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Review of Carlyle's House

Carlyle's House
Ranked #362 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Well worth a visit, just off the Chelsea Embankment. (Look out for the statue of Carlyle at the bottom of Cheyne Row). Ideal for a rainy afternoon. The house is charming and just as it was in the 19th century. Amazing to think that Chelsea then was rural so the rent was cheap. Living conditions were basic - there was no bathroom and they and their famous visitors used a privy in the garden. (have a peek, it has been lovingly restored!) The poor maid had a hard lot in life with a bed in the kitchen. You don't need to know anything about the Carlyles before you go because there is a lot of information available as you wander around and the guides are very knowledgeable. The NT guidebook is worth buying and good value at £3.50. You will be fascinated by the accounts of their troubled marriage and just how celebrated they were. All the famous Victorians came to see them so there are also accounts of Dickens, Tennyson, George Eliot, and many more. A thoroughly satisfying experience. PS if you want to go to a nice pub afterwards, stroll up the adjacent road, Old Church Street, until you get to The Pig's Ear.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Just to read his quotes and sayings is a treat and there are plenty to see in this great house. You will see his desk where he actually wrote ALL of his prodigious writings over 50 years. To read how he loaned his original copy of " The French Revolution " to his best friend to appraise, who unbelievably burnt them by mistake to light the house fire !!!!! He did not blanche at this news and immediately set about rewriting the saga which took him another 2 1/2 years !!! See the collection of books he wrote on Frederick the Great of Prussia that took over 8 years to write. One of his one liners that we loved was " Most of man's problems can be traced to the bowels " . Oh, and do not miss the recently refurbished toilet at the back of the house in the restful gardens ,as the Trust have done a wonderful job in presenting them to the public AND we can actually use them. The man was a classic and you should not miss visiting his digs if anywhere within 100 kms.in London

2  Thank Badbones
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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

A lovely house to visit in the heart of Chelsea. Volunteers are all very helpful. Nothing is too much for them. The garden is at the rear of the property. It is so peaceful sitting there.

1  Thank Karen W
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Multi-story house (including cellar area) with many steps up to the top - so please consider access if you struggle with stairs. Stocked full of Carlyle's books and paintings of the man, sympathetically restored with original/reproduction pieces. The property has been used in a few TV productions. The garden is small but sweet with a few seats to take in the peace and quiet of this tiny walled garden. As usual, NT guides knowledgeable and approachable.

2  Thank Jackman78
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I have been here before some years previously and obviously as a National Trust property it has changed little. The house itself is small but very interesting. It is a chance to enter an 18th century Chelsea house that has changed little in the last 100 plus years. It also has fascinating information on Carlyle himself and many Victorian dignatories that he was connected with. The garden was delightfull as was the renewed Victorian WC. The guides were very helpful if a little verbose and I am not sure if everything the told me was 100% accurate - such as that one of the reasons that the attic room was not sound proof is that sound rises!

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