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Dennis Severs' House

#218 of 1,529 things to do in London
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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
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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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I had read in advance what the house was about and what we would see, but it hadn't occurred to me that my adult daughter wouldn't have anything to read about the exhibits, or... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Close your lips.Keep them tightly shut.Allow your sight,touch,smell,hearing and most importantly-your imagination to immerse you in the past and lead you round this visceral collection.Has to be experienced to be understood.Flickering light encapsulates the period and leaves imprinted memories.Wow!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a seventeenth century house that was lovingly restores by Californian Anglophile Dennis Severs. Instead of aiming for trad conservation he created an amazing experience. Each of the house's ten rooms is created as a perfect diorama from a different period of its life. So as you move up from kitchen to servants' rooms and back you step into... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had read in advance what the house was about and what we would see, but it hadn't occurred to me that my adult daughter wouldn't have anything to read about the exhibits, or that I wouldn't be allowed to explain it to her as we went. You have to go around in total silence. I enjoyed the experience but... More 

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Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In and out in 20 mins. I love a museum & was recommended by a friend who goes twice a year every year. For us there wasn't enough info about what we were seeing. Just written scalds of "why are you reading this" type scorned messages. Realise the darkness was for atmosphere but it was too dark to see. Too... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is decorated with different rooms with interior from 1724 - 1914 (each room with it's own period) and spread over several floors. They have tried to create the sensation that you enter all the rooms just as the inhabitants has left. We visited on a so-called "silent night" where visitors are asked to be silent and so much... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been wanting to visit for years and thankfully the stars aligned and I made it down in time to see the Christmas installation. I have a wonderful book about this house but even that doesn't do it justice. Dennis Severs House is truly magical, walking around in silence allows you to truly soak up the atmosphere, to hear... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited one evening while the Christmas setting was still in place and found it enjoyable if a little self-indulgent. It was a little odd to find the 1915 room included a small coronation portrait of The Queen, a tree ornament in the shape of a Routemaster bus, and two ceramic poppies from 2014.

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Mt. Sinai, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To enter this home in total quiet, absent of modern day utilities such as heat and light. One is to surrender to their senses and imagination to experience what our artist is trying to convey to us. Illumination is courtesy of candlelight, and the sounds we hear are reminiscent of times gone by. Horses clip clopping outside the windows, fire... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dennis Severs' House is remarkable and it gets more so as you proceed through the house. The most evocative rooms are those at the very top of the house: the least at ground level. You have to move around the house in silence and this builds a sense of being actually there, in that time period, far more than a... More 

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York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Think of rooms in a National Trust property recreated to evoke a specific time in history, add a few spooky bits and lots of candles, make some corners look particularly delapidated and you've pretty much got this place. Except there is next to no signage to explain the purpose and background to the displays which is frustrating and the way... More 

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