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Dr. Johnson's House

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
City of London
+44 20 7353 3745
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All reviews fleet street english dictionary national trust members great man cheshire cheese his life nt members half price entry lovely period house preserved house his contemporaries fascinating glimpse small museum fascinating place to visit several floors worth a visit public toilets
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you walk around London rather than take the tube you see so much more of this beautiful city. Historical importance as this is where Dr Johnson worked on the first English dictionary - nothing like the hilarious episode of ‘When Black Adder met Dr...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a squeaky floor historic house tucked away down a winding alley. ...you may need google maps to find it! It is an impressive building and they have some nice artefacts but the place lacked background to his life and why he travelled. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Martyn H
Reviewed January 6, 2019

This is the home that Dr Samuel John rented and lived in when he worked on Engish dictionary. There isn't a massive amount to see, but what's there is high quality and more it's it's historically important association with Samuel Johnson. Much of the exhibits...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

We went during open house weekend meaning it was free and definitely worth visiting. It was a small enough house but you can spend a bit of time. It’s got plenty of information and is interesting as an old house and for its history even...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Very disappointed as we travelled up from Sussex especially to visit Dr Johnson House. It was closed despite saying it was open on the website. I phoned and the message telling me the opening hours also assured me it was open although I was standing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Was OK, but wasn't a lot to see here and couldn't use my NT for Scotland card to get a discount. Very empty in terms of visotors, which I wasn't that surprised about. Quite expensive for what it was. I knew about this house as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank durham05
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

The staff here are rude. The man just sat at the desk reading a book didn’t even explain anything. Wasn’t obvious if you had to pay or where to go or what to do. I actually laughed at how ignorant he was in his face....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dr Johnson’s house. Found it by chance after visiting his favourite pub. Many interesting things to see including his dictionary. The lady on reception was delightful, so nice to engage with someone who loves their job so much. Had so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Very calm atmosphere in the house, hardly anyone there. Interesting information around the house, and of course the Garret at the top where the two volumes of the dictionary are present for you to browse and enables you to imagine yourself working with Dr Johnson...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed October 24, 2018

A museum such as this has one job, to tell the story of Johnson's life. This is just a few bits and pieces of his life just thrown together. Best thing to do is to take one of the books out of the library and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from JulesF91 | Reviewed this property |
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