information alongside the fascinating items on display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even if you are not a major fan of the author, you will learn so much about him in a short time, and be transported back to his day, and learn about London in the Industrial Revolution. Any fan of the author will be blown away by this house - so much original furnishings and accounts of the man and... More 

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Like stepping into his shoes, to experience his inspiration. Grand old home restored to Victorian splendor... loads of stairs. Stay for tea!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although Dickens only lived here for two years - he was a restless workaholic whose financial situation dictated constant change - you really get a sense of what it was like to live in a Georgian/Victorian household. Many original pieces of furniture and lots of literary references, make this visit surprisingly authentic. To follow this up with the suggested walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am so glad my family was able to work this in our itinerary for London. I strongly recommend getting the audio guide. It provides some great information and commentary on all of the rooms in the house and tells about the great life of Charles Dickens. I have read Charles Dickens books, but I didn't know much else than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice historical place to visit. I recommend getting an audio guide. It will really make your experience more enjoyable. The house is small and nicely maintained with nice artifacts with some of the actual pieces. Such a nice historical place to visit! This is definitely a nice place to visit! It's kind of in the middle... More 

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We stopped by the museum because we got free admission with our London card. I am very glad that we decided to visit. The staff is very friendly and you can tell that they enjoy their jobs! The house itself was interesting to tour. You start at the first level then go down to the basement and work your way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visited for the Christmas atmosphere , was not disappointed, very well decorated for Christmaswell kept museum, well looked after and knowledgable staff. good gift area and facilities

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited at Christmas time so the museum was decorated for the holiday completely. As a true Dickens' fan, being in the home where famous literary works were born completely thrilled me. Throughout the house there are examples of his writings, personal letters and artifacts and paintings of his family and friends. While some of the furnishings were not Dickens'... More 

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