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“Interesting Short Visit”

Dr. Johnson's House
Ranked #198 of 1,815 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Something to do to pass a couple of hours in the city. Fairly cheap at £4.50 for an adult, we decided to pay £1.50 to get the recorded tour which lasts about an hour and is a vital accompaniment to any visit. The architechture of the house is fairly interesting but not too outlandish and there's not too much on display, most notably a reprint of his famous dictionary. The real value add comes from the recorded tour which is very interesting and really sheds light on pictures and Johnson's life. Its hidden away down some back alleys off Fleet Street but I recommend a visit if you get an opportunity and are in the area with time spare, not sure I'd go out of my way to visit. All the same it was enjoyable.

Thank Crazy_Jim_83
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

It's is a peep into the life of one of the great figures in literature. The house is well preserved, and it's quite amazing to stand in the room where the eat dictionary was written. The commentary is very succinct and informative. The area around the house is also interesting. Well worthy visit.

Thank DVaus
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

A wonderful place to visit. Small but really worth a visit. As a NT member it is real value. So much to see and learn. On the day we visited it was quiet and inspirational. We will go back again. Beautifully presented, we were left to explore with no time limit. Very helpful people to give information,. We have a strong and lasting impression of this interesting house.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Dr. Johnson was an important 18th century literary figure, the author of the best earliest English dictionary, A Dictionary of the English Language published in 1755. Though he lived in many different houses in London, this is the only surviving one, and was where he lived when he wrote the dictionary. It is a wonderful little 4-story house with two rooms on each floor, furnished with items from the period and relating to Johnson's life.

I rented an audio guide, which was probably the most extensive one I've ever listened to. It provided lengthy descriptions of each room leading from the room to details about Johnson's life and work weaving in information about his friends and colleagues. There was the option of listening to additional descriptions of selected objects in each room. If you don't already know a lot about Johnson, this is a great way to learn about his fascinating life.

There are a few steps to the entrance, which has a little shop, and rather steep flights of stairs between floors. Bathrooms in the basement. No elevators.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Not too pricy for London (and the East Coast Rail 2 for 1 offer adds to the attraction!). However it's well worth the money on its own. I was concerned that it might be quite a dry subject but it turned out to be much more fascinating than I ever imagined. Plenty of original items on show and excellent use of the dictionary definitions themselves. It inspired me to pick up a book about the enterprise.

Thank Roy W
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