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The Charles Dickens Museum

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Address: 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX, England
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+44 20 7405 2127
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important...

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 every day of the week, and welcome visitors of all ages.

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Excellent insight to the life aand works of Dickens

Fascinating artefacts and informative interpretation make this museum a must-see for lovers of the works one of our greatest writers. The early encounter with the debtors' prison... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating artefacts and informative interpretation make this museum a must-see for lovers of the works one of our greatest writers. The early encounter with the debtors' prison and subsequent employment in the blacking factory explain why Dickens always understood and stood up for the lower echelons of 19th century society. The temporary exhibition of illustrations from the Ladybird story of... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A decent museum with nicely laid out and informative rooms. Some nice exhibits all told, especially Charles` oldest surviving handwritten letter. Café is ok but needs vegan meals urgently. Bookshop is poor, any high street bookshop will have many more attractively packaged books. Charles lived here so it is all interesting but one visit is enough.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely little museum, this 5 storey Georgian Town House is dressed and kept exactly as it would have been when Dickens and his family lived there. You are given a very informative booklet that explains each room and Dickens lifestyle when he lived at 48, Dougherty Street. Extremely reasonable, £9 adult entry, we paid £6, as 60 plus!!!... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little off the typical tourist route yet well worth exploring. Bus 38 stops on Theobalds Rd and then a short walk. Not far from Holborn tube either. The museum itself has so much information on Charles Dickens who was so much more than just an author. You start to appreciate the tone of his novels as much came from... More 

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Gosforth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth an hour if you are in Bloomsbury or Kings Cross. The last surviving London home that Charles Dickens lived in, all the others have long since been demolished for one reason or another. The house is an impressive 4 floors decked out in period style with lots of Dicken's own furnishings which the Museum has acquired... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Admittedly, I do love history, and the stories of Charles Dickens, so it's natural that I should like this house very much. But there's something very special here. The effect of the gorgeous restoration is breath-taking. The decor is painstakingly recreated, the furniture and Dickens family's possessions and contemporary artefacts are abundant, detailed and naturally placed. It feels so 'lived... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With a nice shop, several floors of artifacts, stories, and links to his books, this is a great place to visit for anyone who loves Dickens' works and wants to connect with his time and his stories.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful piece of history to visit. We learned many things about Charles Dickens we were not aware of. At first I was rather taken aback by it. The history of this great man is unbelievable. One could almost say by the end of our visit, a better and greater appreciation for him was received despite his scallywag ways.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a wet, cold Sunday. We were heading to Foundling Museum but lost the will to walk any further! This was always on my list but not at the top lol. Well, turned out to be one of the nicest, interesting, informative museums we have visited. I think the difference here is this is a quite intimate place as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have passed near this museum many times but, only recently been able to visit. For the afficianados of Charles Dickens this a place they must see. The museum, set on four floors, is an eclectic collection of the author's furniture, writings and other memorabilia, taken from other properties in which he resided and put in this Doughty Street house... More 

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