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Dr. Johnson's House

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Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
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+44 20 7353 3745
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11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English...

The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.

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Evocative and atmospheric

Beautifully preserved Georgian house tucked away in small court, surrounded by modern buildings. It was quiet when we visited so we almost had the rooms to ourselves and were able... read more

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautifully preserved Georgian house tucked away in small court, surrounded by modern buildings. It was quiet when we visited so we almost had the rooms to ourselves and were able to take our time going round. It's not lavishly furnished but still manages to evoke the authentic atmosphere of a Georgian residence. For anyone interested in that period I would... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting property tucked away off Fleet Street. many artefacts and copies of Dr Johnsons books including his famous dictionary. Spent 90 mins looking around which was great value for admission charge of only £6. 5 minutes from St Pauls if you want to combine a visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This house has a very special atmosphere and because it's off the beaten track, you're likely to have rooms to yourself. I appreciated the many artefacts which had actually belonged to the great man or his friends (like Garrick's trunk) and to learn that the top floor, where he had written his amazing dictionary at a long table with several... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NT members get a discount! We visited on a weekend trip to London: my husband used to work in the city and often walked past the house and wondered what was inside. What an interesting little place, with the most space-efficient staircase I've ever seen, and an ingenious arrangement on one floor whereby two rooms can be opened out into... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small museum but bound with the history of Fleet Street and the city. For lovers of history, London city walks and building, linguistics, dictionaries ...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Discovered Dr. Johnson's House quite by accident whilst on a walk from Fleet Street towards the Southbank and had to pay a visit. The house is neatly hidden away in a complex of modern buildings, making it something of a hidden gem. I'm going to guess that I'm not the only person who found themselves there by chance. The actual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

This was a lucky find whilst having something for lunch in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub on Fleet Street. It's a small oasis of history in an area dominated by modern office blocks. The fact that it exists at all is a cause for wonder. You can dress up,see the original dictionary and browse through a fascimile of the famous... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Dr. Johnson's House is tucked away in the backstreets of Holborn but well-worth finding it. This Grade I listed building was once home to the 18th-century English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. You know him, he wrote the Dictionary of the English Language. The House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Samuel Johnson is the one that created the first English dictionary. A small museum about him and at the same time one of the finest examples of domestic houses in the 17th Century. 5 storey house, with a lot of factsheets to read further and a replica of the original dictionary. The most famous London quote; "When a man is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

This place is really worth a visit! It is like a trip into 18th century London. It is a good occasion to learn something about the Dictionary's author, Samuel Johnson, and his life. On the 4th floor of this historic House, you will find an original sized copy of the world's most famous English Dictionary - year 1755 -. Don't... More 

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