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Dr. Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
+44 20 7353 3745
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Dr Johnson's House is 300-year-old. It is situated amongst a maze of courts and alleys near fleet... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ranjanapathak
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Orlando, Florida
A very informative, pleasant, educational visit.

My wife suggested this visit as we had a free morning. We were just wandering around London as is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amritadasa L
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
City of London
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+44 20 7353 3745
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Dr Johnson's House is 300-year-old. It is situated amongst a maze of courts and alleys near fleet street. Samuel Johnson lived and worked here. He compiled his Dictionary of the English Language. The House is open to the public. Entry is by ticket. It is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife suggested this visit as we had a free morning. We were just wandering around London as is our want and found the house just a short walk from Blackfriars Station, but Chancery Lane tube station or even Covent Garden wouldn't be too far...More

Thank Amritadasa L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Without all the personal items and sense of intimacy which pervades Charles Dickens' house, this is still an excellent way for fans of the English language and lovers of Jacobite buildings to spend a couple of hours. The house is tucked away down at the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent insight into the life in 18th century London. Fascinating place, lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square where Dr Samuel Johnson spent several years with his family, whilst he was compliling the first English dictionary. You may need...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I felt privileged being able to visit the house of this great man. The house is beautifully restored, making you feel like you're stepping back in time. The furniture and the paintings are all connected to Dr. Johnson, giving you an accurate idea of him....More

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Wonderful to see where the most famous of the first English dictionaries was complied and also to learn much about John'stons life and friends. The house is just as interesting to see how people lived in the 1700's in London. The chain on the door,...More

1  Thank Davec0l
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

This is a lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square. The volunteer was very helpful and gave us a clear idea of what to look out for and what to read. there are some interesting items and books in the...More

2  Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

A Grand old building tucked away from the main thoroughfare. Lots of information all the way around about the building, the dictionaries and the people who lived there. Easy to move from floor to floor, kids loved the dressing up area and tried on lots...More

1  Thank helgre2016
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

I visited both to see Dr Johnson's house and also to see it as an example of a surviving house from that period. It was interesting to see the interior decor and colours from the period. Also, the layout was interesting. It's a shame that...More

1  Thank Nigel D
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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable hour wondering around this old house, it's a miracle it survived the blitz. Make sure to look out for the original front door on the way out complete with security chain!

2  Thank Richard R
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It's small, and there isn't a lot there, so I would say an hour would be enough. But there is a library so if you want to peruse the books, then allow longer. The staff are also great - if it's not too busy they are happy to... More
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