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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
Phone Number: 020 7247 4013
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life...

Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.

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Living history, sensory experience

The house basically takes you on a journey of a silk weaving family in Spitalfields over the centuries. Moving from the bottom to top you have a view at how life changed for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The house basically takes you on a journey of a silk weaving family in Spitalfields over the centuries. Moving from the bottom to top you have a view at how life changed for the family over time. You don't speak, you see, smell and listen to things that have long gone. You become part of the houses' history and the... More 

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Thank HarleMin
Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I were not sure what to make of this place. Buy an old house fill it with antiques, place a few thought provoking cards around and charge £10 per person to walk around it in absolute silence. What a way to make easy money. The student on the door and the students inside were not in any... More 

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Thank Robert K
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unless you are already in the area, like visiting the Tower of London, with extra time on your hands, I would skip this. The house has about 10 rooms with articles from previous centuries, and there are no explanations about what you're seeing (and many of the rooms had the exact same china, making me dubious). You walk around in... More 

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Thank Anna M
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great but way to expensive , no magic involved & staff not even dressed in period costume . Felt bit ripped off . Billed as smells and sounds of historic London . Heard a clock Chime and there was a scented candle .,

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Thank Gmickbrighton
Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure what we expected but whilst it was interesting to see rooms which did not have the clinical look of a stately home their ordering was haphazard which threw our logic. Alas we had few smells to tantalise us (Jorvick had more) and we did not feel that the family had just left the room. No it wAs like... More 

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Thank Castleman073
Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For real living history enthusiasts it was fantastic, a glimpse into another age, so atmospheric, I completely loved it.

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Thank Gothicsoul
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is like no place I have never been to before. I was fascinated by how well the rooms were presented--from the arrangements, to the smell! My favourite part of the house is the kitchen downstairs. Visitors are usually grouped in batches that would either go upstairs or downstairs first to avoid overcrowding in certain areas of the house. Ticket... More 

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Thank Orlyne J
Lisbon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a museum. It's an experience. An amazing one. You enter an XVIII century family home and experience the way of living of that time. It's a time capsule. Do not miss it in your next visit to London. Ckeck the schedules. It is not open everyday.

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Thank Filipa_Campilho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even better than my expectations. I wanted to see inside one of these old houses but Dennis Severs house is so much more than a museum. Go with an open mind. Go with a vivid immagination. Prepare to immerse your soul in the atmosphere. Go on a silent night. But DO go.

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Thank Janet B
Keene, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Haunting art experience. The Dennis Severs' House is a brilliant installation piece. The house and contents offer a still life of an imagined time and place that visitors can carefully meander through, sensing and hearing the house's occupants who seem present but perhaps are in another room or just beyond sight. The house too offers a stark contrast to the... More 

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