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“Keats House - A thing of beauty is a joy forever”
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Keats House
Ranked #378 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover the house where Romantic poet John Keats wrote his best-loved poems. This beautiful Georgian villa is where Keats found inspiration, friendship and love. Now a museum and literary centre, the house brings to life the memory and legacy of Keats through its tranquil gardens and a lively programme of tours and special events.
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Bologna, Italy
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“Keats House - A thing of beauty is a joy forever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

Keats Grove, a turning off Downshire Hill, to the right of the Regency church of St Johns Downshire Hill, is surely one of the loveliest streets not just in Hampstead but in the whole of London, and Keats House with its splendid garden is a fitting monument to this poetic genius (who originally trained as an apothecary). His passion for poetry led to his friendship with the owners of this house, where he lived for the most creative period of his life in the hope that getting away from the smoke to the fresh air of Hampstead Heath would restore his constitution, as they used to say. The interior has been lovingly refurbished to reflect the kind of home it would have been when Keats wrote his "Ode to a Nightingale", and many of his personal belongings and relics are on display. One of the most moving literary homes in England. Take the Northern Line to Hampstead and then walk down Rosslyn Hill and turn left into Downshire Hill, or the Overground to Hampstead Heath. There is an admission fee but you can come back again with the same ticket. More details: http://www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk/

Visited August 2011
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“Very interesting historical house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

Keats lived in this house for a short while and structurally it has been changed since that time, but undergone careful restoration to show it as a regency house at the time Keats would have lived there. While much of the furniture is not original to the house it is contemporary and gives an idea of how the house might have looked. There are a number of interesting works of art, many showing Keats himself, and some fascinating objects including a ring that Keats gave to Fanny Brawne. Overall a visit to this house is a really very pleasant experience. Staff were welcoming and pleasant, and advised us to use the laminated information sheets in each room, which were really helpful and informative. It's not a huge house but there is enough of interest to occupy an hour or so. Once you have paid the admission (currently £5) it lasts for a year should you want to revisit . The house is set on a lovely quiet residential road in Hampstead and is surrounded by garden. There is a small selection of souvenirs for sale. Anyone with an interest in Keats, or who has seen the film Bright Star will probably find this a fascinating visit. You might want to note that the house is set over three floors with no lift and the stairs are quite steep.

Visited January 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Happy is Keats House! I could be content.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

Keats House is just perfect. It won't take you long to view, but I promise you'll want to linger well after you've completed your first walk-through. The staff is welcoming, but unobtrusive and you can walk through the house at your own pace, poring over each room's artifacts as slowly and carefully as you choose. The house does boast a lovely assortment of Keats artifacts and the gift shop is well-stocked. I recommend taking the Overground up to the Hampstead Heath stop. It's just a two minute walk from there.

Visited June 2011
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“My favorite place in "London"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2010

Early on a Sunday morning, I take the tube north to Hampstead. I walk thru the town just starting to hustle and bustle. When I turn down Keats Grove, the bustle stops. It is quiet except for the birds and my footsteps. I stop to admire the garden of Keats House and then walk on to the Heath. It is so nice to walk thru the Heath in the morning. Then I return to Keats House when it opens. You enter thru the back door now. The gift shop is to the left when you enter. The ticket you receive for the entry fee can be used on a return trip. The engagement ring is in the gift shop area (but is not for sale). :-) The furnishings are similar to the ones that Keats and the Brawns would have had in the house originally. There are several items in the home that Keats owned. Many of the manuscripts that used to be on display in the home have been moved. You can visit the Keats Library next door. Even if you are not into Keats work, you will enjoy this historic home. They occasionally have readings and family events in the large parlor room (this is an add-on after Keats time). After touring the house, I usually find a nice place to grab an early dinner or late lunch. The Hampstead Tea Room or The Wells are nice places to have a Sunday roast.

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luton, england
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“Nice way to spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2010

Keats House won't take you long to view but i thoughly enjoyed it,
the house is beautifully restored with interesting information dotted around the rooms and some original pieces placed
the map you are given is very handy as it directs you from room to room and tells you about each one in turn
the garden is beautiful to sit in and i saw a few people come in with books to sit on the benches, some people may complain about paying £5 as it isnt as time consuming or full of items like some other places but i enjoyed it and would recommend it

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