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Dr. Johnson's House

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17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
+44 20 7353 3745
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Wonderful to see where the most famous of the first English dictionaries was complied and also to... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Davec0l
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Belfast
Fascinating and not crowded

This is a lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square. The volunteer was very... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Jackie H
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London, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Average8%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
City of London
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+44 20 7353 3745
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Wonderful to see where the most famous of the first English dictionaries was complied and also to learn much about John'stons life and friends. The house is just as interesting to see how people lived in the 1700's in London. The chain on the door,...More

1  Thank Davec0l
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This is a lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square. The volunteer was very helpful and gave us a clear idea of what to look out for and what to read. there are some interesting items and books in the...More

2  Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

A Grand old building tucked away from the main thoroughfare. Lots of information all the way around about the building, the dictionaries and the people who lived there. Easy to move from floor to floor, kids loved the dressing up area and tried on lots...More

1  Thank helgre2016
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I visited both to see Dr Johnson's house and also to see it as an example of a surviving house from that period. It was interesting to see the interior decor and colours from the period. Also, the layout was interesting. It's a shame that...More

1  Thank Nigel D
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable hour wondering around this old house, it's a miracle it survived the blitz. Make sure to look out for the original front door on the way out complete with security chain!

2  Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

We visited the house in January 2018 and it was quiet. It's quite difficult to find being surrounded by high rise office buildings. NT members get a good discount. Allow about 1 to 1.5 hours for your visit. It is not very large. All well...More

2  Thank Geoff3881
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

This is a lovely old house where Dr Samuel Johnson lived while compiling his famous Dictionary of the English Language. There are information sheets to read in every room and I couldn’t help thinking of the episode of Blackadder when he offered his sincere contrafibularities...More

14  Thank Sandygranny
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Fascinating place, where Dr Johnson spent several years with his family, whilst he was compliling the first English dictionary. Great guide with a thorough understanding of yer man & his legacy. An exhibition of David Garrick was being dismantled as we were being shown around,...More

2  Thank Kevin J
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

We treated our best friends to a very enjoyable hour walking around this very nice house.We learnt all about Dr Johnson & Garrick.A very helpful gent on the way in & all on 3 floors.A very interesting hour.We did a group saver on the train...More

1  Thank PhilMerridan
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

From J Boy of Derby Set in beautiful Gough Square off Fleet Street this house contains the dictionary that Dr Johnson wrote. Situated on 4 floors there is a lot of history about the great writer whose works are second only to Shakespeare. Some of...More

2  Thank John B
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It's small, and there isn't a lot there, so I would say an hour would be enough. But there is a library so if you want to peruse the books, then allow longer. The staff are also great - if it's not too busy they are happy to... More
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