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Dr. Johnson's House

#349 of 1,527 things to do in London
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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
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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 fascinating trip into history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 9, 2016
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Amazing to find this little house in the middle of the modern area full of corporate offices. I have learned a lot about Dr Johnson and also about traditions and habits of the old days. Interesting powder room in the house I can recommend this for a quiet time in the City

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

For a biographical sketch of this 18th Century writer, the house where he lived in the mid-1700s is a good place to start. Many of his works are on display, but perhaps most interesting is a copy of the original "A Dictionary of the of the English Language". that can be read at leisure; he certainly had some interesting meanings... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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 October 16, 2016 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 September 24, 2016 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 September 23, 2016

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 

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