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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
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

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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Hidden Historic House

Visited with a group for guided tour. What a fascinating house! The curator was a charming young lady who gave us a wonderful insight into Sam Johnsons life and the phenomenal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jan R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited with a group for guided tour. What a fascinating house! The curator was a charming young lady who gave us a wonderful insight into Sam Johnsons life and the phenomenal achievement .....his famous dictionary....which took him 9 years to complete.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool house as it may have been in the 18th Century when Dr Johnson lived there. Great displays on walls. The house has a lovely small gift shop

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Welcoming staff. Information sheets provided in every room. Interesting to be able to handle and read a facsimile copy of Johnson's dictionary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been to the house some years ago and thought it would be a good place to take a friend visiting from Bristol who had read several of Samuel Johnson's works a while back, but these were now rather blurred in memory. The little alleyways off the Strand that surround the site make for an entertaining wander around. You... More 

Thank Barzini
Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking down the Strand I saw a signpost to this house where Dr Johnson spent 9 years working on his English dictionary. It has clearly been modified somewhat since his day but is very well presented and importantly gives lots of information about Dr Johnson and his life and friends. I had the audio file but in fact the information... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

The house is hidden behind big buildings and not well signed. The house is pretty and staff are very welcoming. There are leaflets in every room that provide the history of the place. The house is relatively small so it won't take more than an hour to visit it. They organise events so it's worth checking their website.

Thank Caroline P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I visited the house briefly as I was working in the area and entry was free for the weekend. It is a fascinating place to visit and I felt I had been transported back in time somewhat. Friendly staff at the door.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I spent an hour or so here. You cannot help but be impressed by Doctor Johnson. Make sure you take a look through the copies of his dictionary on the top floor. Brilliant. Couldn't find 'sausage' though.

Thank Paul B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

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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