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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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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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weird and wonderful

Dan Cruickshank, in his program, said you either love it or hate it. I certainly did not hate it but love is slightly strong. I found that walking into candle-lit history with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dan Cruickshank, in his program, said you either love it or hate it. I certainly did not hate it but love is slightly strong. I found that walking into candle-lit history with only the sound of a creaking floorboard was an entertaining, enlightening and a thoroughly interesting experience with a bit of quirk on the side. Easily accessible within 5... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How refreshing to tour an atmosphere venue and historic house in total silence. Being a London Blue Badge guide and docent in several museums and cathedrals , I felt my visit here was memorable especially as you discover on your own. Oh yes, I was dying to to tell my mate why the bergamot had the special container by the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had no idea what I was up for. It was quite... eccentric. The entire set up. I couldn't get it. Despite that, I found it an interesting concept and very random. I paid £15 for it, but I find it slightly overpriced. I would suggest going for the afternoon tours instead, which are £10. Btw, this is not a... More 

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very intrigued initially and enjoyed my walk around in silence but it was short and sweet and it felt disappointing when we were ushered out of the door after only half an hour visit. For £10 each I thought it was a bit pricey, even for London, as basically you are walking round a terraced Georgian house that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most profound 'other worldly' experience I have ever had. I was completely immersed in the atmosphere and felt pleasantly unhurried. The staff reorganised my visit time so I could fit it in to catching my train. Thanks. I loved it and having planned to visit for at least three years, I was not disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dennis Severs House provides a unique opportunity to travel back in time, silently and by candlelight. There are sounds, smells, and oh so many sights to intrigue you. Rustling and voices reach you from the next room. A story is playing out, here but what is it? Been wanting to go for years, and finally made it. Highly recommended!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having seen Denis Severs house featured on many history shows ( Cruikshank ,Hutton et al ) I had high hopes our Open House visit would be an enjoyable one . I had noted comments both on reviews here and on their website about ,that for historical " accuracy " , the rooms are only candle lit . I have the... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I understand the point of this house experience. And after decades working in the arts and teaching literature, I understand how and why Severs was asking visitors to tap into the power of their imaginations. I didn’t expect rigid historical accuracy, but the picture of Queen Elizabeth II in the “Victorian” room was rather jarring. It all may well have... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited early evening and in the beginning there were only 5 of us wandering and admiring the rooms. This number increased as people are booked in 15 min slots. We were welcomed outside and told that silence inside was paramount, presumably so we could soak up the atmosphere of this small "time capsule" that is elaborately staged, as if... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building and its contents are set up as a work of art albeit full of antiques. As an immersive work of art it is detailed and well thought out but in common with many innovative works like this it can be difficult to grasp for a lot of us. If you want to see a period home presented in... More 

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