Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important Dickens collection with over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources. Based in 48 Doughty Street, the author’s only surviving London house, we offer visitors the chance to experience what Dickens’s home would have been like and learn more about the great novelist and social commentator. We are open from Tuesday to Sunday, and welcome visitors of all ages.
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Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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  • Russell Square • 7 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 9 min walk
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  • PJD2909
    London, United Kingdom103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stepping into the 1830s at the Dickens House
    Charles Dickens and his new wife Catherine moved to Doughty Street in his first flush of fame after the publication of the Pickwick Papers. Although they only stayed for a couple of years, the Dickens House Fund has built up an impressive collection of Dickens memorabilia (most notably, his writing desk and lectern) and furnished the house in a manner appropriate to the 1830s. The contents are fascinating, but as with any small museum or gallery, the real value comes from the volunteer guides, who were exceptionally well informed and presented their information well. Not for small children, but anyone interested in literature, domestic architecture or Victorian London is in for a fascinating visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 24 March 2023
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom2,329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Mecca for Dickens Fans!
    Dickens rented No 48 from 1837-1839. He moved there with his wife Catherine and their eldest son Charlie. While living there, he finished writing The Pickwick Papers and wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist. There is so much that helps understand the man - bars from the Marshalsea prison, evidence from his childhood, including the Blacking Factory, tools of his trade, plus exhibits about his use of magic to entertain and his disbelief in ghosts and haunting. Definitely a must see museum for Dickens fans. Check the website for dates and times and beware of access if you have mobility issues.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • JedAfterthought
    Levin, New Zealand218 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Small but interesting museum about Charles Darwin. Set in his house in Camden, you really feel like you can visualise his life there. They have worked hard to make it child-friendly too. Loved his manuscripts and letters: and his desk!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Hannah
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely small museum with beautiful garden café
    Lovely small museum with gift shop and beautiful garden with café. I really enjoyed wandering round the house and enjoyed the fact that it felt like you could actually live there. There was lots of interesting detail about Dickens's life and links to the stories. The audio guide is accessed via your phone so I would recommend taking earphones so you can hear the information but not spoil the atmosphere. If the weather is good, I would thoroughly recommend having a drink in the garden as it is beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
  • discretionw
    Metuchen, New Jersey14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charles Dickens Museum is a gem
    I’m not an avid Dickens reader but I would put Great Expectations up there as a favorite. My daughter and I ventured in, attracted by the prospect of a quiet museum on a quiet street. Our experience far surpassed our expectations. Seeing how Dickens lived with his family at this early period in his career was fascinating. You palpably feel the ambition driving his early success. The docents were excellent. I encourage visitors to engage them, take advantage of their exceptional knowledge and passion for Dickens. They inspired me to buy Claire Tomalin’s biography in the gift shop, which I cannot put down. Dickens was such a reflection of 19th Century London that I now feel it’s essential to visit this museum, if you seriously want to understand the city. Regardless of your familiarity with his work, this museum is worth s visit. It opens a door into his home and life, as though he just stepped out for an errand. It inspires one to learn more, the sign of a successful museum. The gift shop is unique to the place, with a good book selection. Don’t miss the garden cafe, a very pleasant verdant nook. And, on a practical note, I don’t know how they fit them in this tight space but there are nice clean public bathrooms on two floors, if needed. Don’t miss the wash room sink where the Christmas pudding was made. Enjoy!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Caroline H
    Ystalyfera, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful visit.
    A beautiful property set up as it would have been in Charles Dickens day. Lots of things for children to interact with too. I sat in the walled garden and enjoyed a pot of tea with delicious gluten-free chocolate cake. Lots of the museum exhibits are labelled and give the reader interesting information on Dickens. A couple of WC’s on several of the four levels in the property. Hearing the clock in the hallway was delightful, he would have heard this himself. I’ve wanted to visit here for many years, it was worth it. There’s such a lot more I could add to my review, all positive. Nice items in the gift shop, but no prices on several things I looked at so I put them back. I think it’s something the museum needs to look at. But otherwise, a wonderful day out that brought me closer to my favourite author. Seeing his writing desk was something very special indeed. And the copper that would have been used for the Dickens Christmas puddings when it wasn’t in use for laundry, a very lovely thing to see. I highly enjoyable visit, and I encourage you to visit too dear reader.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Mary1542
