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The Charles Dickens Museum

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published January 16th 2014
Update June 15th 2016
The museum is now closed to visitors on Mondays (excluding bank holidays) and adult admission is 9.

An up close experience with the famous author
Located on a quiet street amongst houses mostly converted into doctor's offices is 48 Doughty Street, 'the only surviving London residence' of Charles Dickens. The author and his family lived in the house for only two years, but it is the site where Dickens composed such classics as Oliver Twist. The house has been converted into a museum which showcases one of the largest collections of his personal effects in the world.

Dickens' Residence. Photo by Erin Connelly


Visitors can view his manuscripts, writing instruments, letters, and other personal possessions. In fact, the museum holds over 100,000 Dickens-related items in its permanent collection.

The original door. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The museum is arranged to give the visitor an impression of what it was like for Dickens when he lived there. This experience is more fully brought to life via costumed tours, which take place on the third Saturday of each month while the museum is closed to the rest of the public. These tours are especially suited for children. Tickets for the costumed tours must be prebooked.

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. It is a short walk from King's Cross/St Pancras or Russell Square.
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Why? Visit the only remaining residence of Charles Dickens
When: Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm
Phone: 20 7405 2127
Where: 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX
Cost: See website for details
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