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“Intriguing visit”

Dennis Severs' House
Ranked #203 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Owner description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Intriguing visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Atmospheric house with quirky touches that you won't find in most period house visits. Staff were a little stand offish but otherwise had a very pleasant first visit. Certainly would go back again with visitors from overseas.

Visited March 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the best places to visit in the capital”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I've been here twice now (many years apart) and have to report that it still ticks all the boxes for me. The unobtrusive and scarcely signed entrance only adds to the sense of secrecy as you enter this wonderful house. You really do feel like a guest of Mr Severs himself and the place is completely uncommercialised.
The rooms on 4 floors are SO atmospheric, each lit with parafin lamps and candles with the fires lit and signs of recent 'occupation' everywhere. There are no signs, no displays, just little cameos for those that truly observe what's around them and become immersed in the experience.
I won't say any more as it would spoil the surprise but JUST GO!
It's open on Sunday afternoons for £10 entry and thus can easily be taken in if doing the Brick Lane, Spitalfields Sunday markets.
Enjoy!

Visited March 2013
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Atmospheric, idiosyncratic - unmissable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Let us start with the 'surprises'. (1) You are not given a guide or written information about the contents or the history of the house; (2) you must go around in total silence.

This eighteenth century Huguenot weaver's house is designed to be an experience of the period, with sound effects. It is very difficult to describe unless you are expecting this, as you may be thinking that you are visiting a museum with its attendant copious amount of information about the 'exhibits'. Instead you wander around ten rooms which look frozen in a moment of time - as if the family living their had been removed without trace or warning leaving behind half consumed food and drink, washing up and laundry, etc.

In the silence, amid the clutter of the family's everyday life, you are transported back to the time the house was originally occupied.

Don't miss this unique experience.

Visited March 2013
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6 Thank christopher c
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“unique experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Must see place whether you live in London or just visiting; especially if you like all things from the past- including costume dramas =)
although when inside, we couldn't really imagine we were transported to another century, though interestingly, it was when I stepped into the modern world outside again that the overwhelming change kind of hit me!
in the end, if you're a difficult person to please -like my friend- you may not be too impressed but it will be a unique experience with insights to how/in what conditions people lived back in those days & how they chose to decorate their living space..but most importantly, it will definitely make you feel grateful for your life/home in this century!

Visited March 2013
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London
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

2 minute introduction. Little information on what you are seeing.
The house is interesting but its not worth the £14 entry fee.

The manager was very patronising in his what you can and can't do speech before he lets you in the door. The notes in the rooms are also quite condescending.

I wouldn't recommend the experience to others.

Visited February 2013
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