    West Lothian, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place with lovely staff
    This was a real highlight of our recent trip to London. The museum is beautifully kept by knowledgeable friendly staff who were happy to answer any questions. It felt like a calm oasis in the middle of a busy place. I love anything to do with the Victorian era and the museum gives a fascinating taste of how Dickens lived. There were also information boards on the London Fog which were interesting and I liked seeing the artefacts such as Dickens' writing desk and his wife's jewellery. A great gift shop too. I hope to visit again some day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Steuart L
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Literary Museum
    Really interesting place to visit, with welcoming, knowledgeable and informative guides. Plenty to see and keep the visitor informed and interested with regard to life in Victorian Britain. On a more specific level, the artefacts relating to Charles Dickens including scripts, personal possessions and furniture are a must for anyone interested in him as a novelist and writer, as well as being of interest more generally regarding that period in British history. There is also a lovely little cafe in the basement with tables outside in the garden when the weather is suitable.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Brian F
    Darlington, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable experience.
    My first visit and I didn't know what to expect so I got a pleasant surprise, from the friendly staff, the excellent presentation of the family rooms, the shop and the cafe, it was very enjoyable. The family rooms are well explained and it was good to see where the great man himself and his family all lived. thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • F8099EWmichaelf
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Museum Not To Be Missed
    One of the BEST museums I have ever experienced. The rooms were so authentic and seemed to reflect how Dickens and his family lived and worked. I loved learning about his beloved niece who died in that very house shattering the author's spirit for a time. Will certainly return on my next trip to London.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
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Sinead S
County Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Small and authentic museum. Wonderful to experience the house where Dickens lived. The best assets of this museum are the staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about the world of Charles Dickens. Their contributions to the experience are invaluable and create a really immersive experience
Written 18 February 2024
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RCRC
Cork, Ireland85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Super true Victorian atmosphere of this fantastic authors Home.Superb friendly staff. To be able to share on this historic site is fantastic, Dickens wrote XYZ here, a wow...
Written 17 February 2024
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Bobdobb
Brighton146 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Despite ringing ahead and speaking to a pleasant, Italian lady and explaining their website wasn’t allowing me to book a ticket for today, was advised that I could still come down as you’re only able to book in advance and the museum wasn’t currently busy. Turned up in the rain. Walked in. Stood at till. Nobody around. Knocked on door window, where two ladies were having a conversation. A shortish lady possibly in her late forties - early fifties with bobbed, black hair came up and when I politely told her of my phone call and that I needed to buy an entry ticket, she BRUSQUELY said “That’s because we’re closed on Tuesdays. I’ll escort you out”. Also repeated that I mustn’t have made it clear in my ‘phone call that I was visiting today. No smile, no courtesy, no apology. Nothing. She promptly led me out and closed the door. Afterwards I explained this to the lovely, friendly Italian lady who said that the staff member “may be stressed as a school party were coming”. As echoed by other reviewers, social skills and manners seem to be lacking in some staff working at the Charles Dickens Museum. Even if you prefer history to people, when working in a public facing capacity, a friendly demeanour and courtesy are a requisite . Such a shame, as previous visits there have been wonderful. Not today!
Written 13 February 2024
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SWFam5
Maplewood, NJ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
My family and I were pleasantly surprised by this small museum and house tour. We've been to many such small museums, but this one was the most interesting and beautifully maintained by far. It feels as though the Dickens family just stepped out for a moment and allowed his guests to wander freely for an afternoon. We learned so much about Dickens and his works, family, and friends. The souvenir shop was lovely as well. However, the one thing that stood out the most was the restroom. I have never seen a more elegant, clean bathroom in such a setting. I know it's a strange thing to comment about, but it truly was the bonus room and a must see when you visit. I highly recommend this museum and its lavatory.
Written 2 February 2024
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DB5MiiOwl
