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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7247 4013
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 18:00 - 21:00
Wed 18:00 - 21:00
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Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life...

Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.

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Highly atmospheric

I thoroughly enjoyed the silent night tour around the house. Each room has an atmosphere of a bygone era. I felt a few more sounds and smells would have enhanced the feeling of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed the silent night tour around the house. Each room has an atmosphere of a bygone era. I felt a few more sounds and smells would have enhanced the feeling of stepping back in time, but it's a minor point because the room sets are excellent and there is an abundance of objects in each. I would have... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A long awaited but disappointing experience. The advertised 10 minute introduction comprised 2 minutes on the doorstep telling us what we could not do inside the house. We expected to be told a little something about the house and hoped to be told about the silk weavers-nothing. We went at night to get the full effect of the candlelight and... More 

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Thank 346crisp
Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really different but fun and very immersive, Sight, sound, feel and smell to the fore (No touch). Remember this is a trip through history not just up and down a house so the condition and temperature of the rooms as you travel tell a great tale. Great trip worth your while whether on first or 21st trip to London, Easy... More 

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Thank 255060Andy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is an interesting experience. You visit after dark to experience a 17th century household in candlelight. You need to use all your senses. They play on your imagination. Just one warning: try not to look out the window as the surrounding modern office buildings will spoil the experience.

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Thank 55nickw
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Silence, candles, narrow stairs, clocks ticking and floors creaking. If they didn't limit the number of people in the house the freedom of not being rushed would be lost. Make sure you book and don't bother taking out your camera - you're monitored to ensure no photos are taken. And that's a good thing in a world where we rush,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As an art historian, Dennis Sever's house was a dream come true for me. I never experienced something so poetic in my life. I warmly encourage visitors to visit this extraordinary place.

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Thank Giulia L
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This time-capsule house is a bit off the beaten path, and I think it's still not terribly well-known despite popping up on lots of 'secret London' lists. Which is actually great, because it feels like a hidden curiosity, tucked away in a little quiet street. It's such an unusual and interesting visit, especially for those with a fascination for history.... More 

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Benfleet,Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's actually been a few years since I visited, but nothing changes so still relevant This place is fabulous, history come alive - & for me a special poignancy as I spent my formative years here - not quite in this house. but 3 doors away at #24. Each room of Dennis Severs' House is decorated as it would have... More 

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

This is definitely not your usual museum. Outside is vibrant Bishopgate with its multi million pound companies and chauffeur driven cars, as you enter into the house you step into a different world of 150 years earlier, it takes awhile for your eyes to adjust to the candle light, but your ears become sensitive to the sounds as does the... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not to be missed! We went slowly through the various rooms and I couldn't get over the immersive experience of seeing candle-lit rooms, half eaten food on the table, dirt, period artifacts, rumpled bed sheets, chamber pots, bolts of fabric stacked up against the walls, laundry hanging. It was cold and they had fires lit in the fireplaces. so the... More 

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