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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

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Address: 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
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+44 23 9282 7261
10:00 - 17:30
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:30

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History in the middle of rubbish

Be cautious of the time of day a mosque has been allowed next door so may be busy when trying to park or walk on pavements etc, shame they built the housing estate right on top of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with a friend who is a huge Charles Dickens fan, although I have visited before on several occasions. We were terribly unlucky on the day we went as our arrival coincided with the arrival of a large group of Italian students (about 30 of them) so there was literally no room for us to enter any of the... More 

Thank SammieA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Be cautious of the time of day a mosque has been allowed next door so may be busy when trying to park or walk on pavements etc, shame they built the housing estate right on top of it as well.

Thank darenrb
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is easy to take heritage for granted. We walk past it every day. But if you live in or near the great city of Portsmouth then you really should take in this amazing piece of genuine history. We are incredibly lucky (in this area) to have a rich wealth of historical attractions, its our duty to treasure them for... More 

Thank Jennifer P
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I'm a huge fan of Charles Dickens and unlucky it's closed for the season. I was not able to fit in a better time to visit but still wanted to see.. Will go back hopefully on a better time and give a better rating as it's not their fault it's closed. LOVE HIS WORKS

Thank D E
Manchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is a small museum which is quite hard to find, but worth it when you get there. It's a lovely little museum with knowledgeable staff. each room has information about thye room and what is in it. Well worth a visit

1 Thank purplecatlover
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great for the Dickens enthusiast - I wasn't aware he had been born in Portsmouth until I saw the leaflet! Lots of interesting pictures and book reviews from the era, and the gift shop is very reasonable, especially the books!

Thank Tibbiegirl
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Interesting place. Worth seeing. Council Estate location bit dodgy but in day light hours you should be alright. Parking on street bit dodgy.

Thank Siroisan
Deal, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

I didn't realise Dickens was born in Portsmouth until reviewing places to visit on TripAdvisor. A great representation of how the house would have been during the 1800's. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk around, but is worth the time if you are in the area and interested in Dickens or the period. The house is furnished with... More 

3 Thank Stuart B
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I very much enjoyed a visit to this house. I am a fan of Charles Dickens and couldn't complete this trip without a visit her. It was lovely. Great to get some information from the staff downstairs prior to beginning your self guided tour. There are paddles offering information as you get to each room and some interesting folders with... More 

2 Thank Nataleec7
England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I appreciate that the building is of historical significance but, in my opinion, there are other museums that better reflect Charles Dickens. Yes he was born here (7th February 1812) but the family moved away in June 1812. A lot of the artefacts have been borrowed from elsewhere and so do not have a direct bearing on the house. We... More 

3 Thank Pamjo444

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