essex74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I used to live in Holborn and went here when 9 with St Albans primary school - now almost over 50 years later I went on Christmas Eve and it wasn’t disappointing - the place smelled of Christmas and had decorative Christmas feel all over. There is a lift to visit all the floors and a cafe for a well earned tea and cake. As we went at Christmas on a special opening we got a mulled wine and minced pie freee and also they were showing different films of Scrooge - this visit took me back to my youth
Written 31 January 2024
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Stardoe
Dubbo68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A short walk from Russel Square Station is the previous home of Charles Dickens. The museum is set out as his house was when he lived there, with much of the furniture belonging personally to him either from that house or others. There are knowledgeable people who answer questions or tell you interesting stories about the life of Dickens and his family. We explored the basement kitchen, living rooms, bedrooms and other displays about Dickens' work and life. The whole visit takes about an hour which we did after our earlier visit to the Postal Museum nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the home and learning about of one of the most famous authors of our time.
Written 21 January 2024
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Marwa
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The place is great, you'll feel like you're living the details with the narration audio of life of Dickens
Written 28 December 2023
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Jo S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited Charles Dickens Museum for the Finding Father Christmas event on Sunday. (They’ve since deleted any mention of the event on their social media/site). It was hands down the worse Christmas event I’ve attended with my family. I emailed them about our experience:
“We have returned from a trip into London to your “Find Father Christmas” event with our 4 children aged 4, 6, 7, 8 years.
We love Christmas, Christmas spirit, all things decorative and magical that comes with it. As do our children.
The event at the Charles dickens museum was the worse Father Christmas event we have ever visited. My daughters and I left emotional and in tears. (We reassured them it was a fake Father Christmas.)
There was nothing magical. No Christmas spirit. No christmas decor. The “Father Christmas”, trainers showing, poor wig and hat that kept falling off, was the worse impersonator we have come across.
And the “gifts” were poorer than a stingy party bag.
How you could call this a Christmas event is beyond me. How could you justify the £10 entrance for a choc coin, pencil and eBay stickers, which probably cost £2 max a bag is also beyond me - especially when you had a whole gift shop of gifts to offer!
Our daughters commented: “what was the point of the hedgehog toys on the trail it could have at least been a toy reindeer!”
In such a beautiful building you put Santa in a boardroom with boardroom chairs and not a mistletoe, snowflake, paper chain or elf in sight.
We were appalled. We complained and were told that the event had only been sprung on them that day. So they had “cobbled” something together. You should have cancelled the event!
The manager Adam refused to take responsibility- blaming events and an events manager that should have been there but not turned up. He could neither confirm nor deny that it wasn’t up to scratch because he said it’s his job on the line so didn’t want to say anything to jeopardise it! I hope he has provided you with my details as requested.
I can only presume your events manager Jordan Evans-Hill has a) no understanding of children and the magic of Christmas and b) thought it was funny to play the role of Scrooge.
We were disgusted. For a literary place which should have been full of imagination and warmth you left us cold.
I have no shyness in asking for a full refund as you simply did not deliver and disappointed this family of 6.”
… I attached a picture with my number to call me…. And explained: “This is not magical. This is not Christmas spirit.
No one expects to find Father Christmas in a boardroom.”

I waited for a response, a phone call, an apology….
All I received was “Good Evening,

This is to confirm that we have processed a refund for you, and you should receive your money shortly.

Please let us know if you have not received it within 1 working week.

Regards,”

No phone call. No explanation. No apology. I am stilled utterly appalled how they have treated families at Christmas and think they could get away with it! I wouldn’t entertain visiting here again. No Christmas spirit, just bah humbug.
Written 13 December 2023
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Steph
Toronto, Canada166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Lovely little museum set up to look like it did when Dickens lived there. There's a free audioguide and the admission fee is reasonable. The staff are lovely and there's at least one or two of them around at all times to answer questions/chat about the displays. Cute little giftshop and they've opened a tearoom (unfortunately I didn't have enough time to also do the tearoom, so I'd budget 2-3 hrs if you want to go through the whole museum and sit for a spot of tea).
Written 6 December 2023
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F8099EWmichaelf
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
One of the BEST museums I have ever experienced. The rooms were so authentic and seemed to reflect how Dickens and his family lived and worked. I loved learning about his beloved niece who died in that very house shattering the author's spirit for a time.
Will certainly return on my next trip to London.
Written 29 October 2023
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