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Carlyle's House

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Address: 24 Cheyne Row, London SW3 5HL, England
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+44 20 7352 7087
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Absolute hidden gem

The location of Thomas Carlyle's house is charming. ( we accessed it from Battersea Park and Albert Bridge, both lovely). Take a wander around the neighbouring streets for Blue... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 30, 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

The location of Thomas Carlyle's house is charming. ( we accessed it from Battersea Park and Albert Bridge, both lovely). Take a wander around the neighbouring streets for Blue Plaque discoveries. The House is as it was when Carlyle died which is understated and charming. The volunteers are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. There is so much information about the man,... More 

1 Thank ArleneD56
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Lovely hidden gem. The (resident) custodian has done a super job in bringing Mr and Mrs Carlyle to life, in all their wit and wisdom. Little quotes, stories, anecdotes are used from their letters and writing to illustrate their life, their love, their values and beliefs. The domestic arrangements and furniture and fittings were all absolutely perfect for the period,... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This place is worth a visit but hard to get to directly by public transport without a good bit of walking. The house appears small from the outside but once indoors there are some fascinating facts about the main persons who lived here and what they did. The house was mainly occupied by the wife of Thomas Carlyle who lived... More 

2 Thank Harry S
Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

Carlyle's House is in the district of Chelsea in London United Kingdom. This is a peek into the past. Thomas Carlyle, famous for writing 'The French Revolution' amongst other things lived in this magnificent spacious house by the river. This is the way things were in the 1800's and it's as if you have entered another time zone. Like travelling... More 

2 Thank pablochase
cheshire, uk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

The house is a time capsule. Throughout are quotes and excerpts from the writings of Thomas Carlyle and his wife. Both had an acerbic wit and their accounts of life in the 1700s are simply hilarious, with no eye to political correctness. The little garden is stunning.

1 Thank doubledayt
Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

Visited last week. What an amazing house and so beautifully presented. Gave a great insight into Carlyle's life in London. So much to see and the garden was so peaceful. We live near Ecclefechan where he was born so it was wonderful to complete the circle.

2 Thank Gillkw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher and historian who moved to London where he lived most of his life. Because he was idealised in his life time his house was preserved almost from the date of his death. His writings would not appeal to a modern audience, 10 volumes of Frederick The Great anyone? However he had a large following,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

An amazing house, just as it was in 1708. A really atmospheric and unforgettable experience if you are interested in History. A great insight in how people used to live in that era. Highly recommend a visit. Staff very helpful. It was also wonderful to be able to see his garden.

2 Thank PeterPeter99
Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

To be honest I didn't know who Thomas Carlyle was, but as NT members whilst in west London we thought we take the opportunity to visit a new property. The house is set in a side street and we walked some distance so can't comment on parking etc, but using the NT app it's pretty easy to find. We were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

This is s good one for history buffs. The historian Tjomas Carlyle's house is preserved as it was in his time. The old house is beautiful with creaking wooden floors, old drawings and letters written my Mrs. Carlyle describing visits from Dickens and others.

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