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“Interesting house”

Charles Dickens Museum
Ranked #89 of 1 815 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went because it was included in our London Pass and it was close to the hotel where we were staying. Worth a visit if you are a Dickens fan. It is also interesting architecturally..

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dickens lived here in the 1830s and the house is set out as though he and his family were still here. Charming place to visit to get a sense of Victorian life for the middle classes. Lots of Dickens’ memorabilia - like his pen - arranged waiting for him to use. Nice cafe and good gift shop.
If you have children with you, end your trip at nearby Coram’s Fields with its playground and petting zoo plus plus plus.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house where Dickens lived, gives a real sense of Victorian life, as well as lots of insights into Charles Dickens himself. It takes about 45 minutes to get around and is therefore not too overwhelming, as some museums are. It was a really enjoyable little visit. It was Lovely to see original manuscripts etc. There is a nice cafe and also a shop for interesting souvenirs/books etc.

Thank Amemfaja
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a three and a half in my book; better than average (3) but perhaps not “very good” (4).
The good points first. It’s in a lovely part of town, well signposted, the staff were friendly and welcoming and there was a free wayfinding leaflet.

The house has several floors but there was a beautifully concealed lift. The kitchen and laundry in the basement were good although maybe a few more props would set the scene better.
Upstairs, highlights included the desk and chair at which Dickens wrote some of his books, some bars from Marshalsea Prison and there were also original letters in the hallway. The dining table was beautifully laid along with place names giving details about dining companions Dickens would have known.
The museum was spotlessly clean and I liked the silhouettes painted on the walls which pointed the way.

Now for the bad, £9 per adult felt a bit expensive. The lighting was dim and made some things hard to read. There were anti glare blinds up, presumably to protect the contents but again, this made viewing a bit awkward.

I’m trying not to be too negative here as I appreciate the effort that goes into something like this but there wasn’t the wow factor for me. It was a bit dry. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a huge Dickens fan and if you could get a 2 for 1 offer or similar. Would I return? I’m not sure.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone who likes Charles Dickens will absolutely love this little gem! Lots to see and do and the kids had so much fun dressing up. There is a lovely little cafe on site with nice cakes etc. I would have liked to have done this around Xmas time to get into the Xmas spirit!

Thank Sharryayr
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