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“Great little museum”

Charles Dickens Museum
Ranked #73 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 17 May 2014

If you're a big fan of Dickens, this is you're place to go, but even if you're a casual fan, you'll enjoy the visit to the one time home (albeit for only a couple of years) of the "Christmas Carol" author. There are lots of original artifacts here and you can picture the family moving throughout the premises.

It is not huge and took us about an hour to meander through the house. The gift shop has a few nice Dickens items for sale for any big fans and the tea shop has some nice items if you're looking for a little break.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Five floors of family history and background to Dickens well supported and interpreted by the volunteer guides. A really interesting insight into life in the mid 19th century and how Dickens' life shaped and informed his writing. Well worth the £8 entrance fee. Didn't have time to sample the tearoom. Recommended.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Running short of time, we almost dropped this from our itinerary. That would have been a shame. This museum was far more interesting than I expected. I am a casual fan of Dickens but I have a new interest after spending some time in the house where he became a famous writer. It's very well done with lots of authentic artifacts - it feels like the Dickens family will walk back in the door and wonder what you're doing in their house. The gift shop and cafe are nice as well and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

If it's a sunny day and you arrive at Euston, St Pancras or Kings Cross then walk here - down Grays Inn Road and then right into Guildford Street and then second left in Doughty Street.

After all Charles Dickens walked everywhere and it gets you in the mindset.

It helps if you know your Dickens too.

The guides are quite frankly brilliant - enthusiastic and knowledgeable but evenso there was stuff that I knew that added to the visit which wasn't explained anywhere. There could be more about Mrs Dickens (Sue Perkins did a very good documentary from her point of view about life with the Great Man). Equally there was little from the point of view of Dickens the father from the perspective of the children, yet this was the family house. I'd liked to have seen a family tree, showing his parents and grandparents, and his children and grandchildren (maybe a line to Monica Dickens too ?).

The tearoom is very good (prices reasonable too) and the garden was a relaxing respite before pressing on to the next tourist attraction.

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

If you're a fan of Victorian England or of Charles Dickens, GO. Very informative and a good quick visit.

Otherwise, it's pretty far from other tourist things and the Russell station on the Tube has a 15 floor staircase you can climb OR an elevator. We were pretty uncomfortable in that station.

Thank knabes13
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