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“Charles's Birthplace and House for 5 Months”

Charles Dickens' Birthplace
Ranked #38 of 129 things to do in Portsmouth
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This gives you a brief history about dickens. Including a lock of his hair and the coach he died on in Kent. If you are in or around Portsmouth this is a must see and is well hidden so must look carefully. It is really cheap with free kids with just 1 adult. Less than an hour is recommended. It took me 30 minutes!

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

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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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Although Dickens only lived here a few months, the house gave us an idea how his parents lived before falling on hard time into the debtors' prison. The exhibit was Interesting and well organized. The tour guide in her Georgian period costume was informative. Enjoyed the visit.

Thank K L
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

As a huge Dickens fan...travelling to places like Rochester, Broadstairs & area's of London, this is a 'Mecca' for me...His birthplace...I would class this as a 'memorial museum to the great man really & is very interesting...based on 4 floors, showing various personal artefacts belonging to Charles Dickens..as people have said..its like stepping back in time - actually to the 7th February 12..it was known at the time as No 1 Mile End Terrace, Lamport. I would recommend this Museum to everybody...but then i suppose i am biased lol...please do visit!! You never know, you might get the Dickens bug....!!!

1  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

For Dickens fan, this little museum is worth it. It is a small museum with information boards in each room along with the couch where Dickens died. I would have liked to have the top floor rooms furnished to see how they would have been used. However, the rooms that are preserved are wonderful. Great value for the admission price.

Thank Lythia B
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