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Dr. Johnson's House

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Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
Phone Number: 020 7353 3745
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A history nerd sanctuary!

If you're into discovering the real London and skipping the common places this is for you. Dr Jonson was one of the most colourful and transcendent characters in Britain's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're into discovering the real London and skipping the common places this is for you. Dr Jonson was one of the most colourful and transcendent characters in Britain's cultural history. Within walking distance from St.Paul's cathedral this is a lovely little house beautifully preserved is a nice little visit stepping into the past. Don't miss the statue of Dr... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an unexpectedly enjoyable and interesting visit - I confess that I didn't know a lot about Dr Johnson before I visited but went away better informed and having had a pleasant morning in a lovely period house tucked away in the city of London. The information cards in each room were well written and helpful and the 4... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting house . . . creaky wood floors, central staircase, beautiful details everywhere. The security system Dr. Johnson had installed for his front door is pretty awesome, and one floor has options to convert the space for use as one or two rooms with a large landing. Ingenious. Each room has several chairs to sit and read the laminated... More 

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Mount Holly, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simply furnished, somehow the aura of Johnson and his friends permeates this tribute to the great man of letters of the 18th century. Able curator Celene provides valuable insight into the world of Dr. Johnson, and is sparking continued interest on Facebook with information about events and other happenings at the Gough Square house/museum, along with facsimile quotes from Johnson's... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

My husband is a fan of Samuel Johnson so we went to this museum. It is a very well maintained and interesting museum. It helps to study up on Samuel Johnson's writings and biography before attending the museum unless you know a lot about him already. It allows for a greater appreciation for all of the historical material that is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Accidental find during an otherwise excellent trip to London. No sign outside to indicate costs and as national trust members assumed free entry . Gained entry and asked if could use one family card to gain entry for both of us ( other card left at home ) . Thought possibly not and would need both cards so we wernt... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

I first visited this interesting house many years ago, but had to go back during my latest trip to the U.K. In the Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes film "Dressed to Kill," the stolen bank plates are hidden on the top floor of this house. But the landing in the film looks nothing like what I remembered. Now a new book says... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This unrestored four story building was home to Dr. Samuel Johnson, one of the great literary and philosophical minds of the 1700s. It's quirky enough that when you are tired of the endless crush of tourists at the usual haunts visit this off track place for reflection and inspiration. He was a prodigious writer, built and published the first dictionary,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Tucked away behind Fleet st this was the home of Dr Johnson, compiler of the first comprehensive English dictionary. It is a smallish 4 story house. There really isn't that much to see. The architecture is plain as is the decoration of the rooms. There is little furniture. You won't be seeing the house as it was lived in. There... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is a deceptively fascinating and worthwhile destination. Though it lacks actual furniture that belonged to the great man, it is a wonderfully evocative place, hidden away in the centre of the city. The walls are lined with famous paintings of friends and colleagues, so it is like being their guest. There's enough information provided to be useful without being... More 

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