I'm a huge fan of Dickens so was very excited to visit the house where he was born. It exceeded my expectations: the staff were so friendly and enthusiastic; the house was decorated and maintained really well; and I loved that you could visit the room in which Dickens was born, and the couch on which he died, in the same place. The staff said a lot of people tend to find that quite morbid, but I thought it was a great contrast. I'm a sucker for a gift shop, too, and enjoyed looking at all the little Dickensian items for sale (and buying one or two for myself!).
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