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“My favorite place in "London"”
Review of Keats House

Keats House
Ranked #348 of 1,650 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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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United States
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“My favorite place in "London"”
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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“Nice way to spend an hour”
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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“Experience a Precious Rarity”
Reviewed November 28, 2008

If you can appreciate the contribution from the great mind of John Keats, then you will be thrilled to actually have an opportunity to experience a visit to Keat's House. You may notice it as being very much like entering a time machine where you can be certain the environment closely resembles itself as it was in the time of Keat's himself. In a way, you can get a feeling being there that comes somewhat from an intuitive place of what it may have felt like dwelling in these quarters in the context of the young poet's existence there; specifically in terms of his reading and creating, and pondering in the library, relaxing in the beautiful back yard, perambulating in the basement kitchen area, dreaming about Fanny, talking to and or writing off letters to all of his associations etc. The house and grounds are beautifully well preserved and much more than that, just outside the front door STILL stands the tree which birthed the poem Ode to a Nightingale! Inside the house you will find locks of hair from Keats and Fanny (the love of his life)! What touched me deeply--personally--was his actual hand writing of Bright Star, to which he flawlessly penned onto his personal copy of a Shakespeare play as he rode upon ship toward Italy; poignant indeed. There are also actual original handwritten correspondences from Shelley, and orignal handwritings from Thomas Hardy (post Keats). This is only a beginning though as many significant vestiges from the life of this immortal remain exstant here at Keat's House.

Paul Thomson, Canada

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